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Santorini Island: The Diamond of the Greek Islands

Santorini is one of the most beautiful places in the world. Recognised as the most popular island that Greece has to offer, this picturesque oasis – which curves around a giant lagoon for an extra touch of splendour – is a top destination choice for various traveller types. Fantastic and unique beaches, archaeology sites to explore, hiking trails with breathtaking views – there are numerous things to see and do on the island. Throw in a thriving nightlife scene, eclectic cuisine and lavish hotels, and you can understand why Santorini lives up to its lofty reputation.

Spectacular Nature & History

The island of Santorini is a paradise when it comes to natural attractions. With that said, the beaches are one of the main draws for many visiting the area. Arguably the best is Perissa Beach with its uniquely stunning black sand, but you certainly don’t want to ignore other options such as Kamari Beach, Vlychada Beach and Perivolos Beach. The landscape of the island – with the scenic cliffside villages often the main source of brochure images that depict the destination – is also an enticing aspect of Santorini. The Fira – Oia hiking trail is perhaps the ideal way to see this side of the island, with ever-changing views of the volcano, sea and surrounding buildings as you scale this well-known route. And if you are seeking some historical sites to take in, the area has plenty of these to enjoy. This includes the 11th century B.C. Ancient Thera and 17th century B.C. Akrotiri Archaeological Site – the latter of which is referred to as the ‘Pompeii of the Aegean’ due to its high levels of preservation.

Attractions & Activities

Alongside the aforementioned natural beauty, Santorini also possesses a nice selection of other attractions to visit. For example, the island is known for its wine production, and there are plenty of places where you can get a closer look at this process. The Santo Winery is one of the most revered, where you can sample glasses of wine while appreciating some of the best views the area has at its disposal. And if you have a passion for this beverage, make sure to also check out the Venetsanos Winery and Wine Museum Koutsoyannopoulos. One of the most unique attractions on the island – and one that needs to be experienced to be believed – is the Open Air Cinema Kamari, where you can watch a movie amongst the nature. And as far as popular activities go, partaking in a boat tour is up there at the top of the list for many travellers to Santorini. Although there are many tours to choose from, they all typically follow the same ideology: providing you with a relaxing time as you view an assortment of incredible sights.

Nightlife Fun

Whilst it holds a healthy reputation for being a romantic retreat for couples, Santorini also has another lively side to it – one that matches the party image associated with the Greek islands. One of the hottest nightlife scenes on the island can be found in the capital of Fira. Nestled amongst some of the best hotel and dining choices available, you will find a variety of contemporary bars and nightclubs in this area – some of which even tempt A-list celebrities. Yet Fira is not the only place to enjoy a spot of late-night fun. In fact, on the opposite side of Santorini Island, you will uncover a different type of nightlife. The villages of Perissa and Kamari, for example, have their beaches lined with a long stretch of open-air bars. This aspect of the island is fairly new, but the loud and crowded nature of these establishments shows that beach bars are currently all the rage for locals and travellers alike!

Food & Shopping

Dining in Santorini is an exciting experience. Whether you want to sample authentic Greek cuisine or some international flavours that your taste buds are more accustomed to, the approximately 600 restaurants on the island cater to your every need. Although if sampling local dishes is an important part of your travelling itinerary, the area has more than just moussaka and gyros. One thing you’re unlikely to find anywhere else is tomatokeftedes, a tempting treat that sees Santorini tomatoes deep-fried to deliciousness. For gifts and trinkets, the island also contains a charming selection of independent shops. From clothes boutiques to locally crafted items, you won’t struggle to find a memento of your trip to Santorini. The crowded alleys of Fira boast an array of shops to find such treats, with the main street of this area known as ‘Gold Street’ due to its large collection of jewellery retailers. Other places on the island such as Oia, Kamari and Pyrgos also feature a variety of unique retailers.

Price range

from ‎NZ$25to ‎NZ$4,971

Top hotels

    Hotel Golden Star Fira

    Situated at Fira in Santorini Island, Golden Star is just a three-minute walk from Fira Main Square. This property features an excellent outdoor swimming pool surrounded by sun loungers. The Museum of Prehistoric Thira is only a ten-minute walk away. All rooms have traditional designs, and the wooden furnishings are ergonomic. The bed sheets have intricate patterns and the windows are large. In addition, the rooms are equipped with safety deposit boxes, flat screen TV’s, and private balconies. Wireless internet access is offered throughout the property. A parking area and a sun terrace are found on-site. Moreover, guests can further relax at the hotel’s garden. Free breakfast is served each day. Other dining options outside include Tsipouradiko Santorinis, Corner Restaurant, Chef's Garden, Convivium, and V Lounge Cafe & Cocktail Bar. Golden Star is a four-minute drive from Archaeological Museum. Plateia Theotokopoulou can be reached within a 15-minute walk. more

    Hotel Hotel Loucas Fira

    This wonderful city hotel is very nicely nestled in the centre of Fira, right on the caldera, approximately 250 m above the sea level and offers its guests magnificent sunset views. It is located right above the old port, facing the famous volcano and the Aegean Sea. It is an ideal hotel for those who seek relaxation by the sea and want to be close to the vivid atmosphere of Fira. Carved into the cliffs, Loucas guest rooms are decorated in traditional Santorinian style. They all enjoy porches with views of the sea and the volcano. Each is equipped with satellite/cable TV and a minibar. The hotel is 6.4 km from Santorini Airport and Athinios Port, 153 m from the bus terminal and the taxi stand. Fira’s cable car, the Archeological and Prehistoric museums, and the Catholic and the Greek Orthodox Cathedrals are only minutes away. more

    Hotel Ptolemeos Pension Fira

    Located just a few metres from the cliff of the Caldera, Ptolemeos Pension offers comfortable and luxurious accommodations with panoramic views of the Aegean Sea. All rooms feature a TV with satellite service, air conditioning, fridge, and a direct dial telephone. Other amenities include a private bathroom with shower, hair dryer and complimentary toiletries. Ptolemeos Pension features a 24-hour front desk,safety deposit box at reception and free Wi-Fi. In addition, there is a business centre that offers secretarial services and conference management.  Valet parking and laundry service are also available. Buffet breakfasts, lunches and dinners are available on-site, and drinks are served in the bar. In addition, a snack bar by the pool offers light snacks and a vast barbecue menu. Severals attractions, including the Nea Kameni Island, the Archaeological Museum of Thera and the beaches at Imerovigli are nearby. more

    Hotel Villa Rose Fira

    Villa Rose is set in the beautiful location of Fira with stunning views and minutes from the main centre. The spacious rooms and apartments offer air conditioning, large en-suites, a balcony, safes, TV's, coffee machines and a fridge with breakfast food. Villa Rose offers a stunning pool with plenty of sun beds as well as a jacuzzi. They also have free parking, Wi-Fi and a sun garden with shade. Food for breakfast is catered for however guests can dine out and try local eateries such as Argo for amazing seafood with a view, Sphinx restaurant or Koukomavlas and watch the sun go down. Fira is a popular area and the beaches stretch for miles. Guests can laze on a sunbed or venture out and have a look at the Orthodox Metropolitan Cathedral, try the cable car ride, visit the many Art museums in the area or go shopping in Fira centre. more

    Hotel Anatoli Fira

    The Hotel Anatoli is near the centre of the island. The hotel is family oriented; however, all travellers are welcome. The hotel is designed around two complexes, a hotel and a villa. Situated amongst a number of attractions and landmarks, the facility's accommodations are ideal for travellers to Santorini. Rooms are furnished with a TV, en suite bathroom, fridge, and balcony. Guests have access to an outdoor swimming pool, poolside bar, Wi-Fi in communal area, free parking, spa tub, in-room massages, and safe. A free buffet breakfast is served daily at the hotel's on-site restaurant. The restaurant also serves lunch and dinner. There is a snack bar and deli available as well. The Archaeological Museum and Megaro Gyzi are 10-minutes away by foot from the Hotel Anatoli. Museum of Prehistoric Thira is just under one mile away, and Santorini International Airport is roughly three miles from the premises. more

    Hotel Hotel Nomikos Villas Fira

    Where the Aegean Sea embraces the paradise and where your eyes fall in love with the colors, we have created Nomikos Villas Santorini. In one of the most beautiful and peaceful villages of Santorini, Firostefani, and above Caldera’s edge, we have built a complex of studios and apartments that they can offer to every single customer the comfort, the relaxation and the luxury they are looking for. Our mission is your best hospitality. more