Santorini was born thousands of years ago out of fire and chaos. Now it is synonymous with luxury, relaxation and unmissable sunsets.
Spend your time wandering through iconic whitewashed buildings, azure rooftops shining brightly in the sun. Oia is the Santorini that people travel to see. Dip into the boutiques for a spot of retail therapy and wander through art galleries before finding a seat in a traditional taverna to unwind. The best spots see crisp white walls give way top sheer cliffs with the aquamarine sea stretched far out below.
Here you won’t find the golden beaches of other Greek islands, rather colourful stretches of volcanic sand and pebbles fringed by cliffs. Tread the black sand and dip your feet in the warm waters that surround the island. For the more adventurous, charter a sail boat to discover secluded coves. Snorkel in the crystal clear sea or dive a little deeper to uncover eerie shipwrecks.
Evenings on Santorini are a feast for the senses. Fira, the island’s capital is a bustling and vibrant town filled with tavernas, bars, restaurants and postcard-perfect views of the multi-coloured cliffs. Tempting scents waft down the streets, chilled Greek wine dances on the tongue and the sunset floods the sea with gold. A glimpse of sundown at Skaros will last a lifetime.
When to go
May to October are the best and warmest months to visit.