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This wonderful volcanic island that boasts the spectacular town of Thira and black sand beaches is truly unique in the Cycladic firmamentEnquire Now
Also known as Thira, Santorini is an island of extremes. How else could you describe a place where the inhabitants have built towns on a cliff's edge hundreds of feet above the sea, where the beaches are black and where smouldering volcanoes lay only a short boat ride away? These unique attributes attract a steady stream of cruise ships and holiday jets making Santorini one of our busier island destinations. In spite of the crowds, Santorini remains an absolutely stunning island with its white villages clinging to the volcanic cliffs, views to die for and quite amazing sunsets.
The geological origins of Santorini as we know it today are well documented. In 1450 BC this volcanic island erupted thus forming the crescent shaped caldera. Overlooking this caldera, all with equally spectacular views, we have selected three areas for our accommodation.
Thira is the island’s capital and as such is the most busy and commercialised. That said, the domed churches, barrel-roofed cave houses, hotels, bars and restaurants that have been terraced into the lip of the caldera are captivating in their quite astounding locality. Away from the rim of the caldera, the town has several excellent museums, many trendy shops and an astounding choice of places to eat and drink, many staying open into the small hours. Without doubt, Thira is the best base to explore Santorini as a whole. An excellent bus network connects Thira with all the main towns, villages and tourist attractions including the black pebble beach areas of Perissa and Kamares as well as the amazing Minoan archaeological site at Akrotiri. Most of the organised excursions also emanate from Thira.
Imerovigli is only a couple of kilometres north of Thira, connected by a cliff-top path. In common with Thira, this area commands the same caldera views but is less busy. With its own restaurants, cafes and shops, Imerovigli is self sufficient in holiday facilities. The same spectacular footpath that skirts the caldera and connects Thira and Imerovigli then runs to the north of the island to Oia.
Oia, designated a traditional settlement, Oia’s white and pastel-coloured houses with red pebble walls cling to the cliff face along with the famous Skafta cave houses, blue-domed churches and ship-owners neo-classical mansions. Shops, cafes, bars and restaurants are plentiful. This combination makes Oia a fine and quieter alternative to Thira but being so far north does make it that more difficult to explore Santorini as a whole.
Wherever you choose to stay on Santorini, the view will stay with you forever.
Twin centre and Island Hopping:
Santorini can be combined with Amorgos, Anafi, Antiparos, Athens, Crete, Folegandros, Koufonissia, Milos, Mykonos, Naxos, Paros, Sikinos & Tinos.
Free Island Map
We will include with your tickets a free, comprehensive map of the island(s) you are visiting, subject to availability