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Discover a world of shimmering blue-domed churches, whitewashed houses and breath-taking vistas that appear to spill into the Aegean Sea below. Welcome to Santorini, an island like no other in Greece. Part of the archipelago that forms the southernmost part of the Cyclades, this island captivates with its unique beauty and intriguing past.
With a history stretching back to ancient times, marked by a cataclysmic volcanic eruption and many turbulent turns of events, Santorini today is a captivating blend of hushed mystery and hedonistic glamour. Replete with fascinating archaeological sites, striking landscapes, gastronomic delights and stunning beaches, this is an island that promises to both surprise and impress.
Uncover history at Akrotiri
Rediscover the echoes of a prehistoric civilisation at Akrotiri, a site often dubbed as the "Greek Pompeii". It's fascinating to imagine the sophisticated life that once bubbled in this Minoan port town, before being mysteriously silenced under volcanic ash.
Delve into the past at the Museum of Prehistoric Thera
Take a deep dive into the pre-history of Thera at the Museum of Prehistoric Thera. Explore extraordinary ancient artefacts and learn about the rise and fall of early civilisations.
Scale the peaks of Ancient Thera
Journey back in time as you explore the ruins of Ancient Thera. Once a thriving Minoan city, today its remnants offer an intriguing glimpse into the life of an ancient maritime civilisation.
Experience the wonder of Santorini’s Caldera
For a touch of the therapeutic, take a walk along the edges of Santorini's Caldera. The vistas it offers are simply soul-stirring; clear azure waters contrasting harshly against rugged cliffs and white-washed dwellings perched precariously by the Caldera's edge.
Journey to the edge of Oia
Cap your journey with a trip to Oia. This picturesque town is the epitome of Cycladic architecture. Roaming its narrow, winding streets and gazing at breathtaking sunsets are experiences that will stay with you forever.
Indulge in Tomatokeftedes
A culinary treasure of the island, Tomatokeftedes or tomato fritters, are a delight. Enjoy these little fried wonders, ideally with a glass of Santorini wine, at a roadside taverna.
Savour Santorini's Fava
No visit to Santorini is complete without enjoying a plate of its famous fava. Make a pit stop at an oceanside eatery to munch on this comforting yellow lentil dip made with locally grown lentils.
Delight in Fresh Seafood
Being an island, Santorini offers a veritable treasure of fresh seafood. Restaurants on the southern beaches are especially known for their seafood smorgasbords.
Refresh with Vinsanto Wine
Raise a toast to the island's remarkable winemaking heritage with Santorini's very own Vinsanto. This dessert wine, aged in oak barrels for a minimum of two years, is not to be missed.
Relish Melitinia Cookies
End your gastronomic tour on a sweet note with Melitinia. These traditional cheese-based cookies are typically made during Easter, but can be found in bakeries year-round as a cherished local dessert.
Choosing the right time to visit Santorini can make your trip all the more enjoyable. If you're looking for milder weather and a quiet holiday, spring (March-May) and autumn (October-November) are the best times to visit this enchanting island.
However, if you desire a classic Santorini experience complete with sunny weather, balmy nights, and outdoor dining, summer months (June to September) are your best bet. With temperature peaking between 26-29°C, it's also the perfect time to indulge in ocean escapades and witness the island in all its bustling glory.
Unwind at Caldera Beach
For restful solitude, make your way to Caldera Beach. Not as crowded as other beaches, its unspoilt beauty allows for tranquil moments under the Greek sun.
Revel in Kamari beach
Kamari beach offers a different kind of allure. The vibrant scenes, sunbeds, umbrellas, and the array of restaurants and bars make for a lively beach experience.
Meander in Mera Beach
For family-friendly fun, make a beeline for Mera Beach. Clear turquoise waters, plenty of activities and convenient amenities make it a favourite among families and couples alike.
Discover Perissa Beach
Famed for its black volcanic sand and crystal clear waters, spending a day at Perissa beach is an unforgettable experience. Close proximity to ancient Thira is an added bonus.
Experience Red Beach
For a unique beach experience, head to the Red Beach. Extraordinary red cliffs dipping into vibrant blue waters create a surreal ambiance that's sure to leave you spellbound.