If you take unparalleled sunrises and sunsets, fantastic local cuisine and striking, unmistakeable architecture, one of the very few places on the planet that can offer all three are the islands of Santorini, Greece. On the South-East of the Island, Kamari offers relatively flat, beachfront accommodations that still boast the island’s famous narrow streets and whitewashed walls. On the opposite side of the island, at the tip of the perfect crescent bay, Oia sits on a rocky caldera, which formed as a result of one of history’s biggest volcanic eruptions and now serves as a stunning spot loved by holidaymakers from across the globe. It is in Santorini that you will find a dazzling spread of ocean-view hotels, each as luxurious as the next.
Escape to the striking island of Santorini on a Grecian getaway like no other. The Afroditi Venus Beach Hotel and Spa is just a few steps from the beach and also overlooks the dramatic volcanic landscape that Santorini is famous for. Laze by the pool...
Experience Santorini in chic, contemporary style at the Cavo Bianco hotel, Kamari. Refined elegance and quintessential Greek hospitality are felt throughout the entire property, where serene and luxurious rooms await. The volcanic beach of Kamari is...
Enjoy a romantic retreat among dazzling Grecian hideaways spilling down the side of a dramatic caldera. The Chromata Hotel is perfectly tucked into the hillside with sweeping views of the sapphire skies and azure waters. There are several spots for...
Enjoy serene seclusion on the striking island of Santorini, at the idyllic San Antonio hotel, a Cycladic paradise looking out over the azure Aegean and stunning volcanic landscapes. Rooms are luxurious and tastefully furnished with spectacular vistas...
Indulge in Cycladic grandeur on the stunning island of Santorini for a heavenly holiday under the Grecian sun. The Kirini Santorini awaits, splayed over the hillside with a glamourous minimalism in the white walls and contemporary, luxurious rooms....
Enjoy a sublime slice of paradise at the Andronis Luxury Suites, situated on the stunning caldera of Santorini. This cliff top retreat looks over the crescent moon shape of the island and the surrounding azure Aegean waters. Rooms are contemporary and...
Discover the beauty and charm of one of Greece’s most enchanting islands with a luxury holiday at the Santorini Kastelli Resort. This sophisticated retreat offers high-end accommodation, superb service and leisure amenities which include four ...
Treat yourself to a touch of luxury with a Greek holiday to remember at the Astro Palace Hotel and Suites, on the stunning island of Santorini. Make yourself right at home in the sophisticated accommodation and enjoy rejuvenating spa experiences,...
Crystal-clear waters, towering cliffs, magical sunsets and charming people make the mesmerising volcanic island of Santorini a great choice for the holiday of a lifetime.
This awe-inspiring escape has everything you need for an unforgettable beach getaway in the glorious Mediterranean sunshine.
You won’t find long golden sandy expanses which are common in many other Greek Islands, purely due to the volcanic nature of Santorini - but there’s still plenty to admire about the red, white and black sand and pebble beaches. And, of course, there’s the jaw-dropping scenery and views.
Perivolos Beach has black sands and is located near Perissa. It has clear sparkling waters and a host of excellent facilities including beach volleyball courts. Jet-skiing and scuba diving are popular here and there are plenty of lively beach parties held daily.
Red Beach near Akrotiri village is hugely popular and famous for its red sands and hills. There are only limited facilities at this beautiful beach but it is definitely worth a visit. Snorkelling is popular here and provides the perfect opportunity to study the rich marine life.
Vlychada beach is a lovely spot on the south coast of Kos which is close to a delightful little port when you can enjoy a relaxing meal in a taverna. The beach is set against a backdrop of impressive cliffs and parts of the area looks like an enchanting lunar landscape.
If you are interested in finding a coastal spot which is tranquil and secluded, then Pori Beach fits the bill. This little sandy gem at Columbo Cape is surrounded by red cliffs and the unbelievably clear waters make it perfect for snorkelling and swimming.
Other beaches of note in Santorini include White Beach at Akrotiri, Monolithos Beach at Kamari and Agios Georgios Beach at Perivolos.
You’ll discover many colourful festivals and other celebrations throughout the year in Santorini. Here are some of those you may encounter when you visit the island.
The event takes place during August in the Gyzi Cultural Centre in Fira. It involves an extensive range of activities including art exhibitions, jazz concerts and classical performances.
This is the Greek Volcano festival which is organized on the island in September. The highlight is a representation of the eruption of Santorini's volcano with a display of fireworks. There are many other attractions including concerts and dance performances.
This is a wonderful musical event which is held in July and attracts many local and international jazz performers. If you are a music lover you really shouldn't miss it if it’s taking place during your stay.
This is held on August 29 in the island's largest church below the cliff of Mesa Vouno at the end of Perissa village. The highlight of the event is barefoot dancing on a dance floor near the sea. There's plenty of traditional music, plus many seafood delights and wine.
No matter where you are staying on the gorgeous island of Santorini you won’t be far away from a restaurant or taverna serving delicious traditional dishes and delicacies.
Ntomatokeftedes are scrumptious tomato fritters comprising a thick batter, tomatoes, peppers, onions, mint and aromatic herbs. Santorini tomatoes are renowned for their sweetness and intense colour so it’s not surprising these fritters are so popular.
Melitinia is a traditional sweet cheese pie made with fresh mizithra cheese, mastiha powder and sugar while Kopania are tasty Santorini sweets made from powdered barley rusks, raisins and sesame seeds.
Souflaki is a fast food you'll find all over the island which is made from tender cuts of meat and is similar in appearance to a kebab. These are flavoured with a traditional Greek seasoning.
A Santorini salad is definitely worth trying when you visit the island. This comprises tomatoes, cucumber, feta cheese, herbs, olives, red onion, sweet cherry tomatoes, capers and olive oil.
There are many wonderful restaurants and tavernas in Santorini where you can enjoy a range of gastronomic delights. Among them are Selene in Pýrgos village, Meze Meze in Finikiá village centre, Metaxy Mas in Éxo Goniá and Mousiko Kouti in Megalochori.