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
- Time Difference+2 GMT
- Flight Duration from UK3 - 4 hours (Approx)
- Nearest AirportSantorini (JTR)
Santorini Holidays - Destination Profile
Searching for a holiday destination that offers the best of natural beauty, relaxation, culture and activities? A holiday in Santorini, Greece is the answer.
The island of Santorini is famous for breathtaking views, beautiful sunsets and its very own active volcano. Putting natural beauty aside, Santorini is also teeming with cultural attractions and architectural splendours. If you're in search of a holiday destination that offers all the classic components of relaxing getaway then an all inclusive holiday in Santorini is perfect for you.
Experience a wealth of splendours during your holiday in Santorini
Situated in the southern Cyclades of Greece, Santorini is one of the most famous holiday destinations in the world - and it's easy to see why. Holidaymakers simply can't resist its vast beaches, breathtaking views, traditional architecture and warm hospitality.
Santorini's capital Fira is nestled above the island's harbour, clinging to its cliffside and is connected to the harbour below by way of a quaint, winding path of steps. The harbour can also be reached by cable car or the more traditional method of by donkey. Fira is well known for its quintessential, whitewashed houses and it is also brimming with shops, bars and traditional restaurants, where you can enjoy fresh seafood and local Greek specialities during your holiday.
Although Fira offers no end of incredible photo opportunities the small town of Oia, which is an accumulation of pretty white washed buildings hugging the cliff top and located at the northern tip of the island is quite often regarded as the place to witness the perfect sunset.
The resort of Perissa on the east of the island and set against a spectacular mountain backdrop offers a wide range of water sports on its black sandy beach as well as numerous bars, cafes and restaurants.
With a long black shingle beach Kamari is another resort on Santorini's east side which is great for water sports. As the sun goes down the overlooking Mount Vouno lights up and so do the bars and nightclubs.
For those looking for luxurious surroundings, amazing views and those incredible sunsets then look no further than Imerovigili. An idyllic whitewashed village whose restaurants offer the finest traditional food and local wine and the fact that it is just 2 km from the capital of Fira makes it an ideal place from which explore the shops, bars and restaurants of the capital.
While on holiday in Santorini, visit the small village of Mesa Gonia to encounter an intriguing mixture of ruins and restored villas, as well as a winery at the foot of the village. Pyrgos is another prominent village on Santorini, featuring beautiful old houses, the remains of a Venetian castle and several Byzantine churches.
The village of Megalochori is picturesque and peaceful with stunning views from its hilltop location. Relax and unwind as you gaze over the caldera down to the sparkling sea, or admire the vineyards stretching away from the village; you’re sure of an excellent tipple with your taramasalata.
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.
Cycling - With its narrow, paved streets, short distances, good weather and spectacular landscape, could there be a better place for cycling.
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 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.
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.
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