Santorini is an unparalleled Greek island, included in the top summer destinations charts worldwide and in every traveller’s bucket list. Let’s see the reasons that make this Aegean wonder so unique and sought after.
Santorini flaunts one of the most stupendous sunsets in the world, making it one of the most photographed aspects on the island as well. Witnessed from the rim of the Caldera, especially from the villages of Oia, Imerovigli and Fira or the Akrotiri Cape, the spectacle is breathtaking. The sky and sea alike turn into golden, crimson and pink shades, gleaming around the setting sun. The ambience is so romantic that countless couples every year choose it as the background for their wedding and vow renewal ceremonies. Honeymooners select Santorini for this reason as well.
Witness the world’s only sunken volcanic Caldera
An unprecedented geological phenomenon emerged from the destructive volcanic eruption in Santorini around the 17th century B.C.. Apart from wiping out the Minoan civilization, the eruption was so catastrophic that it sank half of Santorini, leaving behind a crescent caldera, along with few volcanic islets in its middle. While the islets (namely Palea Kameni and Nea Kameni) are open to the public for hiking and swimming around, they are uninhabited. The locals mainly reside on Santorini and only a few live on Thirassia.
Luxury and elegance are omnipresent
Santorini has become synonymous with luxury and posh facilities in the last few decades. The island’s most dominant feature is the fantastic sunset and thus, numerous top-notch lodgings and establishments were built on the calderan settlements to elevate the experience. Thanks to their pristine facilities, amenities, placement and infinity pools. They sell out fast every year during summertime. We highly recommend taking a look at our selection of the best hotels in Santorini.
Moreover, a plethora of lavish amenities, designer boutiques, excellent cruises on yachts and catamarans, Michelin-star caliber restaurants confirm that Santorini is the posh queen of the Cyclades.
Picturesque, Cycladic villages welcoming you
Despite the island’s augmented growth in tourist facilities, the Cycladic traditions and architecture have been strictly preserved and continue on thriving to this day. The famous calderan villages of Oia, Firostefani and Imerovigli maintain the cubic, whitewashed structures with blue details, the neat narrow pathways and charming churches. Other settlements like Megalochori, Emporio or Karterados are more authentic and moderate in their style, daily life and facilities. They are not on the epicenter of mass tourism, allowing visitors to take in some peace and quiet. We invite you to take a look at the beautiful villages of Santorini.
Exquisite cuisine and wines
The Greek cuisine is one of the most praised around the world, along with the broader Mediterranean culinary art. Well-balanced, ultra savory and healthy while in hearty portions; there is a perfect dish for everyone.
Now, imagine this with carefully grown local products of the Cycladic region. Add to it top quality seafood and meat, a hand-picked variety of locally produced wine. Lastly, depending on the preferred dining style, allow a local chef in a tavern or one in an upscale restaurant to combine them in a mouth-watering experience. Santorini will hold a special place in your heart after that.
Volcanic, unique seashores
Santorini does not host particularly long beaches like the rest of the Greek islands. But it does offer rare and intriguing volcanic seashores of red, black and grey sand and small pebbles, crystal-clear emerald and azure waters. Many are family-friendly, like Perivolos, Perissa, Kamari, while others are more adult-oriented, like Vlychada, Monolithos and White Beach. Some are wider than others, organized or untouched, accommodating every preference. You can take a more detailed look in our top-rated Santorinian beaches.
Ever-sunkissed and shimmering weather
When it comes to enjoying your vacation, weather is not a concern regarding Santorini. The sunny aspect is present from mid-spring until mid-fall, while the hot temperatures of 25℃ and up are starting during late spring (end of May) and remain until early fall (mid-September). Most Aegean islands enjoy similar weather conditions, thus making the island-hopping from Santorini a truly enjoyable experience.
Island-hopping from Santorini
This fantastic island poses as an ideal starting point for island-hopping endeavors. As it belongs in the Cyclades complex, a multitude of packages are designed for it. Visitors can find all bundles, offers and information regarding the available island-hopping tours to Santorini and experience the Greek summer at its fullest.
Discover the Santorinian Culture, History and Myth
Offering a truly rich variety of excursions, activities and organized tours, Santorini never disappoints. From adrenaline-boosting sports to culinary explorations and wine-tasting tours, it offers every kind of entertainment. We invite you to take a more detailed look at the available tours & cruises of Santorini.