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Santorini Holiday Guide

Santorini illustrates perfectly why tourists so love the Greek Islands. The bright colours of the sea and the sky are matched by its multicoloured buildings, the climate is pleasant all year round and the island exudes a innate relaxing atmosphere.

The island is now a haven for peace and quiet, but this wasn’t always the case. It was a major volcanic eruption that formed the moon-shaped basin that makes up the island of Santorini, 3,600 years ago. The island was shaken again by a severe earthquake in 1956, which lead to the destruction of many ancient buildings. During the subsequent reconstruction, however, the style of the original architecture was closely followed to ensure the island didn’t lose its unique character.

Fira is the capital of Santorini, a major cruise port and the best spot on the island for a nice dinner and a night out. The charming Oia is one of Santorini's oldest villages, located on the northernmost tip of the island and is a perfect spot for a photo of the iconic white houses - the spectacular sunsets have been able to inspire many artists. In the village of Pyrgos you’ll find churches with blue domes, old taverns, houses and a 15th-century castle – great for history lovers.

Santorini also has a large number of beaches. Sunbathe on the island’s black sandy beaches at Perivolos and Perissa, while Mesa Pigadia and Pori are the best places to admire the rugged, rocky coastline.

Santorini's climate is pleasant all year round. The average daytime temperature in the summer is 29 ° C and 15 ° C in winter. Not surprisingly, some regions of the island can get very busy during the summer peak season. But that doesn’t mean your trip to Santorini will be anything less than unforgettable.

If you're wondering where to hit the hay, check out our Santorini lodging options. There are 597 places to pick from in this much-loved destination.

If you feel like living it up on the island, make your selection from one of its more upscale hotels and apartments, such as the Michaela Residence or the Grace Santorini.

If you're on a budget, you should check out the rates at the Ventus Paradiso Villa and the Ambition Suites, two of the island's more economical choices.

Taking a break isn't just about ticking off destinations on a map. It's about the friends we encounter and the experiences we have on the way!

This place has a range of activities. Here are some ideas to jump start your trip to Santorini:

Take a look at our Santorini things to do page for a complete list.


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Ira Hotel & Spa €120
Reviewed on 5 Feb 2020
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Ira Hotel & Spa

Ira Hotel & Spa

Firostefani, Santorini, Santorini Island
     
    4.8 of 5
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Our stay at Ira Hotel Santorini was made so much much more sweeter from hotel manager, Anthony and Ms.Adel. Other staffs from housekeeping & kitchen too, were so kind, efficient and very friendly throughout. We definitely will recommend others to please stay here to experience yourself the true Greek ...

    Santo Maris Oia, Luxury Suites & Spa €348
    Reviewed on 21 Oct 2019
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    Santo Maris Oia, Luxury Suites & Spa

    Santo Maris Oia, Luxury Suites & Spa

    Oia, Santorini
       
      4.8 of 5
      5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Very nice indeed,free upgrade to a private pool and Jacuzzi room, lovely gesture

      Charisma Suites €388
      Reviewed on 27 Oct 2019
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      Charisma Suites

      Charisma Suites

      Oia city, Santorini, Santorini Island
         
        4.9 of 5
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        This is one of our favourite property in our 16 day trip around Greece. The views were breathtaking and we had breakfast every day outside with this amazing backdrop! We felt like were were the rich and famous! All the staff were friendly and so very helpful! The only problem is the pool which is ...

        Santorini Princess Luxury Spa Hotel €272
        Reviewed on 6 Dec 2019
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        Santorini Princess Luxury Spa Hotel

        Santorini Princess Luxury Spa Hotel

        Imerovigli, Santorini, Santorini Island
           
          4.9 of 5
          5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          No words to describe how amazing our stay was at Santorini Princess! I never write reviews but this hotel exceeded my expectations in every way possible! 5 stars all around!!! From the property, breath taking reviews, location, staff that goes above and beyond to the amazing breakfast served each ...

          Costa Grand Resort & Spa
          Reviewed on 24 Oct 2019
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          Costa Grand Resort & Spa

          Costa Grand Resort & Spa

          Kamari Beach, Santorini, Santorini Island
             
            4.3 of 5
            5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Clean and modern with a great location. Pools available for those who want it.

            Hotel Sunny Villas
            Reviewed on 11 Nov 2019
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            Hotel Sunny Villas

            Hotel Sunny Villas

            Imerovigli, Santorini, Santorini Island
               
              4.7 of 5
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              The property was beautiful and the service was great.

              Loizos Stylish Residences €72
              Reviewed on 1 Dec 2019
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              Loizos Stylish Residences

              Loizos Stylish Residences

              Fira, Santorini, Santorini Island
                 
                4.5 of 5
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Great location and also staff very helpful, she took her time to explain. Rooms were super clean and they are big compared to others (didn't expected that for the price). Book it with no second thought

                Lilium Villas €220
                Reviewed on 22 Mar 2020
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                Lilium Villas

                Lilium Villas

                Fira Town, Santorini, Santorini Island
                   
                  4.7 of 5
                  5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  A very unique place with a very beautiful sunset. The dog was yummy.. The room was very clean and nice. I enjoy very much the pool area. Nice food and drinks too.

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