Renowned for its spectacular sunsets and volcanic beauty, incredible Santorini curves around a giant lagoon in the Cyclades Islands.

Description

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.

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 watersports 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.

Highlights

  • One of the most scenic islands in Greece if not the world
  • Steeped in history with fascinating archaeological sites
  • Stunning volcanic landscape contrasted with the deep blue sea
  • Breathtaking picture perfect sunsets

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.

Things To Do

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 Palea 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 Panagia Episkopi, 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.

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 nightclubs to dance the night away.

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

Transport

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 Oia 
  • Kamari to the port 
  • Fira to Karterados-Messaria-port 
  • Fira to Messaria-Monolithos
  • Fira to Karterados-Messaria-Kamari 
  • Fira to Messaria-Pyrgos-Megalochori-Emporio-Perissa
  • Perissa to Megalochori-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.

Climate

Max_temp  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
               
Sun 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

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