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Holidays In Santorini

Santorini Holidays at a glance

Imagine idyllic white-washed villages, blue-domed churches, perfect blue skies and the most incredible sunsets and you'll be imagining Santorini. Santorini is in fact one of those places that lives long in the memory after you've returned home.

A unique, crescent shaped island formed by an ancient volcanic eruption believed to have taken place in approximately 1650 BC and said to possess the most breathtaking views in all the Greek islands, Santorini is located in the southern Cyclades.

The volcanic nature of the island has resulted in a coastline of dark sandy beaches and the most spectacular interior imaginable.

Rising high above sea level the cliffs around the capital of Fira offers views that will never be forgotten and its whitewashed houses are amongst the most photographed in Greece.

Who holidays in Santorini?

Holidays in Santorini are perfect for those looking to witness stunning natural landscapes in a romantic setting. Santorini is also famous for its traditional archaeological heritage - so whether you're looking for relaxation or cultural enrichment, rest assured there is much to see and do during your holiday in Santorini.



Key Facts - Santorini

  • CapitalFira
  • LanguageGreek
  • CurrencyEuro
  • Time Difference+2 GMT
  • Flight Duration from UK3 - 4 hours (Approx)
  • Nearest AirportSantorini (JTR)

Santorini Holidays - Destination Profile

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Akrotiri

Fira

Imerovigli

Enjoy the famous Red Beach and stroll around this picturesque town with its pretty houses and a traditional windmill. There are also plenty of smaller beaches to explore and Olympic Holidays offers some lovely hotels to choose from.

Head to the ancient Minoan Bronze Age settlement which was excavated just 50 years ago. The site was buried by volcanic ash in 1627BC and visitors can now see the preserved remains of what has been suggested was the inspiration for Plato's story of Atlantis.

Fira, the capital of Santorini, sits on the caldera cliffs where the church of St. John, with its blue dome, is one of the most photographed locations in Greece.

Take a look before strolling along the coastal road for a romantic dinner by the sea and experience the most beautiful sunset.

With Olympic Holidays book beautiful, modern luxury hotels with a pool and sunbathing verandas to take in the views.

Peaceful Imerovigli is a clifftop hideaway with pretty traditional houses, tavernas and small churches. The village is close to quiet beaches where the only sound that can be heard is the breaking of waves against the shore.

Luxury hotels, spa resorts and villas for complete comfort and relaxation have been chosen by Olympic Holidays’ experts for discerning guests who simply want to get away from it all.

Book a holiday to Akrotiri

Book a holiday to Fira

Book a holiday to Imerovigli

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Monolithos

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Kamari

Monolithos

Oia

Hanker after traditional Greek charm while enjoying all the creature comforts of a sophisticated hotel?

Look no further because Olympic Holidays offers a choice of modern luxury accommodation for adults only to family-focused hotels, all overlooking the Aegean Sea and rugged peaks of Vouno Mountain.

Enjoy the long, volcanic Blue Flag beach, pedestrianised promenade with shops, bars and tavernas or why not visit the open-air cinema?

Head to Monolithos for a classic Greek holiday to spend all day on the tree-lined sandy beach where, on the south side, the water is shallow and perfect for young families.

Eat out in traditional tavernas knowing the local fishermen’s catch of the day will be on the menu and even better, with Olympic Holidays, book a quiet hotel that’s just over 100 metres from the beach.

White sugar cube houses and blue domed churches perch high on Oia’s volcanic cliffs, making it one of the most picturesque villages on Santorini. 

Enjoy the world-famous sunset and stay in the most luxurious hotels hand-picked by Olympic Holidays.

Perfect for couples, these adults-only hotels offer the finest accommodation and breathtaking views over the glistening turquoise Aegean Sea.

Book a holiday to Kamari

Book a holiday to Monolithos

Book a holiday to Oia

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Perissa

Perivolos

Pyrgos

With a dramatic mountain backdrop, Perissa is a beautiful resort with dark, sandy beaches. 

Lively tavernas and bars line the promenade which is a perfect place for a sundowner or candle-lit dinner under the stars.

Studio accommodation and villas are available through Olympic Holidays to give couples, families or groups flexibility while there are more traditional hotels right on the beachfront.

Please note accommodation in this resort tends to include steps.

Perivolos boasts the longest beach on Santorini. Its black sand and sparkling azure water make a captivating sight and from the beach enjoy watersports or hire snorkelling gear to explore underwater life.

There are bars, tavernas and restaurants along the beachside in this modern resort and Olympic Holidays offers luxury accommodation, in traditional Cycladic-style, for couples and families. Look out for the reduced child prices.

For a magical holiday look no further than Pygos, at the highest point of Santorini, where  panoramic views over the island will remain etched in your memory for ever.

Stay in a small and exclusive ultra-deluxe hotel hand-picked by Olympic Holidays for  discerning guests who want to absorb the Greek culture and lifestyle.

To discover the island’s immense history guests can wander along narrow lanes to the castle and churches, stop off at galleries and call in to traditional hillside cafes for a taste of the real Greece.

Book a holiday to  Perissa

Book a holiday to Perivolos

Book a holiday to Pyrgos

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Vlichada

Vlichada’s long black beach, backed by dramatic white cliffs, is possibly the best in Santorini. From here, watch elegant yachts sail in to the marina as well as fishing boats bringing in their haul to supply the local tavernas.

Eat well and live well by staying in stylish luxury hotels and spa resorts with Olympic Holidays - where all there’s left to do is to indulge in some serious pampering before sipping cocktails by the pool.

Book a holiday to Vilchada

Holidays in Santorini - Things to see

Oia - The delightful village on the northern tip of the island where pristine white washed houses cling to the cliff face, Oia is the place to see the most sensational sunsets. This is possibly the most picturesque village in Greece so don't forget your camera.

Hot springs - Possible to visit by boat and a fantastic way to relax on your holiday. Here you can soak up the therapeutic mud and enjoy a leisurely swim. Located at Palea Kameni, next to the volcano known as Nea Kameni (old burnt one).

Ancient Thira - The site of Ancient Thira is situated on the rocky headland of Mesa Vouno, 370 metres above sea level on the southeast coast. This site was re-colonised after the great eruption.

Akrotiri - An ancient Minoan city, located in the village of the same name, where excavations still continue to this day. There is also a castle (Goulas) which is now ruined (after the Turkish invasion in 1617).

Fira - Fira has an abundance of bars, shops, cafes and tavernas, some offering views of the Caldera. Beautiful cobbled streets, mixing old with new. Some night clubs to dance the night away.

Pyrgos - The large village of Pyrgos retains its medieval features and is the highest point on the island.

Things to do on a Holiday in Santorini

Walking - Santorini is brimming with opportunities for hikers and walkers with amazing scenery to marvel at all over the island.

Water sports - Great water sports opportunities are available on the beaches of Perissa and Kamari.

Cycling - With its narrow, paved streets, short distances, good weather and spectacular landscape, could there be a better place for cycling.

Great Excursions

Sunset cruise Take in the spectacular views of the Caldera. Enjoy a buffet meal and unlimited wine as you watch the sunset over the magnificent island.

Volcano tour experience Cruise over the Caldera, to the volcanic island of Nea Kameni. A guided walking tour will take you to the crater of the volcano before you cool off in the clear waters of the hot springs in Palai Kameni. Take in some of the best views on the island.

Akrotiri Archaeological Site and Museum Explore the ruins of the ancient civilisation of Akrotiri, covered by ash from the volcanic eruption of 1500BC.

Village and Sunset in Oia Visit the spectacular church of Episkope Gonia, the oldest Greek Orthodox church on the island, explore the medieval village of Pyrgos, and the picturesque village of Oia, enjoying the spectacular sunset. See the real Santorini.

Tour of the wine cave museum and sample the local wines - Unlimited wine and a 4 course Greek meal whilst you are entertained all night by traditional dancers and singers.

Eating/Drinking During Santorini Holidays

Greece holidays are truly a paradise for food lovers; speciality dishes include keftedes (meatballs with oregano and mint), dolmades (rice and herbs wrapped in vine leaves) and souvlaki (grilled skewers of meat). Try a Greek meze (a selection of different Greek dishes to taste a little of everything). To compliment your meal, restaurants offer a number of delicious, inexpensive local wines varying from area to area. Or try a glass of ouzo, Greece's national drink.

Major resorts provide a wide variety of bars and restaurants with something to suit all tastes, from all-night discos and international restaurants to cosy little tavernas serving typical Greek fare. Nightlife in the smaller resorts tends to centre round the latter where the charm lies in their authenticity and more traditional feel.

Getting Around on Santorini Holidays

By Boat: There are direct ferries leaving from Santorini to Ios (1 hr) & Crete (6 hrs) with connecting ferries Paros (3hrs) and Mykonos (5hrs)

By bus: Frequent bus services are available for throughout the island connecting the villages of Santorini with Fira.

Bus service available includes:

Fira to Karterados-Messaria-Kamari / Fira to Messaria-Pyrgos-Megalohori-Emporio-Perissa / Fira to Messaria-Monolithos / Fira to Oia / Fira to Karterados-Messaria-port / Kamari to the port / Perissa to Megalohori-port.

Car Hire: An excellent way of getting around during Santorini holidays, car hire gives you complete flexibility as well as the ability to see more of the island.

Santorini Holidays Shopping

Renowned Santorini wineries produce a variety of local wines with wine tasting available at some! Look out for Pumice Stone which is widely available on Santorini.

Santorini has a spectacular collection of gold and silver designs. The gold is the equivalent of 14 carat. Most popular designs are items such as dolphins and axes.

Holidays in Santorini - Beaches

Kamari beach - Kamari beach is a black sand/shingle beach with good water sports facilities and located near the airport.

Perissa and Perivolos beach -Perissa and Perivolos beach is a long stretch of black volcanic sand with the 2 beaches merging into one. There are a variety of water sports on Perivolos beach.

Monolithos beach - Monolithos beach is a fine black sandy beach with good tourist facilities. The shallow wading waters make it ideal for children.

Armeni beach - Armeni beach is a small uncrowded beach located in the north of the island, close to Oia. This beach can be accessed via a 300 step walk.

Weather and climate information

Max Temp C Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct
Santorini 17 19 25 27 27 24 21
London 13 16 20 22 21 19 13
Sunshine Hours Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct
Santorini 8 9 11 12 12 9 7
London 5 6 7 6 6 5 3

 Santorini Holidays - 5 Day Forecast

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