Santorini holidays are perfect for those looking for a tranquil, picturesque escape.
Holidays on Santorini
Famed for blue domes, luxurious hotels, and translucent waters, Santorini (Thira) is one of the most sought-after Greek island destinations. Witness breathtaking views, soak up the sun on one of its gorgeous beaches, and take a dip in the turquoise Aegean Sea. More fast-paced, ride a cable car to the bottom of Thira’s caldera and hop on a donkey for the trip back up!
Shop in Thira’s boutiques and shops, where handmade jewellery and embroidered linens are a good buy. Look for art in Oia, where picture-postcard views and iconic sunsets inspire local artists.
For the best nightlife, head for Thira where you’ll find bars and clubs with occasional guest DJs during the summer. Elsewhere, the liveliest place is Kamari.
Where is the best place to stay on Santorini?
Upmarket Kamari on Santorini’s east coast is famous for its Blue Flag two-kilometre swathe of dark volcanic sand overlooked by the ruins of ancient Thira, a traffic-free promenade, vibrant nightlife, nearby Canava Roussos winery and open-air Cinema Kamari.
Picture-perfect Perissa in Santorini’s southeast boasts a seven-kilometre Blue Flag black sandy beach with water sports, an adjacent promenade lined with tavernas, bars, and shops and a village centre with the 16th-century Agia Irini and blue-domed Timios Stavrou churches.
If sunbathing and swimming are on your list, the best time for a Santorini holiday is between June and August, when the temperatures reach highs of 30°C.
- Best time to visit: May-October
- Average temp: 21°C/70°F
- Average flight time: 4 Hours
- Most suited for: Families, Couples
- Currency: Euro
- Time Difference: +2 hours
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Things to see and do on Santorini
On an island famed for its beauty, one of the best things you can do on a Santorini holiday is admire its spectacular sights. Watching the sunset from Oia’s caldera coastline is a bucket list favourite, while a stroll through Santorini’s serene blue and white streets is unmatched.
Santorini also has an explosive history – rumoured by many to be the location of the lost city of Atlantis, you’ll find an array of historic and cultural landmarks on the island. Don’t miss the Lost Atlantis Experience!
Take a boat trip to the island of Thirassia with its charming painted houses, a monastery, 20 churches, and wineries. Thrill seekers get to enjoy Santorini’s two fantastic water parks and an array of water sports such as jet skiing.
Food and drink on Santorini
Santorini has eateries to satisfy all tastes, from restaurants serving fresh, locally caught fish and seafood to pizzerias and Chinese restaurants. Don't miss traditional Greek food in a small taverna or wine from local vineyards.
Couples will be spoilt for choice for romantic dining spots with an array of restaurants that overlook breathtaking views of the island. There’s also a huge choice for families too, with many restaurants offering affordable children’s menus.
Average monthly temperature on Santorini (°C)
- Jan 14°C
- Feb 14°C
- Mar 16°C
- Apr 19°C
- May 22°C
- Jun 26°C
- Jul 28°C
- Aug 28°C
- Sep 26°C
- Oct 23°C
- Nov 19°C
- Dec 15°C