GUIDE TO SANTORINI

Santorini (or Thera) is one of the most popular holiday destinations worldwide and the most visited of all the Greek islands. It is one of the most magical places you’ve ever seen!

Find out everything about your holidays in Santorini Greece on our travel guide!
Discover the things to do, exciting tours & activities, fantastic beaches, best hotels and restaurants, as well as a wide selection of breathtaking photos!
The island is easily accessible by plane from many countries but also by ferry from Athens (Piraeus & Rafina Ports), Mykonos and more islands of the Aegean. It can be combined for island-hopping itineraries with islands like Mykonos, Crete, Paros, Naxos and more.
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GENERAL INFORMATION

Santorini is the most popular Greek destination and a worldwide famous island!
Once you set your foot on the island, you’ll feel like entering a whole new world. A world where all the shades of red create unreal sunsets.
The caldera offers the most dramatic sea views you’ve ever seen and enormous cliffs are dotted with dreamy Cycladic whitewashed houses!
Nothing will prepare you for the beauty you’ll face here. It is a unique Greek island!

The enthralling sunset view in Oia, the minimal Cycladic architecture, the luxurious hotels, the delicious restaurants, the dramatic rocky landscape, and the volcano are just some of the reasons you’ll have a crush on this unique island!

Located on the southern side of the Aegean sea, Santorini in Greece is a part of the Cyclades islands complex. The island was re-shaped after a huge eruption of the volcano that occurred in the 17th century B.C. and shaped the breathtaking caldera.
The place boasts a unique landscape! The famous caldera, amazing red and black volcanic beaches, and, of course, the volcano’s crater in Nea Kameni, all remind the origins of the island.

The accommodation is incomparable too! Infinity pools, luxury whitewashed villas, and 5 stars service promise to make your stay unforgettable!
Spoil yourself with spa treatments, wine tasting, vineyards tours, shopping and romantic dinners with a view of the endless Aegean Sea.

The ultimate highlight is, obviously, its magical sunset. Watch the sun sinking in the horizon while the sky breaths fire and the colorful light washes up the island, at Fira or Oia. No photo can capture the magic of this moment!

You’ll keep the memories from your holidays in your heart, forever!

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HOTELS & ACCOMMODATION

Santorini certainly has some of the best tourist facilities in the Greek islands! When seeking accommodation on the island, you will realize that your options are countless. The famous caldera villages, such as Oia, Firostefani and Imerovigli, are full of excellent hotels and suites, most of which have a traditional style and are designed to offer luxurious accommodation with mesmerizing sea views.
At the same time, several charming boutique hotels can be found in other villages, while the island's beachfront locations offer seaside resorts among other accommodation facilities.
Some of the most popular hotels are: Grace Hotel, Katikies, Astra and Art Maison.

Although it is mostly known for its luxury hotels perched above the caldera, budget hotels and family-friendly resorts are among the possibilities. Another popular option is the villas, which will allow you to spend your vacation privately, with all comforts, enjoying the view in a popular village or appreciating the calmness of a more remote location.
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HOW TO GET THERE & MOVE AROUND?

Santorini is the most popular tourist destination in Greece and offers an international airport and a port. It is therefore accessible by plane from Athens and many international airports but also by ferry from Athens (Piraeus & Rafina Ports) and many other islands of the Aegean (Crete, Mykonos, Paros, Naxos, Milos, Ios,  and more).
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HIGHLIGHTS: BEST OF SANTORINI

Discover the highlights of Santorini to experience during your holiday! From sightseeing to activities and from tours to restaurants, here are the best suggestions for the ultimate experience!
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  • Oia and its breathtaking views
    Category: Villages
    Oia is the most beautiful village in Santorini, located on the northern side of the island. It is famous for its romantic sunset and the picturesque architecture.
  • Walk on an active volcano
    Category: Sightseeing
    In the centre of the sunken caldera is the volcano, that remains active till today. Boat tours from the old port of Fira go to the volcano and the hot springs.
  • Hike from Fira to Oia
    Category: Sightseeing
    Walking along the caldera will surely be the most scenic route in Santorini island, Greece. In fact, there is a hiking path that lines up half of the volcanic caldera, from Fira up to Oia via Firostefani and Imerovigli.
  • Enjoy the most famous sunset
    Category: Sightseeing
    The island is famous for its romantic sunsets. The best sunset on the island is seen from Oia, but equally gorgeous are the sunsets from all the caldera villages.
  • The spectacular Red beach
    Category: Beaches
    The famous Red Beach is located on the southern side of the island. It distinguishes for the red sand and the red cliffs that surround this bay. Next to the Red Beach is the White Beach.
  • Jet Ski Tour to the Volcano
    Category: Tours & Activities
    Discover the island and the volcano in a unique way! Book a Jet Ski Tour to the volcano for the most amazing photo spots.
  • Ancient Site of Akrotiri
    Category: Sightseeing
    The Minoan Site of Akrotiri is one of the most important archaeological sites in Greece. This town was covered by volcanic ashes from the eruption of Thera.
  • Day bus tour around Santorini
    Category: Tours & Activities
    This is a great day tour by bus (with hotel pickup) that will permit you to see everything on the island in one day: the caldera, the archaeological sites, the Red Beach, Oia village and more.
  • Swim or dinner at Ammoudi Bay
    Category: Villages
    Ammoudi is a charming little port below Oia with nice tavernas offering fresh fish. You can also have a swim there.
  • Wine Tasting Tour
    Category: Tours & Activities
    This is great a tour that starts in the traditional village of Megalochori and takes you to some of the most famous wineries of the islands for tasting some exceptional wines.
  • Perivolos black sandy beach
    Category: Beaches
    The beautiful beach of Perivolos is the longest black beach of Santorini. It is located in the continuation of Perissa beach.
  • The authentic Megalochori village
    Category: Villages
    Megalochori is one of the most traditional villages. It lies on a hill and is characterized as a labyrinth of steep alleys and streets.
  • Archaeological Museum
    Category: Sightseeing
    The Archeological Museum is displaying many exhibits that reveal the long history of the island.
  • Emporio village
    Category: Villages
    Emporio is an other authentic village offering a medieval character and most of the houses have been well-preserved.
  • Museum of Prehistoric Thera
    Category: Sightseeing
    This museum is quite spectacular even from the outside. It hosts a rich collection of finds from the excavations in the sites of Akrotiri and other Cyclades islands.
  • Swim in the Hot Springs
    Category: Sightseeing
    Nea Kameni is surrounded by warm dark waters which are known for their therapeutic benefits. Visitors can reach the islet with the tour boats and enjoy a swim there.
  • Kamari beach
    Category: Beaches
    Kamari is an organized beach covered by black sand while on the left side of the beach is an enormous rock called Mesa Vouno.
  • Boat to Thirassia island
    Category: Sightseeing
    Thirassia is located in close proximity to Santorini and offers amazing views over the caledera of the island. There are some restaurants there and places to stay.

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