Santorini is one of the most famous, desirable and photographed islands in the world. A small paradise and natural wonder with dramatic views, white villages, blue domes, picturesque alleys and amazing sunsets. Here is everything you need and want to know about the Greek island before your vacation.
In less than one hour direct flight from Athens, you will be surprised to discover one of the most beautiful and special places that can be found. For your convenience, below you will find general and relevant information about the island, how to get there, recommended length of stay, the attraction you don't want to miss and the best hotels in Santorini.
In fact, Santorini is a small group of islands, but it is customary to refer to the largest island in the group "Thira", as Santorini. The uniqueness and beauty of the place come from the fact that the group of islands are the remains of an ancient volcano that erupted and created the "Caldera" - the crater of the volcano submerged in the sea that was created after its collapse. In short, a spectacular spectacle that you must see at least once in your life!
Add to this natural wonder Mediterranean summer weather, a unique romantic atmosphere, white villages adorning the island's cliffs, a variety of attractions and unique experiences such as a pampering yacht cruise towards one of the most beautiful sunsets in the world and a large variety of amazing hotels with infinity pools facing the view that can only be found in Santorini - and you've got one of the best tourist sites!
You can reach Santorini in the following ways: Direct flights directly from Athens, a short cruise (about 2 hours) from the island of Crete - recommended in combination with a vacation in Crete, a long cruise (about 5 hours) from Athens (port Piraeus) - recommended in combination with a vacation in Athens and other islands along the way, for example, Mykonos \ Paros \ Milos and more.
In Santorini, there are several options for getting around: a Rental car is, in my opinion, the most convenient option to travel between the towns and explore the small island (about 80 square kilometers). Usually, parking will be in a parking lot a few minutes walk from the hotel. Public transportation - there are cheap buses between the main towns and expensive taxis. ATVs and scooters - as in any Greek island you can rent these popular vehicles. If you come to rest and do not move from the hotel, use the hotel's transfer services.
The recommended length of stay on the island depends mainly on the budget you want to invest. Most of the people will stay 3 nights or 4 nights. If you have more time and budget you can stay even 7 nights. Since the island is very small (about an hour's drive from end to end), even 3 nights will allow you to taste what the island has to offer (for example, a sunset cruise, a tour of wineries and resting in front of a spectacular view), but without a doubt, you will be left with a taste for more and a desire to return.
The main attraction in Santorini that you should not miss is undoubtedly a quality cruise. The powerful views of the island from the sea, the special beaches that you can only reach by sailing, the service, the atmosphere and the cuisine on the yacht - they are what make the experience unforgettable! On the island, there are dozens of providers and a large variety of cruise types, some amazing and some much less so. Fortunately for you, I have tested and tried several of them and will be happy to offer you the leading companies on the island that offer cruises at the highest level! The recommended sunset cruise lasts about 5 hours and includes a tasty lunch and free drinks, pickup and drop-off from any hotel on the island, towels and snorkels for swimming on the most beautiful beaches on the island, and an amazing atmosphere. Ask me for more details (Through the WhatsApp button below).
The hotels experience in Santorini is special & different from anywhere else. On the island, you will find boutique hotels and luxury hotels that win the most prestigious awards in the world every year. Happily, I got to stay and photograph quite a few of them and I can assure you that the service in these hotels is at the highest level! Add to that infinity pools overlooking amazing views that can only be found in Santorini, cuisine that is an experience in itself, surprising treats that keep coming and a relaxed atmosphere that will affect you for a very long time. To complete the experience, I would be happy to take advantage of my connections on the island and take care of you personally with special rates and treats.
I visited the island for the first time in 2014 and fell in love. Since then, I have returned to the island almost every year! I photographed quite a few amazing hotels, developed good relationships with locals and mostly enjoyed all the good things this island has to offer. I decided to turn the travel hobby into a profession and since 2017 I have been working as a travel agent full-time. I will be happy to take care of you and fully customize your perfect vacation out of love, extensive experience and a desire to contribute knowledge in the process of booking the perfect vacation. in Greece or in any destination you want (Feel free to translate the recommendations below).