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Santorini Holidays

Santorini Holidays

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A symbol of Grecian paradise, the famed island of Santorini lies in the heart of the Aegean Sea. Its signature whitewashed buildings, blue-domed churches and panoramic cliff edge views have drawn travellers to it for years, contributing to its status as the jewel of the Greek islands. Combine all this with fabulous food, luxurious lodging and – of course – some beautiful beaches, you’ve got the makings of an enchanting island holiday in this glamorous corner of the Mediterranean.

Best beaches in Santorini

Made up from red and black pebbles and sand, Santorini beaches have a lot to offer. The volcanic landscape makes for coarser sand – and the clarity of the seawater is all the better for it. Popular beaches include Perissa, Kamari, Monolithos and the illustrious Red Beach. Aptly named for its opulent copper-toned sands, the Red Beach is regarded by many as the most beautiful stretch of shoreline in Santorini.

Things to eat in Santorini

For Santorini specialities, be sure to try the local brantada fish dish, the spearmint-infused Sfougato quiche and the mouthwatering tomatokeftdes – otherwise known as tomato fritters – cooked with olive oil, onions and herbs. When it comes to drink, wine is put on a pedestal in these parts. Italian influence oozes into the Vinsanto dessert wine, while the unique and delicious flavours of the dry white wines are largely owed to the island’s volcanic landscape. If beer is more your tipple, try the Crazy Donkey IPA brewed directly on the island.

Cultural holidays to Santorini

With a landscape that has inspired artists and poets through generations, the island’s rich history infiltrates modern day life. Cycladic architecture birthed the iconic white and blue buildings that infringe Santorini’s caldera, which have become emblematic of Greece. Simply wandering the paved pathways of quaint villages is enough to drink in the culture of the island. However, there’s much to be discovered in the archaeological museums, its five ancient castles and the collection of religious monuments.

Clubbing holidays in Santorini

There are enough clubs and bars in the island capital Fira to keep you entertained for the whole of your holiday. Koo Club and Enigma offer the opportunity to dance the night away, while the coastal resorts of Kamari and Perissa in the east also boast a lively party scene. If you're after a more relaxed evening, head to the beautiful village of Oia. Romantic lounge bars and stunning sunset spots are scattered throughout.

Things to do in Santorini

See Oia at sunset

Gazing at this spectacular sight has to be one to tick off the bucket list. The picturesque Oia village is at its best when observed at the magic hour of dusk, when locals and tourists alike gather on the ruins of Agios Nikolaos Castle on summer nights to witness the sun edge over the horizon. Whether your viewing platform is accompanied with a bustling atmosphere – or you prefer to privately experience from a table in a local tavern – a sunset from this northwest point is unmissable.

Take a wine tasting tour

From private tours to large groups, and from daytime to sunset tours – there’s bound to be a way to fit in some wine tasting on your holiday. A great way to experience the culinary connection to the landscape, you can taste the various blends that arise from the volcanic soil. Visit the vineyards, explore the varieties of grape and learn about the local fermenting process. Tours give you the chance to visit several of Santorini’s esteemed wineries – such as Venetsanos, Santo and Gavalas – plus most offer hotel pickup and drop off.

Explore the Akrotiri ruins

Truly understanding the origin of the island comes with visiting the ancient Akrotiri ruins. Back in the 17th century BC, a huge volcanic eruption shaped the crater that dominates Santorini’s landscape today, totally preserving the Early Bronze Age settlement of Akrotiri. This timeless site is rumoured to be the home of Atlantis and is now known as the Pompeii of the Aegean. We recommend going with a guide so you can make the most of all the history the place has to offer.

Sail around Santorini

Take a guided tour in a Catamaran to top off your holiday. You’ll see all angles of the volcanic island and discover wonders from dramatic cliff edges to hidden gem bays. Whether you sail in style with a luxury cruise or keep it casual with a chilled-out tour, there’s a perfect pick for any holidaymaker to enjoy. Trust us – no Greek island experience is complete without diving off a boat into the Aegean Sea!

Important information about travelling to Santorini

How long does it take to fly to Santorini?

It takes about four hours to fly to Santorini from the UK.

What's the time difference between the UK and Santorini?

Santorini is two hours ahead of the time in the UK.

What currency do they use in Santorini?

The official currency of Santorini is the Euro

What language do they speak in Santorini?

The official language spoken in Santorini is Greek.

Do I need any vaccinations to visit Santorini?

Please check with your healthcare provider for all up to date vaccination advice before booking your holiday.

Do I need to pay tourist tax on my holiday to Santorini?

The Greek goverment charges a sustainable tourism tax on all overnight stays which will be payable on arrival in the hotel:

  • 5-star hotels: €4 per room, per night
  • 4-star hotels: €3 per room, per night
  • 3-star hotels: €1.50 per room, per night
  • 1-star & 2-star hotels: €0.50 per room, per night
  • 1-4 key apartments: €0.50 per room, per night


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Top Santorini Hotels

Imperial Med Hotel Resort & Spa

Monolithos, Santorini, Greece

Enjoy Villas

Kamari, Santorini, Greece

Scorpios Beach

Monolithos, Santorini, Greece

Bella Santorini

Perivolos, Santorini, Greece

Splendour Resort

Firostefani, Santorini, Greece

Afroditi

Kamari, Santorini, Greece

El Greco Resort

Fira, Santorini, Greece

Santorini Palace

Firostefani, Santorini, Greece

La Mer Deluxe Spa Resort & Conference Center - Adult Only

Kamari, Santorini, Greece

Perissa Bay

Perissa, Santorini, Greece

Chromata Apartments - Adults Only

Imerovigli, Santorini, Greece

Aressana Spa Hotel & Suites

Fira, Santorini, Greece

Glaros

Kamari, Santorini, Greece

Artemis Hotel Kamari

Kamari, Santorini, Greece

Villa Olympia

Perivolos, Santorini, Greece

Astro Palace Hotel

Fira, Santorini, Greece

Aqua Blue Hotel

Perissa, Santorini, Greece

Belair Hotel

Perissa, Santorini, Greece

Antinea Suites and Spa

Kamari, Santorini, Greece

Alexandra Aparthotel

Kamari, Santorini, Greece

Terra Blue Santorini

Kamari, Santorini, Greece

Epavlis Hotel

Kamari, Santorini, Greece

Kafouros

Kamari, Santorini, Greece

Regina Mare

Imerovigli, Santorini, Greece

Mediterranean White Hotel

Monolithos, Santorini, Greece

Veggera

Perissa, Santorini, Greece

Sigalas Hotel

Kamari, Santorini, Greece

Krokos Villas Apartments

Imerovigli, Santorini, Greece

Iliada Studios

Perivolos, Santorini, Greece

Anastasia Princess Studios & Apartments

Perissa, Santorini, Greece

Santorini Weather


Santorini's climate is nothing short of perfect. Summers are hot and dry and winters are mild. You can expect temperatures ranging from 20-30°C and beyond from April through to late September, making this an ideal sun-soaked holiday spot. If you want to catch a last minute deal and avoid the crowds, early autumn is for you. Temperatures are still balmy, but the beaches are much less busy and a laidback vibe takes precedence.
Jan 12ºC
Feb 12ºC
Mar 14ºC
Apr 19ºC
May 23ºC
Jun 26ºC
Jul 30ºC
Aug 30ºC
Sep 24ºC
Oct 20ºC
Nov 15ºC
Dec 13ºC