Destination of the month: Santorini in Greece
Every month we showcase a destination from our wide portfolio of worldwide holiday locations. This month it is Santorini in Greece, a beautiful island known for its amazing views, idyllic beaches, white-washed villages, blue-domed churches and glorious sunsets. This is one of the prettiest islands around the world and we have seen a few! One of the most famous, iconic images of Greece is from Santorini:
Located in the Aegean Sea approximately 200km south east off Greece’s mainland in the Cyclades Islands, which also includes Mykonos, Naxos, Paros and smaller islands too, Santorini is a Greek island like no other. It was created from a volcanic explosion and is still an active volcano and most likely the only volcano on earth whose crater is in the sea. Have no fear though the last big eruption occurred over 3,600 years ago.
One of Santorini’s main attractions is its unique choice of beaches and they are like nothing you may have seen before. Santorini offers beaches with unusual colours of sand including black, white and even red. The most famous beaches are Perissa and Perivolos both with black sand, lined with traditional Greek tavernas and restaurants. The Red Beach is set against dramatic black and red volcanic cliffs which create black and red colour sand. Monolithos Beach is smaller beach with good facilities and nice cool shaded areas. Cape Columba is a great choice for people who like to walk and explore the rocky cove.
Bursting with breathtakingly beautiful places, Santorini has traditional towns offering winding cobbled streets and villages with views around every corner and some of the best restaurants in Greece. Santorini has an impressive reputation for cuisine with lots of local restaurants offering traditional Greek and international food including fresh seafood, meat, vegetables, olives and traditional homemade hummus. A great option and popular way to eat in during holidays to Greece is to choose multiple dishes meaning you get to try all the delicious foods without overeating or overspending.
There is also a wide selection of shops from supermarkets to little boutiques offering everything from well-known food brands to local produce, along with jewellery, pottery and souvenirs.
Santorini oozes romance and drama and is a popular choice for honeymoons and weddings abroad, since there aren’t many locations around the world where you get amazing views, with crystal clear waters perched on the edge of a huge volcano in the middle of the ocean.
Santorini has a varied nightlife, offering a diverse selection of clubs, bars and pubs but with plenty of relaxed options for families and couples looking for a more low key evening. Fira in the heart of the island offers the best, liveliest nightlife with all-night entertainment in the numerous bars and clubs.
Our top suggestion to do whilst on holiday in Santorin is to hire a car or a quad four wheeler bike for a day or two and explore the whole island. A quad bike can be hired for as little as 25€ for the day making it a fun and affordable option. With the island being relatively small you can explore all corners and see the breath taking beauty for yourself. If you don’t mind getting up early, and trust us it is worth it, then a must is to see the sunrise in Oia. You will be able to watch the first sun rays of the day reflect off the famous beautiful blue domes and it is likely it will be empty, so a peacuful, romantic morning to enjoy with a loved one!
In August the Santorini Ifaisteia Festival runs for the whole month and has concerts, dancing, food and cultural events, rounded off by a huge firework display that can be sen and enjoyed pretty much anywhere on the island.
In September, there is a famous International Music Festival that has been running for over thirty years, and has musicians from all around the world playing an array of concerts that include opera and jazz.
The weather in this beautiful part of the world is usually dry and warm. The warm weather starts in April and runs until October with the hottest times of the year being July and August where temperatures exceed 30 degrees. May, June and September are great months to visit the island when there is plenty of sunshine in the mid to high 20 degrees. The local language spoken in Santorini is not surprisingly Greek and the currency used is Euro’s (€). Santorini is 2 hours ahead of GMT/UK time.
Santorini holidays are a popular choice for couples and also families looking for a peaceful traditional Greek Island. Flights from the UK take approximately 4 hours and there is a varied choice of accommodations available. So don’t just take our word for it grab a flight and see what makes Santorini so special for yourself.