Santorini Holidays 2020/2021

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.

Santorini Holiday Deals 2020/2021

Low Availability

Perissa Bay Hotel

Perissa, Santorini, Greek Islands, Greece

(280)

14 Nights

4th May 2021

Bed and Breakfast

Bristol - Direct

Based On Superior Double Room

Low Availability

Karidis Hotel

Kamari, Santorini, Greek Islands, Greece

(128)

7 Nights

4th May 2021

Bed and Breakfast

Bristol - Direct

Based On Double Room

A magical mystery

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.


Currency: Euro

Language: Greek

Time Difference: GMT +2

Population: Approx 15,000

Religion: Greek Orthodox

Resorts

Thira

Thira, the capital of the enchanting island of Santorini, is the place to visit for shops, extraordinary views thanks to the town's multi-coloured cliffs, vibrant nightclubs, a plethora of restaurants and cultural events. In short, Thira is certain to form the heart and soul of Santorini holidays.

Pyrgos

Pyrgos is the highest village on the island of Santorini and that means that there are some incredible views from just about anywhere in the town. As you draw closer to Pyrgos, you can see it, looking marvellous and magnificent – not imposing but inviting. And when you are there and are looking down the hill again, you can take in the sea and the countryside in one view, showing you everything there is to enjoy about this part of Greece, and Santorini in particular.

Perivolos

Eating, drinking and making merry are definitely the order of the day when spending a holiday in Santorini. Situated in the southeast of the island on a seven-kilometre beach, there is plenty to do by day and by night here in Perivolos. Bars, tavernas and watersports are just waiting to be discovered.

Perissa

With a seven-kilometre beach, a waterpark, access to numerous fun watersports as well as wonderful nightlife and fantastic restaurants and bars, Perissa is a brilliant destination for holidays to Santorini. With beer from local brewers and wine from an amazing selection of nearby wineries, expect to enjoy a chilled holiday.

Oia

The small village of Oia is a favourite for Santorini holidays, known for its sunset views and tall cliffs dropping down into the blue sea. You can explore the ruins of a Byzantine Castle, dine in style on restaurant roof terraces or take a boat trip to snorkel and see the volcanic calderas.

Monolithos

Despite its name, Monolithos is a tiny village on Santorini, not a sprawling metropolis. But what it lacks in size it more than makes up for in beauty. Views aplenty, incredibly picturesque streets and buildings – beaches, too – and all of it wrapped up in a gorgeous little package. A holiday to Monolithos is a big adventure.

Megalochori

Take a trip to the west coast on Santorini holidays and you may well find yourself in Megalochori, the epicentre of the island's vineyards. It's famous for the traditional architecture of its houses with their high outer walls, as well as courtyards and mysterious winding alleys. Megalochori provides plenty of opportunity for people-watching and relaxing.

Kamari

With its long and distinctive black sand and pebbled beach, selection of watersports and numerous bars and tavernas, Kamari is an excellent all-round choice for package holidays to Santorini. Here, an ancient ruined city combines with a contemporary bowling and activities centre, as well as a vibrant night-time scene.

Imerovigli

An attractive and tranquil village in the northwest of Santorini, Imerovigli is one of the island's highest villages, as it's built on volcanic rock in the famed Caldera. Close to Santorini's capital, Thira, and to Skaros Rock, book holidays to Santorini here and you can split your time between relaxing in Imerovigli and venturing out to explore.

Firostefani

Imagine taking a holiday in a village on a volcanic crater that offers impressive views and traditional whitewashed Greek houses to enjoy at your leisure. A place that, although peaceful and tranquil in its own right, is just 15 minutes away from Fira which is Santorini's exciting capital. Imagine that, and then make it a reality by booking a holiday to Firostefani. It is a beautiful place, full of picturesque landscapes which will give you the perfect reason to sit back and relax.

Location

Map showing the location of Santorini View Santorini on the map

Ancient history

You don’t have to be a history buff to explore ancient archaeological sites on cheap holidays in Santorini, and you might even find yourself falling in love with the place despite not being familiar with its past. But from the spectacular 2,400-year-old remains of ancient Thera – close to Perissa on the east of the island – to Akrotiri in the west, you’ll find evidence that humans have lived and loved on Santorini for very many years. As well as the archaeological sites, there are also some beautiful old churches and monasteries as well as plentiful museums throughout the island.

Santorini has so many ruins partly because of geological events – including the earthquakes and volcanic eruptions that created the island and have continued to affect it throughout history.

Eat well

The food and drink you’ll find on Santorini holidays lives up to the beauty of the island. Fresh seafood is delivered daily to all of the restaurants, and some even use their own boats to secure their catch. Many restaurants have farms attached to them – so you can rest assured when food’s advertised as ‘locally-sourced fresh produce’, it really is just that. Vegetarians are well catered for thanks to the wonderful array of vegetables and other non-meat dishes enjoyed by the islanders.

Some restaurants also run cooking classes so that you can reproduce the wonderful fare when you return home.

The attractions of vines and hops

Santorini is home to some 13 vineyards, though there may be even more. Vinsanto is the island’s main export and is famous for its deliciously-sweet taste and is a splendid accompaniment to any pudding. If your palate prefers a dry white wine, then Assyrtiko might be more to your liking. Visiting the wineries where they’re made is a fantastic holiday experience and you’ll find that you’ll be positively encouraged to sample the wines at each of the vineyards you visit.

And beer lovers needn’t fear they’ll miss out. The Santorini Brewing company in Thira, is a young company that’s developed into a successful microbrewery. Among the range of beers that the company produces is the Donkey family of brews. Visitors to the brewery are welcomed with open arms.

Getting around the island

Donkeys really are popular on the island. You can use a donkey to travel the distance between Kamari and Ancient Thera, and donkeys and horses are also used for exploring the charming village of Megalochori where the narrow and winding streets aren’t really suitable for cars. The uphill climb from Thira’s port to the town itself is best managed astride a donkey.

Of course there are plenty of opportunities for car hire and the local bus service is also efficient. If you fancy having a bit of an adventure you could always hire a quad bike or motorcycle, go off-road and really get to know the island.

Charms and treats

From the charms of its wonderful villages – with their fantastic tavernas and restaurants – to its beautiful monuments and churches, Santorini is a stunning island to explore. There are also waterparks for daytime fun, and cocktail bars and nightclubs in Kamari and Thira if you enjoy a lively end to your day.

Shoppers will love the range of outlets on the island. From upscale clothes and leather goods to fantastic pottery and artwork, Santorini is a wonderful place for some retail therapy. There’s also spas and wellness clinics in abundance – though the balmy weather and magical scenery of the island will revive the most jaded of tourists.

Sunsets and beauty

Santorini is really famous for the splendour of its sunsets. Oia is the place to grab yourself a seat, or a place in a restaurant or bar, and simply sit back and prepare to be stunned. People have been flocking from all over the world for decades to enjoy this extraordinary natural spectacle. Others worth a visit during your Greece holidays are the island’s magnificent coloured cliffs, and the mysteries of the caldera – the remnants of volcanic activity – on the west side of the island.