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

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Imagine idyllic white-washed villages, blue-domed churches, perfect blue skies and the most incredible sunsets and you'll be thinking about holidays in Santorini.  

Santorini is definitely one of those places that lives in the memory long after you've returned home. Said to be the Lost City of Atlantis, this unique, crescent shaped island was formed by an ancient volcanic eruption around 1650 BC and possesses the most breathtaking views in all of the Greek islands. Santorini really is a must-visit island in the southern Cyclades and one everybody should add to their bucket list for its picture perfect credentials. Take a stylish resort, add some of the most luxurious boutique hotels in Greece and sprinkle on some of the most breathtaking views you’ll ever see and you’ll have the perfect holiday to Santorini. 

The volcanic nature of the island has resulted in a coastline of dark sandy beaches and the most spectacular interior imaginable. You won't find golden sandy beaches in Santorini due to the volcanic nature of the island, however there are still some towns with great beaches. Seek out the towns of Kamari and Perissa and take some time out on the dramatic beaches to be found there. With dark grey sands and striking backdrops of jagged cliffs; Kamari has been given Blue Flag status and you can find lots of watersports at Perissa. 

Rising high above sea level the cliffs around the capital of Fira offers views that will never be forgotten and its whitewashed houses are among the most photographed in Greece. The fiery sunsets on this island are particularly awe-inspiring, in fact sunsets and Santorini go hand-in-hand. Visit Thira, the capital city. No beaches to be found here as it is perched on the rim of the Caldera looking out over the Aegean sea. There are some great views to be had from Thira however the most famous viewing spot is at the little whitewashed village of Oia, on the island's northern tip, which is also on the Caldera. Arrive early, take your seat outside a taverna, and drink in the view of a lifetime.

Holidays in Santorini are perfect for those looking to witness stunning natural landscapes in a romantic setting. It's an island perfect for weddings and honeymoons and many people travel out there for there special occasions. Santorini is also famous for its traditional archaeological heritage - so whether you're looking for relaxation, romance or cultural enrichment, rest assured there is much to see and do during your Santorini holiday.

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Beaches

Best beaches in Santorini

Kamari beach: Kamari beach is a black sand and shingle beach with good watersports facilities and is located conveniently near to the airport.

Perissa and Perivolos beach: Perissa and Perivolos beach is a long stretch of black volcanic sand with the two 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.

Transport

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

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

Car Hire: An excellent way of getting around during Santorini holidays.

Weather

Best time to visit Santorini

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