If you want to see Greece at its most beautiful, come to Santorini. This island truly embodies the ultimate perfection that nature can provide. Classically called Thera, this idyllic horseshoe shaped volcanic island is located in the warm, clear blue waters of the south Aegean Sea, about 200 kilometres from the southeast coast of mainland Greece. Santorini is essentially the ideal holiday spot for the majority of the year as it is warm throughout all seasons, as are the waters surrounding the island.
Littered around this island are those unique-only-to-Santorini postcard-esque white and blue dome houses and quaint windmills, which make just wandering the streets a key activity of your holiday. And that is just a mere snippet into what great things Santorini has to offer.
If you fancy a trip into the immense history of the island, visit the ancient Minoan site of Akrotiri and its intricate frescos and museums. Embrace the local traditions by taking a donkey ride around the tiny blue tiled streets; or join the crowds watching one of the most gorgeous sunsets in the world at the cliff-side town of Oia. Relax in the sun with a good book on the distinctive black beaches, which, by the way, are not scarce on the island, and take a dip in the peacefully warm waters of the sheltered Aegean Sea.
The image alone must make you want to book your tickets today! All beaches have black sand, except for the red beach and cliffs, located on the most southerly strip of the island. For those of you who like adventure, take a boat trip around the island, with a chance to take a walk on the volcanic tip, peaking up through the water in Santorini’s bay. This can all be finished off with the exciting range of water-sports offered at the larger beaches of the island, ranging from banana boating to kite-sailing.
Have a taste of the local fish dishes, including brantada, a simple, but tasty cod dish. If you have a sweet tooth, try the delicious melitinia cookies, found in the traditional bakeries of Santorini; or, perhaps try Santorini’s own dry, citrusy white wine.
For those party-animals that like to paint the town red, bars, nightclubs are situated in the island’s main hub capital of Fira, or the major beach resorts of Kamari and Perissa