RENTING A QUAD BIKE in Santorini
While planning your trip to Greece you should consider renting a quad bike or a buggy and exploring everything the Aegean islands have to offer, while enjoying the sun on your skin and the wind in your hair. With over 2 million tourists every year, Santorini is one of the most visited islands in the world. It offers famous views of the colorful cliffs covered by white buildings, that attract honeymooners from all over the world, and it also hides some gems that won’t leave any explorer indifferent.
Renting a quad will give you total freedom to reach even the most remote parts of the island and not be dependent on local bus schedules or taxis. And it’s also so much fun to drive!
There are, however, some things to keep in mind if it’s your first time riding a quad bike! It is very similar to riding a bike, and other than the throttle, which is controlled by your thumb, the motions are the same – just slow down entering turns and don’t rush at intersections and you’ll be fine. There are plenty of road signs everywhere, but if you’re not sure, better to slow down and let other driver pass before you.
And another important thing – wear sunscreen! Even though you feel the breeze while driving around the winding roads, the sun could still leave its marks on your skin even after a couple of hours out. You don’t want to come to your Santorini photo shoot with fresh tan lines :))
There are many places where you can rent a quad in Santorini. Every major village and, of course, the capital of the island, Fira, have dozens of rental shops where you can get a quad bike, scooter or even a buggy, which is also a great option for driving around, as it has a steering wheel and provides a driving experience that is more similar to a car. The prices for renting a quad vary depending on the time of the season and engine size you prefer. A typical ATV model has a 150cc, however if you want to easily clear those steep hills of Santorini I would recommend going for 300cc or more. They are bigger, safer on turns and more comfortable to drive. Most rentals in Santorini will also include safety equipment in the price, but make sure to double check that before they hand you the keys.
If you’re quad biking around Santorini, it would be a shame not to drive to Oia along the cliff road on the west coast of the island. You could do that in the morning, while it’s not too busy and full of people coming from cruise ships. Walk around the town, take loads of photos, have breakfast in “Karma” restaurant and then head over to Kamari beach along the east coast of the island. Here you can spend a day swimming, windsurfing or parasailing while enjoying the views of the Mesa Vouno hill with Ancient Thira on top, the ruins of the old capital of the island.
After a lunch in one of the many restaurants along the beach, take a 25 minutes drive across the island and then down south-west to Akrotiri. If you love history you can visit the ruins of the ancient settlement of Akrotiri, that was unearthed after being covered in ash during the 1628 BC volcanic eruption. Or spend the rest of the day swimming in the crystal clear waters of the Red or White Beaches.
To end the day visit the Akrotiri light house. It offers amazing views across caldera and it’s one of the few places in Santorini from which you can watch the sunset without being surrounded by thousands of people.
No matter what your travel style is, Santorini offers something for everyone – whether you seek a romantic evening with stunning views, or an active adventure of hiking, swimming, and cliff diving. By renting an ATV, you can have the freedom and flexibility to fully experience every moment of your time on this iconic Greek island.