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Thu, 11 May 2017

Holidays In Monolithos

Monolithos Holidays at a Glance

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Unspoilt charm is what is on offer in Monolithos, a perfect place to shake off the stresses and strains of everyday living. There’s more than enough beach for everyone, and time spent there can be chilled or active. Some good fish restaurants take advantage of the fishermen’s haul while traditional tavernas make for relaxing times both at the beach and in the village. With Santorini’s iconic capital, Thira, a short ride away, a holiday here ticks all the boxes.

Key Facts - Monolithos

  • LanguageGreek
  • CurrencyEuro
  • Dialing Code00 30
  • Time Difference+2 GMT
  • Flight Duration4 hours (Approx)

Safe, shallow seas and a long stretch of sand mean Monolithos has much appeal to young families. The playground, beach activities and family-friendly eateries ensure they’re catered for, too. The air is one of quiet unwinding in scenic surroundings, which also attracts couples, young and old seeking that get-away-from-it-all feeling.

Resort Description:

Seemingly untouched by the passage of time, Monolithos is the place to head to for a relaxing holiday of sunshine, shallow seas and sumptuous, authentic cuisine.

Home to around 400 people, the village is characterised by the white-washed, blue-shuttered dwellings which cluster in the plain of Santorini’s east coast, just a short distance from the airport. A solitary, ancient, rocky outcrop surrounded by grazing meadow, offers a plinthe to the tiny white church of Agios Ioannis. It was also the source of village’s name; monolithos means ‘one rock.’

The main attraction here, though, is the fabulous stretch of sandy beach, pretty much as far as the eye can see in either direction. At this point, a jetty of rocks juts out to sea creating a breakwater juncture, dividing the beach in two. To the quieter north side, the sea is slightly deeper; the shallower south side appeals more to families, hence a number of tavernas have established themselves, both catering for and helping to perpetuate trade. Trees line the rear of the sands bringing welcome shady areas but there are also parasols and sunbeds nearer the water’s edge. A children’s playground, basketball and football, with a few water sports to try out all add to the attractions. But make your way up and down the coast and you’ll discover a host of other pretty, unspoilt beaches. 

Monolithos is well placed to incorporate a bit of shopping and lively times after dark in your holiday, being something under 10 kms from the island capital of Thira with its labyrinthine streets of boutiques and bars. In the opposite direction, beyond the airport is Kamari, which is choc-a-bloc with restaurants and shops. Here, the nights are lively with entertainment including vibrant clubs with DJs. You’ll also find one of Santorini’s best wineries and an open-air cinema in the vicinity. 

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.

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 Monolithos 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 Monolithos 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.

Monolithos 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 Monolithos - 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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