Santorini is the stuff of dreams: gleaming white Cycladic architecture whose blue domes compete only with the sky for vibrance; an ancient history that is the just as fascinating as the myths that surround it.
Wild and natural beauty whose mere sights will steal the breath from your body; unique beaches whose origins come from belly of a volcano; legendary sunsets that give way to a thriving and exciting nightlife. It is no wonder that Santorini is one of THE go-to destinations for travelers from around the world.
Where to Stay
With tourism as its bread and butter, Santorini is expecting you. There are plenty of lodging options for every taste and budget. Romantic boutique hotels, comfortable villas, family-friendly specialty lodging, and plenty of vacation rental homes dot the landscape of the island. An amazing view is never far away, and you can expect to receive warm and friendly service wherever you choose to lay your head.
Anastasis Apartments, located in Imerovigli, has won awards for its service, which is beyond what you would expect. The views are spectacular, and the accommodations are comfortable. While not the fanciest place to stay on the island, you won’t notice, because you will feel right at home.
Villa Renos offers unforgettable views of Fira, while providing guests with not only lovely and comfortable rooms, but outrageously delicious meals. The proprietors pluck fresh fruits and vegetables from their very own garden and prepare mouthwatering means each day. The intimate surroundings make this a perfect place to stay for a honeymoon or a romantic getaway.
The Zorzis Hotel offers close proximity to the beaches and sights of Perissa. The coziness of the hotel and the excellent service make you feel more like a family member than a hotel guest. The pretty pool area has mountain views, and the guest rooms are clean and well-equipped with everything you need to be relaxed and comfortable.
Where to Eat
There are plenty of places to enjoy the freshest and most delicious Greek cuisine on Santorini. Cafes, tavernas, and family-owned restaurants dominate the landscape, and are sure to feature the very best food, cooked with love.
Hidden away in the little town of Exo Gonia, Metaxi Mas is a favorite among locals, as well as all visitors who happen upon its doors. Dine on what is arguably the best Greek food on the island while enjoying captivating views and a friendly atmosphere. It’s no-frills, but that’s what makes it so special.
Excellent service, delicious Greek food, and ocean views make Almira Restaurant a favorite among visitors of Kamari. It’s not unusual to arrive as a wedding is taking place, but your service won’t suffer, and neither will your meal.
Delicious Greek dishes, chatty and friendly hosts, and a fun atmosphere make Salt & Pepper one of Fira’s hidden gems. It isn’t fancy, and it doesn’t have an ocean view, but that is more than made up by the unique and tasty menu and the impeccable service you receive.
What to Do
Santorini is visually exquisite, and ripe with opportunities for outdoor adventures. Archaeology buffs flock here to explore Akrotiri, an historical site that is preserved nearly as well as Pompeii, and a fantastic glimpse into the fabled past of Greece and the Roman Empire. The museums are filled with interesting and beautiful artifacts, and don’t miss the blue monkey mosaic.
Tour the beautiful towns, like Vothonas, where all of the buildings are cut directly into the rock ravine in which it resides. What the legendary sunsets in Oia.
Hit the incredible beaches on Santorini. Volcanic deposits have created a unique and colorful beach landscape. Red Beach and White Beach, in Akrotiri are sights to behold.
Climb Skaros Rock for amazing views, or go for a hike along Amoudi Bay. No matter where you go on Santorini, you won’t be far from an unforgettable view, a delicious meal, and thousands of years of history.
When to Visit
The off-season on Santorini is December through March. The weather is colder, rainy, and windy, and many businesses shut down during that time. April through June and September through October are the ideal times to visit the island.