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Santorini
Travel Guide

Firá showing a coastal town and general coastal views

Blissful weather and postcard-perfect villages atop soaring cliffs: This Greek island is a scenic spot for a peaceful getaway.

Santorini perfectly illustrates why tourists adore the Greek islands. The vivid hues of the sea and sky are awe-inspiring, the climate is consistently warm and the atmosphere is unhurried. 


The island may be tranquil today, but its beginnings were very different. A massive volcanic explosion occurred about 3,600 years ago. This “Minoan eruption” formed the crescent-shaped basin, or caldera, now recognized as Santorini. The island gets its name from the 13th-century Venetians, who dedicated it to Saint Irene. In 1956, Santorini was devastated by a major earthquake and much of its ancient architecture was destroyed. However, rebuilding has been considerate of historic style.

Firá is Santorini’s capital; it’s a major port of call for cruise ships, and one of the best spots for food and nightlife. Picturesque Oia is one of Santorini’s oldest villages. Based at the north tip of the island, Oia is the perfect place to snap pictures of Greece’s iconic whitewashed houses. The spectacular sunsets here have inspired many an artist. In the village of Pyrgos you will see blue-domed churches, old-fashioned tavernas and houses, and a castle dating back to the 15th century.

There are plenty of beaches to visit on Santorini. For comfortable sunbathing, head for the black-sand strips of Perivolos or Perissa. Mesa Pigadia and Pori are good spots to see dramatic rocky coastline.

Santorini’s climate is pleasant throughout the year. Its average daytime temperature is 84 F (29 C) in the summer and 59 F (15 C) in winter. Parts of the island are heavily frequented by tourists in the peak season of summer.

Santorini is served by an airport located on the east side of the island. A decent road network links most major sites. Because Santorini is so small, it’s possible to see most of it affordably by rental car or taxi.

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Where to stay in Santorini

De Sol Spa Hotel
De Sol Spa Hotel
5 out of 5
Fira, Santorini, Santorini Island
The price is $166 per night from Jun 23 to Jun 23
Situated near the airport, this luxury hotel is steps from Aegean Islands and Santorini Caldera. Athinios Port and Old Port are also within 3 mi (5 km).
4.6/5Wonderful! (284 reviews)
"Everyone who worked there was very kind."

Reviewed on Jun 16, 2021

De Sol Spa Hotel
Hotel Sunny Villas
Hotel Sunny Villas
4 out of 5
Imerovigli, Santorini, Santorini Island
Situated in Santorini, this romantic hotel is steps from Aegean Islands and Santorini Caldera. Skaros Rock and Old Port are also within 3 mi (5 km).
4.6/5Exceptional! (490 reviews)
"This is a stunning property with helpful staff. Warning that you and your luggage will have to navigate steep stairs to get anywhere on the property. The rooms are largely glazed cement in elegant, beautiful styles. Breakfast is served on your balcony - in our first room, that meant with a beautiful ..."

Reviewed on Nov 1, 2020

Hotel Sunny Villas
Volcano View Hotel Santorini
Volcano View Hotel Santorini
5 out of 5
Fira, Santorini, Santorini Island
The price is $222 per night from Jun 21 to Jun 21
Situated near the airport, this luxury hotel is steps from Aegean Islands and Santorini Caldera. Old Port and Monolithos Beach are also within 3 mi (5 km).
4.6/5Wonderful! (585 reviews)
"We loved our time at Volcano View. The location was centrally located on the island. Just far enough away, but not too close. Easy to get to the beaches and to Oia. Just normally a 15 mins journey in a car or with the hotels complimentary shuttles. The property was clean and well kept. The hotel ..."

Reviewed on Jun 16, 2021

Volcano View Hotel Santorini
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Vallas Apartments & Villas
Vallas Apartments & Villas
3 out of 5
Firostefani, Santorini
The price is $78 per night from Jun 22 to Jun 22
Situated in Santorini, this aparthotel is steps from Aegean Islands and Santorini Caldera. Skaros Rock and Old Port are also within 1 mi (2 km).
4.3/5Excellent! (134 reviews)
"Gutes und preisgünstiges Appartement! Absolut geeignet um die ganzen Eindrücke der Caldera zu geniessen!!"

Reviewed on Sep 19, 2020

Vallas Apartments & Villas
Enigma Suites
Enigma Suites
4 out of 5
Fira, Santorini
The price is $250 per night from Jun 23 to Jun 23
Situated in Santorini, this aparthotel is steps from Aegean Islands and Santorini Caldera. Old Port and Skaros Rock are also within 2 mi (3 km).
4.9/5Exceptional! (42 reviews)
"Highly recommended. Location: The location is amazing. There are so many restaurants around. Room: We enjoyed the famous sunset from our room. Sitting in the terrace and watching the sunset was just amazing! Breakfast was served in the terrace. The staff who brought us breakfast was very polite and ..."

Reviewed on Sep 18, 2020

Enigma Suites
Aspa Villas
Aspa Villas
3.5 out of 5
Oia, Santorini, Santorini Island
The price is $103 per night from Jun 19 to Jun 19
Situated near the beach, this villa is steps from Aegean Islands and Santorini Caldera. Oia Castle is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) away.
4.5/5Wonderful! (126 reviews)
"We loved our stay here. It was our one splurge for our 3 week Greek Island trip and it was well worth it. We had the suite with a large private balcony overlooking caldera. Our fridge was stocked with breakfast items and a bottle of wine which we shared at sunset. The private balcony the hotel had ..."

Reviewed on Oct 12, 2019

Aspa Villas
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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