Santorini is a volcanic island, part of the Cyclades archipelago, in the southeast of Greece, located about 120 miles from the Greek mainland. It is one of Europe's most sought-after summer holiday destinations and is a very characteristic Greek island. It has stunning views of the sunset, its town are cliff-perched (making for incredible views), and it has some of Europe's best beaches. The island's shape is given by a massive volcanic explosion which occurred thousands of years ago, and both on the inside bay and the outside there are some truly breathtaking beaches, such as the black-sanded beaches of Perissa and Kamari, the romantic Red Beach, the White Beach (accessible only by boat), Baxedes, Pori, Amoudi and Mesa Pigadia. The trademark of the islands are its small white houses and the spectacular sunsets, which are best seen from the town of Oia, Firostefani and Thira (the island's largest town). Nevertheless, Santorini isn't only beaches and sunsets. You can see the internal countryside and sample some of Greece's oldest traditions, see small vineyards, houses and churches. The city's airport only has year-round flights to Athens; during the holiday season, it becomes a major international arrival terminal for flights from London Southend and other airports in London, Rome, Tel Aviv, Copenhagen, Oslo, Munich and Paris. If you're searching for a cheap flight (from London or elsewhere), use our online flight comparison tool to buy the option that best suits you.
Also known as Thira, Santorini has become renowned for its stunning views and its active volcano. There are naturally fantastic beaches such as the beach of Perissa, maybe the best beach in Santorini, the black pebble beach of Kamari, white beach and red beach. Scuba diving and snorkelling are a great chance to explore the crystal-clear waters. There are also number of boat excursions you can go on, take the opportunity to see the Volcano Islands and hot springs. One of the most beautiful spots on the island is Faros, a small lighthouse located on a rocky cliff. If you're adventurous, climb up the island to see Ancient Thira and the monastery above it, which gives dramatic views of the islands and the beaches. The island is also known for a unique type of white aubergine, which comes from Santorini. Other great food to enjoy is gyros (found virtually everywhere), fresh seafood and sweet cherry tomatoes. Head to the smaller island of Thirassia, just off of Santorini, which is lesser known and as a result lesser tainted by the effects of mass tourism if you're one to wander off the beaten track.