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.
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.
If you’re looking to get some serious bronzing under your belt, book your holiday between July and August, when the temperatures climb into the high twenties °C.
Flights to Santorini land at Santorini National Airport, which is roughly five minutes from the centre of the resort.