Santorini is arguably Greece's most beautiful island and also the most photographed of all the Greek islands. The views and above all, the stunning sunsets at Oia (pronounced "ia") attracts thousands of tourists every year. The island is also one of the most popular destinations for people traveling on a honeymoon. The nightlife on the island is moderately busy in high summer and if you want to rub shoulders with the jet-set, you should certainly set off to Oia on the north west coast.
Santorini is a volcanic island and its dramatic scenery make the island ideal for groups of friends, couples and those who do not have great demands on golden beaches. The east coast is lined with black volcanic sand that stands in beautiful contrast to all the traditional sugar cube houses. The north of the island is a paradise for those who snorkel or dive, there is much to look at.
Southern Santorini offers a lot of small beaches with sandy bottom. The large beaches of Santorini offer all different kinds of water sports and many excursion boats. The Glass Bottom Boat is to recommend on Santorini, and the boats that travel to the tiny neighboring island of Thirassia in the west.
Fira, the capital of Santorini
You will find Fira the capital of Santorini, on the terraces towards the sea, here you are presented with wonderful views. This is where you will find the port of Skala Firon, which is easily accessed by steep stairs (600 steps) or by cable car (Visit car hire santorini for car hire rental). Fira is a pleasant town with cobblestone streets, pedestrian streets and narrow alleyways. You will also find a large square lined with cafés and many interesting shops to browse in. Fira is also known for all their jewellery shops and you are guaranteed to make a bargain here.
Oia is one of the most photographed Greek resorts is located up on the north west coast. There are not many residents remaining in the heart of the resort; it has mostly been transformed into boutiques, trendy cafés and restaurants. Many artists have chosen to settle here and in the narrow streets you will find lots of art galleries and shops selling art.
It is also here where you should sit down to watch the sunset, the cafés are usually crowded until it's time for the sun to slowly sink into the sea. Spontaneous applause is not uncommon and you get goose bumps of the spectacle. There is an interesting naval museum in Oia, which is worth a visit. Do you want a luxurious vacation and rub shoulders with the jet-set then you must choose one of Oias many five star hotels.
Facts about Santorini
Airport: Santorini Thira National Airport
Local transport: Local bus, taxi, car hire, moped and motorcycle hire
Santorini hotels are filling the whole island, especially in the beach resorts. Most of the hotel are built according to the traditional architecture of the island which is protected by the locals. Check out Hotels
From Athinios port on the west coast you can take a boat to Piraeus. There are also ferries and boats to all islands in the Cyclades, Crete and Skiathos.
Do not miss
Near Fira lies the villages of Firostefani and Imerovigli high on a hill with spectacular views. Stop by and enjoy the view and eat lunch at one of the local taverns. Both villages have narrow winding streets where you can take many beautiful holiday photos.
Santorini's archaeological museum is located in the capital, Fira.
Visit Oia, drink coffee in any trendy café and watch the sunset.
Did you know?
In the village Mess Aria near Kamari, you will find the island's wine museum, a tour and wine tasting included in the admission ticket.