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Ancient City, Timeless Experiences in your Santorini Rental Car

Perched high above the Aegean Sea, Santorini’s captivating natural beauty has been attracting visitors for ages. With breathtaking water views, glorious sunsets, distinctive architecture, tempting cuisine and plenty of engaging activities, pick up your Santorini rental car at the Airport and discover why Santorini is arguably the most popular island in all of Greece.

Amoudi Bay

Sure, there are a lot of steps, but what a view! If you’re looking for beautiful views of the caldera, park your Thrifty rental car in the northern city of Oia and climb down 300 steps to the tiny port of Amoudi Bay. As a reward for your effort, dine on fresh seafood at one of the local tavernas, cool down with a swim or just relax in the sun. Make sure to stay long enough to catch a glorious Santorini sunset and recharge for the hike back up.

Ancient Thira

Transport yourself back to the 9th century B.C. when you drive your Thrifty rental car to Ancient Thira, an archeological site that is home to ruins from the Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine eras. Here you’ll find Roman baths, ancient mosaic houses and even an authentic marketplace, or agora, as it’s called. While there, don’t forget to visit the Terrace of Festivals, with its amazing views, while you imagine you were part of a ceremony being held to honor Apollo, the Greek god of Light.

Red Beach

While Santorini has many beautiful beaches, if you’re looking for a quieter spot where you can easily stake your spot in the sun, drive your Thrifty rental car to Red Beach — located at the end of the road to Ancient Akrotiri. Named for its red-hued volcanic sand, here you’ll find stunning scenery, prime swimming spots and tempting beachfront cafes and tavernas. The location is a bit remote, but that makes for a less crowded way to soak up some of Santorini’s rays.

Boutari Winery

Savor Santorini by the glass with a trip to the area’s most famous winery, Boutari Winery. Drive your Thrifty rental car to Megalochori, a small town situated between Thira and Akrotiri, and look for the pristine white dome signaling your arrival. The winery has been producing Greece’s most popular wine for almost three decades and offers an in-depth look at their wine making process, as well as tastings of their famous vino.

Ancient Akrotiri

Another one of Santorini’s amazing archeological sites, Ancient Akrotiri is a relatively recent discovery. Discovered in the late 1960s, the site dates back to the 16th century B.C. and was a former Minoan outpost. Drive your Thrifty rental car to this well-preserved village to see several buildings with famous prehistoric frescoes, like the Antelopes and Boxing Children, and captivating artifacts, including ancient pottery.

Cable Car Ride

If you’re up for adventure, drive your Thrifty rental car to Santorini’s capital city of Fira and board a cable car for an unforgettable ride. No ordinary trip, this adventure down to the old port offers unparalleled views of solidified lava flows and rock formations as you thread the edge of the volcano, barreling down 300 meters in a heart-pounding, white-knuckle ride.