Situated in the southern Aegean Sea, the crescent shaped island of Santorini is without a doubt the most stunning of the Cyclades islands. Beautiful and relaxing, Santorini is the perfect destination for those planning a romantic getaway or a honeymoon. Santorini is also a popular destination for those embarking on a family holiday.
As Santorini is not too far away from Crete, it shares a similar climate which is characterized by hot summers and mild, short winters. Santorini is a popular destination throughout the year. However, the most popular time to visit is between June and September. If you want to avoid the summer crowds, Santorini is less busy in the spring and the water is warm enough for swimming from May.
Most of the accommodation in Santorini falls into the mid-range to luxury sectors and has price tags to match. Prices are at their highest during August and July. The western part of the island is the most-popular place to stay. Hotels close to Santorini’s water-filled caldera are a popular choice for couples. On the other hand, the eastern part of the island offers more family-orientated accommodation, many of which is on the beachfront
What to Do in Santorini
One of Santorini’s major attractions is its beautiful beaches which have stunning scenery and clear waters. As well as sunbathing and swimming, some of the beaches in Santorini have facilities for water sports such as parasailing, windsurfing and jet skiing. Two of Santorini’s most noteworthy beaches are Kamari and Persissa.
Two of the most popular attractions on the island are the remains of Ancient Thira and Ancient Akrotiri. First settled during the 9th century BC by the Dorians, Ancient Thira is home to a number of interesting ruins from different time periods. Situated in the south of the island, Ancient Akrotiri is an ancient Minoan city excavated from layers of volcanic ash. The settlement is well-preserved and offers a unique opportunity to see what life was like hundreds of years ago.
If you’re interested in art and history or just want a break from the beach, there are a number of interesting museums and galleries to visit in Santorini. One of the island’s favourite museums is the Museum of Prehistoric Thera. This museum has a number of well-organised exhibitions which display relics from Santorini’s history. Collection highlights include a gold ibex from the 17th century BC and well-preserved frescoes. Situated near Kamari, the Art Space gallery is not to be missed. The gallery is housed in one of Santorini’s oldest wineries and has a fantastic collection of modern art.