Magical Santorini has been used as a backdrop for countless novels, films and travel posters. Famed for its dramatic natural landscape as well as its beautiful villages, holidays to Santorini are ideal thanks to purpose-built tourist resorts throughout the island.
Life here is led on a tranquil level. Whether you enjoy sampling local wine, exploring remote villages or even visiting the ruins of the Bronze-age city at Akrotiri, the island's stunning natural beauty is never far away. Santorini exists as a result of an ancient volcanic eruption, and the island appears to emerge mysteriously from its seabed. With its multi-coloured cliffs reaching for the sky, up to a height of 300 metres - and its idyllic villages complete with their gleaming whitewashed houses - Santorini is one of the most beautiful of all of the Greek islands.
The island is a magnet for tourists not simply for the charm of its natural beauty but also for its plentiful resorts. Kamari on the southeast of the island has a vibrant reputation, but Akrotiri is famous for its fantastic archaeological ruins, and offers the tourist many other attractions. Watersports are popular on the island as are eating and drinking - well, the island does grow its own grapes, produce its own wine and possess a brewery.
What type of holiday in Santorini are you looking for?
For a relaxing holiday set against a backdrop of stunning sunsets, and wonderful views, Imerovigli is the perfect base for exploring the rest of Santorini. Anyone looking to eat delicious meals, go sailing, or simply sit on Skaros Rock and soak up the atmosphere will be more than satisfied with a stay here.
Step back in time and enjoy the car-free streets, sleepy tavernas and stunning architecture of this charming village. Situated in the centre of Santorini's wine-growing region, a visit to Megalochori will delight all the senses. Chill out while riding a horse or simply relax while sipping a divine cocktail at a taverna in the village square.
Famous for its fantastic sunsets and breath-taking views, Oia is one of the world's most romantic villages. The whitewashed buildings of the settlement are set against lucid, glistening water with views of the volcanoes Palea and Kameni. Its charming narrow streets are lined with tavernas and churches with cobalt-blue domes.
With its 7 kilometre beach - it'd take you an hour to walk from end to end - waterpark, and watersports opportunities, Perissa is a fantastic destination for all members of the family. Its plentiful beachside bars and tavernas make this the perfect place for both daytime and night-time enjoyment. Perissa is also close to the beautiful antique city of Ancient Thira.
Have some holiday fun in this beautiful resort. The weather is guaranteed and so is the fantastic time you'll have jet-ski-ing, playing beach volleyball or simply sunbathing. With its first-class bars, relaxing atmosphere and pristine beach, Perivolos is always a firm favourite with holidaymakers.
Santorini's capital, Thira has a wonderfully vibrant nightlife. During the day there are plenty of shops as well as many other activities. Take a sailing trip and absorb its beauty from the sea, or simply spend time exploring the town's winding alleys and discovering its treasures for yourself.