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Santorini Holidays

A stunning island with a volcanic past, Santorini holidays presents the opportunity to visit unique resorts with nature and beauty that can't be replicated anywhere else.

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A unique world destination

To call the landscape of this island phenomenal is no overestimation as it was formed almost entirely by a volcanic eruption over 3000 years ago. Locals have adapted to the land and have built Greek-styled whitewashed towns along the multi-levelled coastlines.

In terms of popularity Santorini isn't just one of the best Greek islands, it is often included in the lists of the best islands in the world due to its natural terrain and welcoming tourism industry.

Visitors choose holidays to Santorini to enjoy the slow pace of everyday life here where relaxation and serenity is key. Couples can tour the wine region of Megalochori and families can enjoy the attractions in Kamari but everyone is left speechless by the spectacle of the shimmering sunset over the caldera.

Where to stay in Santorini

KamariView on Map

Santorini's most developed resort has a huge array of shops, bars and restaurants to enjoy; most of which are found along the pedestrianised promenade.

All of those terrific tourist facilities rest in front of a superb 2km beach that is a wonderful space to relax on. The sands are volcanic black and towards the end of the beach is the ancient ruins of a Poseidon temple.

Fun is available both day and night here with arcades, an open air cinema and an escape room game. The bars and music clubs of Kamari are another perk in the long list of reasons to holiday here.

MegalochoriView on Map

A serene whitewashed village that rests by the caldera cliffs, Megalochori is a peaceful place to holiday while appreciating the unique surroundings formed by nature.

The town is also known as the centre of Santorini's wine country. There are a number of vineyards to tour and wineries that offer samples and bottles of some of Greece's best wines.

Megalochori is ideally placed to appreciate all other areas of the island. With the cliffs and caldera nearby, the beaches on the east coast and the capital Fira are all just 15 minutes away.


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East coast beaches and west coast cliffs

The two coastlines of Santorini offer different terrains. On the east coast of the crescent shaped island are the beaches that feature black volcanic sand. Kamari hosts a 5km stretch while Perissa and Perivolos share a long 7km space.

The west coast is where you'll find the feature that makes Santorini so famous. Formed by a volcanic explosion which sunk the former centre of the island, the caldera cliffs line the entire coastline facing into the caldera itself. Megalochori, Oia and the capital Fira have all been built into the coasts creating a unique environment for locals and tourists to live.

Dramatic landscape

Santorini is famous for its formation that has left the island looking as unique as it does today. In around 1450BC a massive volcanic explosion caused the centre of the island to be submerged under water, leaving what remains of Santorini today and the nearby islets. It is said that Santorini was the inspiration for the legend of Atlantis, the mythological city that sank into the Atlantic Ocean.

After the explosion and during the rest of the Bronze Age the island remained uninhabited until Phoenicians arrived and created the city of Thera. Ancient Thera now lies in ruins between Kamari and Perissa where tourists are free to climb towards the hilltop area at their will.

Ready for visitors

Most people consider holidays in Santorini to be all about relaxing. Whether that is sitting in the wine region of Megalochori with a glass in hand, or reclining out onto the beaches on the east coast. However there are opportunities to get active on this laidback island though.

Kamari, Perissa and Perivolos all offer an array of water sports along their coastlines. Setting off from a town or resort on the west coast, you can take a boat trip out into the caldera to view the cliffs from afar or see the nearby islands.

Fun attractions are found along the east coast resorts with Perissa hosting a small waterpark and Kamari featuring the Escape Game.

Cool nights out

The most common practice for tourists at night take them into traditional tavernas to enjoy the food, drinks and entertainment with Greek themes. Kamari offers the best source of lively nights on the island with some exciting and trendy bars to try. Many are upmarket with some quirky themes like the Love Boat that offers delicious cocktails by the beach.

Kamari is also a great place for families to visit at night thanks to the open-air cinema which lies on the outskirts of town.

Santorini cuisine

Tavernas make up most of the available eateries in Santorini and the offering of Greek food within is always of a consistently high standard. The usual servings of gyros, souvlakis and moussakas, amongst other things, are readily available but Santorini also provides its own specialities.

The island is well known for its cherry tomatoes and the sweet tasting fruit finds its way into a number of dishes.

Restaurants on the west coast are often idyllically placed on the caldera cliffs. These venues may charge more but the boost in price will be worth it as you watch the sun set into the caldera.

Handmade souvenir opportunities

The east coast resorts are adept at providing plenty of souvenir options within their streets and along the beachfront. Megalochori's shops provide a more traditional fare with handmade crafts available as well as a ceramics shop where you can create your own holiday memento.

Fira is the capital of the island and typically hosts the most amount of retail opportunity for tourists. There are many art galleries, jewellery stores and trinket shops to browse along the narrow streets of town.

Getting there

Flights from the UK take around four hours to reach Santorini Airport. From there the transfer times are quite short with Kamari taking just 15 minutes to reach and Perivolos taking around 25 minutes.

Busses run regularly around the island, mostly towards the capital Fira. During peak seasons there can be as many as three services an hour between 7am and 1am.

Car hire is available but not completely necessary as this is a small island and the bus service and pre-booked taxis will be the cheaper method to get around conveniently.