Santorini’s famous for its landscapes, all whitewashed houses tumbling down rugged cliffs to the azure sea below. It’s even more spectacular in person than in its photos! This Greek island is one of the country’s most dramatic, formed by volcanic eruptions thousands of years ago. Away from its main buildings, you’ll find a volcanic crater interior dotted with quiet villages and black sandy beaches. Visit ancient sites like the Minoan Akrotiri or villages like Oia to get a feel for its charm. Wineries, art galleries, and seafront terraces provide plenty of ways to enjoy your time here.
The town of Fira is the most-visited in Santorini, accessible by cable car with its quintessential whitewashed homes, charming churches and cobbled streets to explore. There’s an archaeological museum here and plenty of jewellery shops to find a unique souvenir. The village of Oia is also worth a visit, with a bustling arts and crafts scene, black sandy beaches and pastel homes. For some quality beach time, head to Kamari or Perissa. These popular stretches offer water sports equipment and sun loungers for hire, so you can explore the waters off of Santorini or just top up your tan!
Santorini is beautiful upon approach from the sea. You’ll arrive at the terminal at the base of its main town, Fira. To get up to the main residential and touristic areas, you’ll have your choice of riding a donkey or the funicular cable car to get to the top. Fira itself is delightful when explored on foot, or you can hire a quad bike to get out and about. If you want to explore other destinations in Santorini, you have your choice of bus or taxi. Be sure to negotiate your taxi price before getting in, as fees can vary widely!
Santorini is a destination with two main seasons, summer and winter. There are highlights to both, so the best time to visit really depends on the type of holiday you’re after. In the summer months visitors enjoy hot, dry weather with abundant sunshine and warm sea water. This can be a great time to visit, though certainly crowded. Winter has its charms as well! Although it may rain during the months of October and February, there are plenty of dry days and cooler temperatures keeping the tourist throngs away. You’ll still see a good deal of Mediterranean sunshine even in the winter here.
Santorini is a tender port and the ships dock in the caldera with views to Santorini on one side and the volcano on the other the third small island is therasia.
Glamorous Santorini will treat you to a touch of luxury, with its towering hillsides and blue-domed skyline. There’s plenty of rugged beauty here too, with natural hot springs and prehistoric ruins.
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Fira’s main drag is called the Erythrou Stavrou, where you’ll find travel agencies, jewellery and designer fashion boutiques, and loads of restaurants. This is the place to go if you want to book a tour out into the countryside. For more unique shops and tucked-away eateries, explore the side streets and alleyways which boast hidden gems.
Santorini’s wine production is notable, due to its Mediterranean climate. Follow the ‘Wine Road’ to get a taste of what’s produced here. This route follows ten wineries, each with its own wines to sample (not to mention delicious nibbles to complement each glass).
View ancient frescoes and pottery at Akrotiri. This settlement was buried by a volcanic explosion in 1450 BC, with building structures thought to date back even further! Many of these are fully intact, from storage jars to painted walls.
Due to its popularity with visitors, Santorini’s restaurants cater to all tastes and you’ll find international flavours on offer. However, if you want to sample authentic Greek flavours you should gravitate to the clifftop restaurants with grilled fish dishes and local wine! These are accompanied with small plates of fresh feta salad, juicy olives and taramosalata. Aubergine and tomatoes grow naturally here and are used in many of the dishes.