Santorini

santorini - oia sunset
Oia Sunset

 

Undoubtedly Santorini is one of the top destinations for vacations in Greece and worldwide. Thousands of tourists visit the island every year for their summer vacations and many of them are not first comers. The scenery of the island is so romantic and its views so enchanting that tourists from the other side of the world come here to get married.

Santorini is a unique and very special island not only because of its natural beauties, the incredible view of the caldera, the famous sunset and the luxurious resorts situated on it, but because it is a volcanic island with a volcano that sleeps and wakes from time to time to rock Thira (as it is also called) and then sleep again. The huge eruption which occurred years ago was probably the biggest in recorded history and it changed the island morphology a great deal. The results of this catastrophe are still evident nowadays. The beaches of Santorini have black sand, special kinds of wines are produced because of the soil’s particularity and archaeological sites such as the one of Akrotiri attract many visitors since they were kept almost intact from the eruption until today because they were covered in volcanic ashes. Santorini is almost surreal…

How to get to Santorini

Santorini is the southernmost island of the Cyclades. Since there is an airport you can get there by airplane. There are several flights on a daily basis with Olympic Airways and Aegean Airlines from Athens (approximately 50 minutes) and connecting flights to Mykonos, Rhodes and Heraklio.

If you decide to travel by boat have in mind that the journey lasts about 9 hours or 4,5 with the high speed from the port of Piraeus, where boats leave daily. During the summer there are also connections to Thessaloniki. Especially during the summer months Santorini is linked to most of the islands in the Aegean via ferry boat and high speed ferries, either directly or through lines from Piraeus and Thessaloniki.

Santorini Villages

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Santorini is full of traditional villages with whitewashed houses, cobble-stone narrow streets and friendly villagers moving around with their donkeys. All of them attract tourists and the shops and cafes are always busy.

One of the most visited villages is Fira, which is also the capital of the island. It offers an exquisite volcano view and it is full of expensive jewellery and souvenir selling shops, clubs, cafes and restaurants. On its narrow streets you will often notice artists from all over the world offering to draw your portrait, street singers and instrument players.

As we move towards the north the first place we bump into is Firostefani which is a part of Fira. Firostefani hosts some of the most beautiful luxurious resorts overlooking the caldera with the splendid view. There are also some taverns and cafes as well as a public parking space.

After leaving Firostefani we can reach Imerovigli, a beautiful and quiet village and also one of the top areas in Greece for accommodation. It is famous for its view and many tourists visit it throughout the year.

Moving on towards the north you will come across Oia or Ia, the most photographed village in Greece. Life is quieter here than in Fira, with fewer bars but the cafes and restaurants are quite many and there are also many shops flooded by tourists. The main reason why tourists visit Oia is the spellbinding sunset view for which hordes of people gather in the afternoon and wait for hours till the sun sets to take photographs.

All the way to the other side, towards the south, is Akrotiri which hosts one of the most important prehistoric settlements of the Aegean which is saved from the volcanic eruption until today mainly because it was covered in volcanic ashes.

As far as the most preferred seaside villages are concerned, these are Kamari and Perissa. Kamari attracts more families because of its long black-sand beach, a characteristic of the island. On the premises you will find many hotels, restaurants, shops and cafes but overall it is a quiet place although it attracts many tourists. Perissa on the other hand is more noisy. It is connected to the beach of Perivolos which is full of beach bars, cafes and taverns usually preferred by younger crowds. The wildest parties are organized there during the summer months.

Apart from the villages mentioned above Santorini has dozens more which are worth a visit. Some of those are Megalochori, Amoudi, Emporio, Pyrgos, Finikia and Armeni, all with their own, distinctive character.

Santorini Hotels

katikies hotel Katikies Hotel Santorini

Katikies Hotel is a charming little hotel in Oia, one of the most photographed villages in Greece. Since Katikies is hanging on the cliff 100 meters above the caldera the view is amazing.

  chromata hotel santorini Chromata Hotel Santorini

Chromata in Greek means colors and that is exactly what you will come across in Chromata Luxury Hotel. Colorful rooms individually decorated, fully equipped to satisfy the needs of every guest.

 
majestic hotel santorini Majestic Hotel Santorini

The Majestic is one of the most prestigious 5-star hotels on the island of Santorini situated in Fira overlooking the Aegean Sea. The Majestic Hotel offers its guests high quality service along with the widest variety of facilities to be found on the island.

  el greco hotel santorini El Greco Hotel Santorini

El Greco Hotel is situated very close to the capital of Santorini, Fira, with the shops, cafes, restaurants and night clubs of the island. El Greco is built according to traditional architecture, its staff is very helpful and willing to serve the guests in any way it is possible.

 
tzekos villas santorini Tzekos Villas

Tzekos Villas is situated very close to Fira, a walking distance from the night clubs, cafes, restaurants and shops, the most vivid part of the island. Tzekos Villas is a newly-built complex with apartments and luxurious rooms in the most quiet and ideal spot for vacations, across the volcano and right on top of the famous Santorinian Caldera.

  aressana hotel santorini Aressana Hotel Santorini

You will find Aressana Hotel in the heart of Santorini, in one of the most convenient locations of Fira, the capital of the Greek island of Santorini. Right next to it are all the restaurants, shops, cafes and this is the most vivid location as far as the famous wildlife of the island is concerned while the main street of Fira is literally 10 steps away.

 
andromeda hotel santorini Andromeda Hotel Santorini

You will find Andromeda Hotel in the village of Imerovigli in western Santorini. It is an A Class Complex that impresses its guests with its service, the traditional but yet so modern decoration of the rooms, the stunning view of the blue Aegean, the Caldera, the volcano, the idyllic sunset and the helpful staff.

  xenones filotera santorini Filotera Xenones Santorini

You will find Filotera Xenones in Imerovigli overlooking the Caldera to the west and the Aegean Archipelago to the east. Filotera Xenones Santorini has 12 newly built apartments and 7 studios which are fully equipped, furnished and decorated with the finest taste.

 
cliffside suites santorini Cliffside Suites

CliffSide Suites includes traditional houses individually built along with beautifully decorated cave houses situated on the cliffs facing the sea and the volcano. You will find it in Firostefani, just outside Fira, the capital of Santorini.

  santo mirmare hotel santorini Santo Miramare Hotel

Santo Miramare Resort is situated right by the beach of Perivolos and it is ideal for families and couples as well. In Santo Miramare you will have the opportunity to enjoy the swimming pools and the outdoor Jacuzzi by the pool bar and sunbathe using the hotel sun beds and umbrellas.

 
imperial med hotel santorini Imperial Med Hotel Santorini

Imperial Med Hotel is a traditional hotel built according to the Cycladic architecture, situated on the beach of Aghia Paraskevi in the magnificent island of Santorini.

  icons hotel santorini Icons Hotel Santorini

Icons Hotel is a luxurious resort which will offer you a calm, intimate atmosphere while gazing at the view of the famous volcano and the warm orange light of the sunset.

 
santorinis balcony santorini Santorinis Balcony Hotel

Santorinis Balcony Hotel which is situated at Imerovigli is a new complex of 12 fully furnished, traditional apartments with their own unique style respecting the local Cycladic tradition.

  atlantis hotel santorini Atlantis Hotel Santorini

Hotel Atlantis can be found in the capital of Santorini, Fira, above the Aegean sea where the legend says that the Lost Atlantis might have existed. Atlantis is an old but totally renovated building at excellent location from where there is a view of the beautiful Santorinian villages Firostefani, Imerovigli and Oia.

 
kirini hotel santorini Kirini Hotel Santorini

Kirini Hotel can be found in the magical village of Oia which is famous for its incredible sunset view. Kirini is a member of Relais Chateaux, a luxurious resort with a view of the volcano and the Aegean sea.

  santorini kastelli hotel Kastelli Resort

Kastelli Hotel is a luxurious but yet traditional hotel located in Kamari. It is a member of SLH Small Luxury Hotels and it is only a few meters away from the black sand beach of the village.

 
tamarix del mar hotel santorini Tamarix Del Mar Suites Santorini

Tamarix del Mar is a brand new luxury hotel situated in Kamari at the foothills of ancient Thira and very close to the black sand beach of the village.

  thalassa hotel santorini Thalassa Seaside Resort Santorini

Thalassa, meaning sea in Greek, is a seaside resort in the beautiful village of Kamari right by its black sand beach.

 
apanemo hotel santorini Apanemo Hotel Santorini

Apanemo is a beautiful traditional hotel created according to Cycladic architecture, decoration and colors combined with friendly service and the most incredible view of the Aegean sea, the caldera and the famous volcano of Santorini.

  caldera butterfly villas santorini Caldera Butterfly Villas Santorini

Caldera Butterfly Villas is a beautiful three-star hotel in a quiet location called Agia Irene located only 2 kilometers away from the town of Fira, facing the famous caldera and the volcano.