Known as the “Island of Lovers”, Santorini it is a destination that combines all the natural beauty of the region with the architectural charm of the metropolis. Therefore, the island is one of the most sought after places by tourists from all over the world, being a reference in terms of infrastructure, with great options for accommodation and restaurants.

Santorini is located 200 kilometers from Athens, at Greece, and is the largest island in the Cyclades Archipelago (Cyclades) in the Aegean Sea. Its geological formation is the result of a gigantic eruption of a volcano (still active) that caused the island to assume its current form. Furthermore, this eruption is said to have inspired the legend of the lost city of Atlantis.

the best way to meet Santorini is to walk through the alleys of the city, make the most of the sea views and photograph the wonderful sunset, considered by many to be the most beautiful in the world.

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First, the tours start in the city center in Firá. One of the main sights is the Orthodox Metropolitan Cathedral, located in the center overlooking the volcano and the sea. The church was built in 1827 and its interior has several paintings by the Greek artist Christoforos Assimis.

In addition, if you want to enjoy a beach, Perissa has beds and umbrellas spread along the beach. On the other hand, Amari, Perívolos and Red Beach are quieter, great for a morning walk. There is also the possibility of taking boat trips to other islands.

Santorini It also has great wineries and it is possible to find grape plantations in volcanic soil throughout most of the island. Therefore, a great option is the Wine Tour to get to know some local vintages, many of which are awarded, being the production of white wine a strong point.

Things to do in Santorini


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With whitewashed buildings on the sides of the cliffs that form the island of Santorini, the cozy village of Oia is undoubtedly the most beautiful and famous place in the destination. The village features some of the most amazing hotels in Santorini and great viewpoints with panoramic views of the coast.


Fira, also known as Thira, is the capital and one of the main tourist cities on the island. The charming center that looks like a labyrinth is full of great restaurants, hotels, tourist agencies, markets and souvenir shops.


Located just 20 minutes from Fira, the Kamari region is located on the east coast of the island and has several beaches worth visiting, including Praia de Perissa and Perivolos. Despite being quieter than Oia and Fira, Kamari offers a great infrastructure for tourists, with numerous options of restaurants, bars and cafes.

watch the sunset

Sunset is probably one of Santorini's most beautiful and photogenic moments. One of the favorite places for tourists to observe the phenomenon is the charming village of Óia, which impresses visitors with its amazing contrast, between the white houses and the turquoise variations of the Adriatic Sea.

Santorini wineries

Santorini has a unique soil because of its volcanic origin and has a super interesting production of wines with grapes from the region, a great opportunity to make a gastronomic program of the region and taste unique flavors. Our tips are the Santo Wines wineries, in Oia, and the Domaine Sigalas Winery.

Boat ride

One more of the sought after and cool tours to do in the region, is to explore the destinations in a delicious boat tour. There are countless options: watching the sunset, observing the volcano up close and even cruising to other islands with fantastic beaches.

How to get to Santorini


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Finally, to get to Santorini from Athens, are your options: by plane it takes 45 minutes, but is without a doubt the most expensive option or by boats that leave from the port of Piraeus.

There are different types of boats with different prices and schedules. Ferry boats are the cheapest option to make the journey, but the slowest, lasting up to 8 hours of travel.

Known as flyngcats (catamarans) they are the fastest options being a little more expensive than the ferry, but they make the same journey between 3:30 and 4:15 hs.

You should be aware, as the routes are not always daily and in many cases with several stops along the way. Also, weather conditions can delay your trip. Therefore, it is important to know in advance all the days/times and routes so as not to be surprised.

Best time to visit Santorini

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The months of July and August are the high season months, the island gets crowded and prices go up during the season. If you want to find lower prices and the island is a little more empty, the best months may be June and September, when you still enjoy the summer (guaranteed sunny days) and do not suffer from the disadvantages of high season.

Where to stay in Santorini

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If your intention to go to Santorini it's just to enjoy the famous hotels on the edge of the hill overlooking the white houses with blue domes, the right place is the village of Óia. Considered the most romantic place on the islands, it is the perfect option for those who are going to enjoy their honeymoon or just want to enjoy their vacation as a couple.

Thera or “Firá” is the capital of Santorini and has a super tidy center, with several options of shops, restaurants, accommodations, bars and markets. From here public buses depart for the other parts of the island.

THE Sophia Boutique Hotel it's the Myst Boutique are among the best rated hotels on Booking and in addition to offering all the comfort and ideal structure for a dream trip, both have a great location.

Find other hosting options at hi, wound and Kamari.

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» 7 reasons to visit Santorini
» Itinerary through Greece: Athens and Greek Islands in the same trip
» Itinerary through Greece and Turkey on the same trip
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