Santorini

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Amy Adejokun
Amy Adejokun Expert destination Greece

A mysterious and magnificent place ... these are the first impressions that you have of the island of the southern Cyclades which spans over 31 sq mi and which was devastated by a volcanic eruption around 1500 BC, putting an end to the Minoan civilisation. You will discover beautiful landscapes here; the contrast of the vineyards further inland with the spectacular ochre and black cliffs where small picturesque white villages flourish. Oia is one of those villages and it is one of the most beautiful sites in the Cyclades. As for hotels, there are all kinds of hotels here, from luxury establishments to more simple hotels (category C, according to the local classification) where you are often pleasantly surprised by their good value for money. The hotels on the west coast offer an extraordinary view of the volcano, the 'capital' of the island, Fira, and the beaches (mostly black sand beaches) of the east coast. Tourists are right to come here at the beginning of the high season.

Santorini: what to do?

Day trips round the island by bus are also scheduled and offer the opportunity to visit the main attractions of the island (in particular the archaeological site of Akrotiri, the monastery of Profitis Ilias and the vineyards).

The most common excursion allows you to go by caďque (small rowing boat) to the volcano (3 hours) or to continue to the islets of Thirasia and finish the tour with a visit to Oia (6 hours).

  • A wide range of hotels
  • The charm of the traditional villages
  • Magnificent scenery
  • The 'capital' and some beaches are overcrowded during the summer
  • The distance from the mainland (9 hours by ferry)

Reminders

The main villages and seaside resorts of Santorini (Kamari, Perissa , Akrotiri, etc.) have a reliable bus service. The airport is about 3 and a half to 4 and a half miles from Fira and the port of Athinios is 7 and a half miles away.

To avoid

If you take the ferry, be aware of the risk of traffic jams on the small steep road that goes down to the port and which necessitates a comfortable margin to access.

Santorini: what to eat?

Good quality fish is the island's main asset, but there is also Greek salad, tsatsiki, etc. Parikia is overflowing with small restaurants where these dishes can be found at reasonable prices.

Santorini: what to buy?

Some painters sell beautiful paintings representing the views in Thira and Oia. Countless shops in Thira leave you spoilt for choice for gifts to bring back.

Santorini Reviewedhotels
  • 8.95 /10
    Rated by Easyvoyage
    Notos Therme et Spa
    Santorin - Greece
    Hotel Hotel 5 Etoile(s)

    Lovers of serenity will be delighted to stay at this hotel. ...

  • 8.7 /10
    Rated by Easyvoyage
    Zannos Melathron
    Santorin - Greece
    Hotel Hotel 5 Etoile(s)

    Open since 2001, the Zannos Melathron was the first hotel in ...

  • 8.35 /10
    Rated by Easyvoyage
    Nine Muses Santorini Resort
    Santorin - Greece
    Hotel Hotel 4 Etoile(s)

    Slightly withdrawn from the more popular routes, this destination ...

  • 8.2 /10
    Rated by Easyvoyage
    Homeric Poems
    Santorin - Greece
    Hotel Hotel 4 Etoile(s)

    The Homeric Poems hotel has gradually extended over the years. ...

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