Santorini is a stunningly beautiful island. Floating in the Aegean Sea, over a hundred miles from the Greek mainland, Santorini’s gleaming white, blue domed houses rise from the rocky cliff face like a benediction. Dazzling in the sunlight this is just the first indication that Santorini is a very special place. Here you will find spectacular sunsets and gorgeous hilltop villages, mythological sites and volcanic sand beaches. If its culture you’re after, Santorini will not disappoint – it is home to artists, writers, fine restaurants, vineyards and even craft brewers. On a holiday to Santorini you can experience all this for yourself, so take a look at our great holiday deals.
Things to know before visiting Santorini
Santorini is part of Greece and therefore also the European Union, with the euro as its currency. It is two hours ahead of the UK. If you’re going on holiday to Santorini on a flight from London to Santorini or a flight from Manchester to Santorini then you’ll fly into Santorini (Thira) International Airport. This is located about four miles southeast of the town Thira. Most hotels booking package holidays will run a complimentary shuttle bus to pick up and return guests to and from the airport. You can also catch a taxi or a bus or rent a car from car hire companies located in the terminal. Book a flight to Santorini with us today.
What is the weather in Santorini?
Santorini has a typical Mediterranean climate. The summers are warm and sunny, with beautiful blue skies and hardly no rain at all. Average daytime temperatures in summer are around 27 to 29 degrees Celsius - the sea breezes keep the island from experiencing very high temperatures so it is very pleasant. In autumn the temperature drops a little, though September is still around 26 degrees and even November around 20 degrees. Winter brings daytime temperatures of around 14 to 16 degrees and most of the rainfall is from October to March, though there are still many sunny days during this period. In spring the temperature starts to rise again, reaching about 22 degrees by May. A holiday to Santorini can be lovely whatever the time of year, so whether you want to browse off-peak discount holidays or summer breaks you’ll find them with us.
What to do in Santorini?
Here are some top experiences to try in Santorini:
Hike from Fira to Oia – this walk is just over five miles and typically takes about three hours. The trail runs along the volcanic caldera so you’ll see some amazing scenery.
Do a wine tasting tour – Santorini has some awesome vineyards with spectacular views and it would be wrong to come here without sampling a little local wine as the sun sets.
Cruise the island – no trip to any island of Santorini’s beauty would be complete without at least one boat tour. Day cruises and sunset cruises both include stop offs for swimming, snorkelling and sunbathing.
Dip into the hot spring – you can do this via a tour too. The volcanic springs are located on islet of Palea Kameni and are believed to have therapeutic properties.
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What to see in Santorini?
Santorini has museums, galleries and historic sites alongside great beaches and fun resorts. Check out our list below for inspiration on your holiday to Santorini:
Fira museums – the capital of Santorini has several museums and galleries. Amongst the best are the Museum of Prehistoric Thera and the Lignos Folklore Museum. Also worth a look are the Archaeological Museum, Megaro Gyzi and the more unusual Tomato Industrial Museum.
Akrotiri archaeological site – a Minoan Bronze Age settlement buried and preserved in volcanic ash from the Theran eruption in 1627 BC.
Ancient Thera – an ancient city inhabited from the 9th century BC until 726 AD and named after the god Theras.
Beaches – Santorini’s beaches almost all have dark grey volcanic sand giving them a rather unique and memorable appearance. They are often set against a backdrop of cliffs which makes the setting even more spectacular, though be warned that the sand does get hot - beach shoes are recommended. The best beaches on the island include upscale Kamari, family-friendly Monolithos and Perivolos and Perissa which have a more laidback style - come here to get a stretch of sand all to yourself. Baxedes, Kouloumbos and picturesque Kokkini Ammos (with its distinctive red sand) are also lovely, while some of the best swimming (but no sand) can be found at Ammoudi Bay.
Villages – Santorini has some incredibly beautiful villages so be sure to get out and explore the island. Imerovigli is one of the most picturesque and well-known for its spectacular sunset. Oia, Firostefani and Pyrgos are also very pretty.
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What to eat in Santorini?
Santorini has some great classic tavernas serving traditional Greek food as well as relaxed resort cafes and beach bars. Authentic Santorini dishes to try include fava, a yellow split pea puree, and tomato fritters. Apochti is pork loin that has been salted, marinated in vinegar and dried before being rubbed with pepper and cinnamon. Sweets include kopania, a confection made with barley rusks, raisins and sesame seeds, and melitinia, a sweet cheese pie. The island is also well known for its white aubergines, capers and the creamy goat’s milk cheese known as chlorotyri. Browse our range of holiday packages and holiday deals to Santorini to plan your trip.