CLASSIC AND SAFE

Santorini’s picture-perfect sceneries make the island one of most photographed places in the world, but there is so much more to this natural miracle than meets the eye. Sunset comes first in mind when referring to Santorini and although that may be a reason to go, the enchanting beauty is what will make you stay.

MORE THAN A SUNSET

Location: Cyclades

Capital: Fira
Size: 76 km2
Accessibility: By plane and ferry from Piraeus or Rafina port

The surreal landscape of Santorini is the result of a huge volcanic eruption that took place 3.500 years ago and created what later became the island’s showpiece, the caldera. Even the beaches are part of the fairytale scenery, taking their names from the colors of the cliffs that hang above them. Still watched over by the smoldering volcano, the amphitheatrically built houses attract thousands of visitors every year. Despite its rapid touristic development, the island has maintained its character. Candlelit cafés and a vibrant nightlife compliment the dreamlike setting at Fira, the town of Santorini. Picturesque villages such as Perissa, Imerovigli and Perivolos are scattered all over the island, while visitors gather at Oia to enjoy the famous sunset.

ESSENTIALS

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WE LOVE

Wine tasting at one of the many famous vineyards. White, Black, Red: the holy trinity of beaches in Santorini. Atlantis Bookstore in Oia, rightfully featured in every Best Bookstores in the World list. Megalochori village, which attracts architects from around the globe due to its stunning renovation.

 

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LOCAL TIPS

To avoid crowds, visit during autumn and spring. For the adventurous types, Santorini has several hiking and climbing routes. Santorini may not be famous for its beaches, but Vlychada beach has a reputation of being the best one, as well as offering relative peace and quiet in such a popular island.

Events calendar

SANTORINI JAZZ FESTIVAL

Jazz fans gather every July for a series of performances by Greek and international musicians

ORTHDOX EASTER

Celebrations at the picturesque village of Pyrgos are not to be missed during Orthodox Easter

HEPHAESTIA FESTIVAL

A representation of the volcanic eruption takes place every August along with a string of events

MUSIC FESTIVAL

Held for two weeks in September, the festival welcomes musicians from across the globe