Santorini is a perfect Greek island escape full of charming features. Gleaming white-washed villages, with blue-domed churches and cobbled streets, build a romantic picture, while cliffs and dark sands add drama.
There’s nothing boring about Santorini holidays. The island is full of lively Greek personality, with relaxing resorts offering a slice of Greek island culture and tradition – from clifftop ruins to elaborate architecture.
Thira is the perfect example of a charming Santorini town, with its white cuboid houses stacked high into the hillside. There are no cars here, which adds to its quiet tranquillity. You can take a cable car or a donkey ride if you need to rest your legs, but exploring the town on foot will allow you to get the most out of Thira. So pack some sturdy shoes! Wander the ancient seaside ruins, hike the cliffs or browse the narrow cobbled streets lined with tiny shops and tavernas - Santorini holidays in Thira are like stepping back in time.Perissa is one of the best beach spots on the island, boasting dark volcanic sands that are kept pristine. Step back from the beach and you’ll find jutting cliffs contrasting with traditional smooth white builds as well as seaside restaurants and tavernas to tempt you with tasty Greek food. Indulge in the freshest feta and olive salads, stuffed vine leaves and flavoursome Greek stews for a true taste of an authentic Greek island menu.
Kamari is another ideal seaside town in Santorini - but this holiday hotspot isn’t all that it seems. After an earthquake in 1956, the village was completely rebuilt. Luckily, Kamari is no concrete jungle filled with modern monstrosities. On the contrary, it has been sympathetically developed to offer holidaymakers a bespoke beach resort full of traditional Greek charm, with a lively night scene.
Holidays to Santorini come with mesmerising views as standard, but the resort of Imerovigli is a strong contender for real jaw-droppers. Look out to the deep blue Aegean and you’ll see the peak of the still active volcano breaking the water’s surface, or take a hike to the top of Skaros Rock for stunning views over Imerovigli and neighbouring Thira. The hotch potch of white hillside builds, set against green fauna and the bluest sea and sky, is quite a sight.
Greece has long been a holiday favourite, offering an amazing variety of both mainland and island destinations. While there really is a Greek holiday spot to suit everyone, there’s something undeniably special about Santorini. Look for great value package holidays to Santorini with Thomas Cook and discover the charm of this island for yourself.
Located in Santorini, Emborion is a tourist-free oasis. A quintessentially Greek village, it is a jumble of narrow, ancient alleys and houses with over 3000 permanent residents.Read more
This quiet village overlooks the northern coast of Crete. Enjoy a glass of the local wine in the shade of a Cyprus tree or head to the nearest beach, Stavromenos to soak up some sunshine. Sun loungers and parasols are available to hire.Read more
A picturesque village in Santorini, Imeroviglion is a great place to relax and unwind. Typically Greek, the village is made up of narrow winding alleys, local shops and tavernas and there are some beautiful views across the ocean.Read more
A long, sandy beach that stretches along the south east coastline of Santorini, Monolithos is popular for its shallow shores and isolated medieval castle.Read more
Thira is the traditional Greek name for Santorini, the southernmost island of the Cyclades archipelago. The island is defined by natural beauty and some spectacular landscapes, including an enormous central lagoon over 12km long.Read more
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