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Santorini is an island and also named as Thira. It is located in Southern Aegean Sea which is 200 km from Greece mainland. Santorini Island is actually a group of Islands such as Thira, Thirassia, Aspronissi, Palea and Nea Kameni. Santorini is the whole complete of active volcano.

The Island Is The Site Of One Of The Largest Volcanic Eruptions In Recorded History

The Minoan eruption (sometimes called the Thera eruption), occurred some 3,600 years ago at the height of the Minoan civilization. The eruption left a large caldera surrounded by volcanic ash deposits hundreds of meters deep and may have led indirectly to the collapse of the Minoan civilization on the island of Crete, 110 km (68 mi) to the south, through a gigantic tsunami. Another popular theory holds that the Thera eruption is the source of the legend of Atlantis.

Santorini is considered to be the most well-known area for a romantic getaway in Greece, considering there are not many places in the global wherein you can enjoy in exquisitely clean waters while perched on the rim of a big active volcano inside the middle of the sea! The island has a developing recognition as a “wedding ceremony vacation spot” for couples not only from Greece but from all over the world.

Santorini Villages And Towns:

There are several villages and cities on Santorini Island, four of which are perched along the top of the crescent-shaped cliff of the caldera.


The main stunning cliff-perched town, featuring all that Oia has, is much more overcrowded.


Two kilo meters south of Fira,  you can find the traditional Santorini architecture.


Black pebble beach. It has stunning views of Sunrise.


Just 10 minutes walking distance from Fira, it offers unique views of the volcano and sunset from its cliff-perched site.


Small resort town perched on the cliff a short bus ride away from Fira. Has absolutely stunning views of the sunset (all the way down to the horizon) and of Oia.

Oia or Ia:

 For unforgettable sunsets, probably the most charming cliff-perched place on the island.


 Highest point on the island; picturesque monastery and streets, can compete with Oia.


Nice, well-organized beaches and good Greek fish taverns.


Traditional village with a lot of old white cycladic churches.


Visit the archaeological site of Aktotiri. Stunning history. The Venetian Castle and on the top with amazing views the tower La Ponta- Greek Bagpipe exhibition workshop Daily music!


The centre of the island. There is a small market on the road every morning with fresh fish. Do not miss the Argiros Estate to see a 19th century house fully rebuilt.


Nice beach and a few good taverns. Very good for children, as the water is shallow.


A small village and a beach.


A small rock village, the church of St. Ann is here. Architecturally it is the strangest village on the island, as all the buildings were cut from the ravine that it is in.

Santorini's Traditional Tastes:

  • Brantada:

A local Santorinian fish dish. Cod fillet coated in a mixture of flour, water, salt and sometimes beer, normally served with garlic salad. The best place to try it is in some less touristic villages, like Exo Gonia.

  • Santorinio Sfougato:

 Sfougato is a traditional Santorini dish.

 Ingredients: small zucchini, onions, extra virgin olive oil, flour, eggs, rosemary leaves or spearmint tea leaves or dill, xinomyzithra or other sour milk cheese or soft feta, naxos sweet gruyere, salt and fresh ground pepper, sweet peppers, sesame seeds.

  • Fava :

Fava is a local Santorini dish, originally made with the broad bean. Later on, the broad bean was replaced with an easier version, the yellow shelled lentil. Its name originates from the word "favus" which is the Latin word for broad beans.

  • Melitinia (dessert):

 Melitinia are cookies that are made for weddings, engagements and festivals. They are made of unsalted mitzithra cheese and yogurt and they also have a beautiful smell of mastic. They can be found in the traditional bakeries of Santorini.

  • Tomatokeftdes:

 Tomatokeftdes is also known as tomato fritters, is made with Santorini cherry sized tomatoes. It is cooked in olive oil with onions, peppers, mint and other herbs.

Beaches Of Santorini:

Public beaches do not seem to have showers or places for changing.

  • Black Beach:

 Great beach bars with crazy cocktails, delicious food and some serious party atmosphere but at the same time you can also just relax on a sun-bed! But be careful of the black sand…it can seriously burn your feet in the summer....

  • Red Beach:

 It’s worth taking the Red Beach/Akrotiri bus from Fira and then climbing over the very rocky trails to get here (though there are water taxis and various schooners that make their way here as well). Red Beach earns its name from the iron-rich sedimentary rocks in the cliff face towering above you, as well as the red sand. It's quite crowded; you can rent an umbrella and a pair of chaise lounges for € 8, though there is also some good free space nearby that gets packed by midday. The first few meters of the water near the shore are quite gravelly, so be prepared to step on some stones. Women are frequently topless. Many distant yachts can be seen from the beach it looks really romantic at sunset time

  • White Beach:

 Available only from the sea; get there by boat from Red Beach or Akrotiri. There is no pier so the only way to get there is by getting of the boat and walking through water that starts at about you waist. It is very small with only a few beds.

  • Vlychada:

 This is a nude beach. On the left side of the beach, you will see that people are clothed, but as you go toward the right, you will find everyone in nude. An umbrella with 2 chaise lounges cost €5 if you stay on the left side of the beach.

  • Amoudi:

 This is not really a beach with sand, but is a wonderfully secluded swimming area reachable from Oia. There is a road around the far side of Oia that leads down to a small parking lot. From there, you can reach the swimming area on foot past a few small restaurants. There is also a platform on a large rock that people can swim to and dive off.

  • Perivolos:

Lighter sand than Perissa beach, and is very enjoyable when the North Wind is blowing. It has beach bars and restaurants that makes it feel like a "beach day club".

  • Monolithos:

Quiet but well organized beach with all the comforts of the other beaches such as clubs, restaurants, and umbrellas.

  • Baxedes:

This is the main beach at the north side of the Island. Baxedes is a peaceful place with black sand; it is much more like how Santorini was like before tourists discovered the island. This is not the best beach when the north wind is blowing. It is easiest to get there by rented or private car or motorbike.

  • Pori:

This is an amazing beach on the east side of Santorini where the rocks have a very unique red color to them. This is an excellent beach for those who do not mind walking a bit to get there. No facilities, restaurants, or shopping are located here.

  • Mesa Pigadia:

A beautiful rocky beach near the nature side of the island by the town Akrotiri. About 800 meters away from the Akrotiri main road there are restaurants on the beach itself. There are several ways to reach the beach which include driving, biking, or taking a small boat from Akrotiri. The price is about € 7 for the ride and another € 7 to rent an umbrella.

  • Agios Georgios:

 At the southern tip of the Santorini this beach has everything from water sports to beach bars. There are a few small taverns here and it is the perfect spot to have a quiet swim and avoid the massive crowds. You can reach this beach from Emporio and Perissa by rented or private car. Walking is also an option.

Santorini Iceland Transportation:

Getting around the island can be done in several ways.

By Bus:

During the summer is when you’ll find the greatest number of buses. They run along several major villages and go the main station at Fira. You can only change from one route to another at this station. In the winter, there are buses but they go much less frequently. Bus fares are reasonably priced. If you prefer more flexible transportation, you can rent a scooter or a bike. Four wheeled quad bikes are also popular and require a driver’s license to operate.


Santorini has two ports: Athinios (Ferry Port) and Skala (Old Port). Cruise ships anchor off Skala and passengers are transferred by local boatmen to shore at Skala where Fira is accessed by cable car, on foot or by donkey. Tour boats depart from Skala for Nea Kameni and other Santorini destinations.


Santorini is one of the few Cyclades Islands with a major airport, which lies about 6 km (4 mi) southeast of downtown Thera. The main asphalt runway (16L-34R) is 2,125 meters (6,972 feet) in length, and the parallel taxiway was built to runway specification (16R-34L). It can accommodate Boeing 757, Boeing 737, Airbus 320 series, Avro RJ, Fokker 70, and ATR 72 aircraft. Scheduled airlines include the new Olympic Air, Aegean Airlines, Ryanair and Athens Airways, with chartered flights from other airlines during the summer, and with transportation to and from the air terminal available through buses, taxis, hotel car-pickups and rental cars.

Santorini (Thira) National Airport is an airport in Santorini/Thira, Greece, located north of the village of Kamari. It has regular flights from Athens by Olympic Air, Aegean Airlines and Air Sea Lines (a seaplane airline). Flight duration from Athens to Santorini is about 30 minutes. During summer, Sky Express connects Santorini with other popular islands such as Crete (Heraklion), Rhodes and Mykonos. During the months of July and August Astra Airlines flies from Thessaloniki .

From May till October charter airlines fly directly to Santorini from many European airports. Here are Airlines list.

  • Air Berlin Flies from Berlin Tegel (TXL), Dusseldorf (DUS), Hamburg (HAM), Nuremberg (NUE) and Vienna (VIE)
  • Condor flies from Dusseldorf (DUS), Stuttgart (STR), Frankfurt (FRA), and Munich (MUC)
  • EasyJet flies from London Gatwick (LGW), Manchester (MAN) and Milan Malpensa     (MXP)
  • Edelweiss Air flies from Zurich (ZRH)
  • German wings flies from Cologne/Bonn (CGN), Munich (MUC) and Stuttgart (STR)
  • Jetairfly flies from Brussels (BRU)
  • Meridiana flies from Milan Malpensa (MXP)
  • Norwegia flies from Copenhagen (CPH), Oslo (OSL) and Stockholm (ARN)
  • SAS flies from Oslo
  • TAROM flies from Otopeni Bucharest (OTP)
  • Thomas Cook flies from London Gatwick (LGW), Manchester (MAN) and Brussels (BRU)
  • Thompson flies from Manchester (MAN)
  • Transavia flies from Amsterdam (AMS).

Santorini Top Wineries To Visit:

  • Volcan Wines Museum & Winery
  • Santo Wines
  • Argiros Estate
  • Boutari winery
  • Venetsanos Winery

Hotels In Santorini:

Romantic Hotels In Santorini:

  • Strogili Traditional houses
  • Porto Fira Suites
  • Chromata hotel
  • Lilium Villas Santorini
  • Tzekos Villas
  • Anteliz Suits
  • Astra Suites
  • Pegasus suites and spa
  • Belvedere santorini
  • Astro palace hotel and suites

Family Hotels In Santorini:

  • Iloperato traditional apartments
  • Anteliz suits
  • Art maisons luxury santorini hotels aspaki and Oia castle
  • Filotera suites
  • Milos villas
  • Santorini princess
  • Aressana spa hotel and suites
  • Hotel sunny villas
  • Oia’s sunset apartments


Santorini Luxury Hotels:

  • Aressana spa hotel and suites
  • Porto fira suites
  • Chromate hotel
  • Lilium villas santorini
  • Anteliz suites
  • Astra suites
  • Pegasus suites and spa
  • Belvedere santorini
  • Astro palace hotel and suites
  • Art maisons luxury santorini hotels aspaki oia castle

Santorini Guest Houses:

  • Adamant suites
  • Absolute bliss imerovigli suites
  • Esperas
  • Above blue suites
  • Voreina gallery suites
  • Orabel suites santorini
  • Oia mare villas
  • Avianto suites
  • Avista suites imerovigli
  • Elea resort

Santorini Tourist Ranking:

The U.S. News & World Report travel rankings are based on analysis of expert and user opinions. Read more about how we rank vacation destinations.

  • 1 in Best Honeymoon Destinations in Europe
  • 1 in Best Islands in the World
  • 2 in Best Romantic European Getaways
  • 2 in Best Summer Vacations
  • 2 in Best Honeymoon Destinations
  • 4 in Best Beach Honeymoon Destinations
  • 5 in Most Luxurious Honeymoon Destinations
  • 9 in Most Relaxing Beaches

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