We had such a fun time renting a dune buggy in Santorini in 2019 that we decided to rent one again in 2021. It was a blast and we found even more wonderful places on this beautiful island. We love finding the less popular places in Santorini and this is a fun way to go from place to place.
Our adventure started from our hotel, Astra Suites in Imerovigli and drove pretty much all over the island.
We were not able to visit Ancient Thera in 2019 because it was a Tuesday and we were not aware it was closed on Tuesdays. With this in mind, we made sure not to rent the dune buggy on a Tuesday. Since the day was expected to be hot, we decided to visit here first thing in the morning. We again enjoyed the twisting road up to the top of Ancient Thera.
We really loved this archeological area and spent a couple of hours here just roaming and enjoying the views. You can read more about this area in my post, Discover Ancient Thera. It is important to know that there is a lot of walking while visiting this site.
After a hot morning of walking in Ancient Thera, we jumped back in the dune buggy and headed towards the Santorini Lighthouse, but first, we stopped for a snack. We happened to pass this bakery and decided to stop and enjoy some baklava and Greek coffee. It was amazing.
The Santorini Lighthouse is located on the Southeast Tip of Santorini. This was a nice stop with lovely views. You can click on my Santorini Lighthouse post if you would like to learn more.
The charming village of Emporio was our next stop. This village is a true hidden charm in Santorini. You can wander through the narrow maze like streets through the 15th century Venetian Castle. It was mid afternoon when we strolled through here and it felt like we had the place to ourselves.
Our final stop while renting the dune buggy was in the tiny Santorini villlage of Finikia. Just outside of Oia you will be amazed at how quiet this spot is. We strolled around a bit and then stopped for meze and a drink at Meze Maze. A wonderful spot with delicious domatokeftethes (tomato fritters).
Renting a dune buggy has been a lot of fun for us when we are in Santorini. It allows us the freedom to explore at our own pace and to visit the less famous Santorini gems.