As one of the most visually-spectacular destinations in the world, a holiday to Santorini is sure to be a huge hit with couples and families looking for some fun in the sun. Once a volcanic island, it was rocked by a massive eruption that saw half of the crater fall in one itself. The collapsed part was swallowed up by the sea, leaving steep lava-formed cliffs that plunge into the dark, blue waters. Today, it’s one of the hottest holiday destinations in the Mediterranean, speckled with whitewashed, clifftop towns where you can enjoy a quiet coffee or a leisurely dinner, perched on the rim of a volcano and watching the glittering sea below. With its beautiful, black-sanded beaches, Santorini holidays are ideal for families and couples who want to enjoy some quality downtime together, set against one of the most stunning backdrops in the world.
Things to do
Experience the dramatic black sand beaches for yourself and spend a day soaking up the Greek sunshine, before paying the local water sports centre a visit for some adrenaline-pumping activities. Catch the bus to Thira and have lunch by the cliff’s edge looking out over the water, or ride a donkey down the hill to see it up close. Reserve a day to explore some historic sites, from the hill top remains of Ancient Thira to the capital’s museums and blue-domed churches. When the sun goes down, hit the beach for a drink on the waterfront or head to the buzzing clubs in town.
Santorini is a crescent shaped island formed thousands of years ago through an underwater volcanic eruption that resulted in a large chunk of the island falling into the sea. It’s a spectacular site that can be viewed from the island’s cliff tops via one of the many boat tours that leave the island every day.
Santorini is well known for its stunning views over the Aegean Sea. There’s also elegant Venetian architecture including the famous blue doomed churches, whitewashed cottages and authentic Greek towns.
The ancient city of Thira is an historical settlement dating back to the 11th century. The antique city is nestled upon a steep hill on the Messavouno Mountain and the hike to the top is well worth it. There are also a number of other archaeological sites dotted around the island, some of them giving beautiful panoramic views.
Wineries and vineyards
Santorini is well known amongst wine connoisseurs, and it has some of the oldest wineries and vineyards in all of the Greek islands. There are plenty of tasting sessions and cellar tours to participate in where you can discover the art of Greek wine making.
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