Famed for its dazzling sunsets, remarkable views and iconic whitewashed buildings, it’s easy to understand why Santorini is a popular Greek Island choice.
Discover the island’s fascinating history and take a visit to the archaeological site of Akrotiri, also known as the “Minoan Pompeii”. Witness the remarkable ruins of the most important prehistoric settlements of the Aegean and view the remains of buildings and objects that have been carefully excavated and preserved. If you’re hungry for more, tie it in with a trip to The Museum of Prehistoric Thira, home to more remains of Akrotiri, as well as pieces from other sites on the island.
Walk the 9km from Fira to Oia and take in Santorini’s magnificent sights. The picturesque route will take you through the stunning towns of Fira, Firostefani, Imerovigli and Oia.
Spend a glorious afternoon learning about the unique flavours of Santorini wine at one of the many tours available on the island. We recommend the 4-Hour Sunset Wine Tour where you’ll visit three traditional wineries and sample nine varieties of wine including Assyrtiko, Nykteri, and Vinsanto.
Get your bathing suits and sun cream at the ready and take a trip to the hot springs and volcanic rocks. Arrive by one of the boats departing from Oia or the Old Port. The continuous underground volcanic activity maintains the sulfuric water’s temperature between 30°C and 35°C, which is said to be curative for the skin and joints.
Grab a beer and some popcorn and relax under the stars at the Open-Air Cinema in Kamari. From May, the cinema presents cult movies for locals and holiday makers to enjoy.
Whether you’re in Oia or Imerovigli, or anywhere else on the island for that matter, watching the remarkable sunset is a must during your stay. It’s a spectacle not to be missed!
Eat & Drink
Dine by the sea at Yalos in Fira. Located on Exo Gialos, one of Santorini’s most peaceful and secluded beaches, the restaurant is a must when travelling to the island. Indulge in fresh seafood, stuffed peppers and crispy salads on a traditional boat that has been lovingly restored into a sofa. The restaurant also offers private dining, perfect for an anniversary or other special occasions.
A menu filled with a delectable mix of traditional dishes such as moussaka and international alternatives like pizza and pasta makes Argo a firm favourite on the island. Aside from its delicious menu and great service, the restaurant boats incredible views over the caldera, so it’s easy to understand why it attracts large crowds year after year.
Sample authentic Greek cuisine at the award-winning restaurant, To Psaraki. Based on the idea of ‘simple’ and ‘honest food,’ the restaurant’s menu is based solely on local and in-season produce. Try everything from nourishing salads and hearty burgers to a variety of fish including white grouper, Mediterranean barracuda and lobster.
Venture to the colourful village of Firostefani and experience the finest Japanese flavours at Ginger Sushi Lounge, the first restaurant of its kind on the island. Sample the likes of miso-marinated black cod and beef ishiyaki, whilst gazing out to views of the blue dome church of Saint Gerasimos.
Located in Oia in close proximity to the picturesque town, Perivolas Lifestyle Houses offers both luxury and charm. Noted for its serene atmosphere and magnificent infinity pool with views of the Caldera, the five-star accommodation boasts 20 private houses in restored 300-year-old caves. Although each of the suite’s interiors is so beautifully unique, they all embody the organic Cycladic style and white-washed walls.
The award-winning Grace Hotel is one of Santorini’s most renowned and luxurious places to stay, and it’s easy to see why. Residing in the village of Imerovigli, the boutique hotel boasts lavish rooms and magical sea views. Experience one of the hotel’s many facilities including spa treatments and yoga and Pilates classes. In the evening, relax in the hotel’s 363 Champagne Lounge with a fine glass of bubbles or why not try The Grace Cocktail, concocted by esteemed mixologist, Salvatore Calabrese.
Seek a peaceful and quiet retreat at Antoperla Luxury Hotel, positioned a short distance away from Perissa Beach. As well as comfortable rooms and a wide array of facilities, the hotel is the perfect sanctuary to take some well-deserved ‘me time.’ Take a few hours out to treat yourself to one of the many wellness and rejuvenation treatments available. From massages to holistic healing, you’ll be sure to find something that’s right for you.
By Jessica Challoner-Sterland