Santorini Holidays 2014 - 2015

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Glorious coastlines, beautiful backdrops and vibrant towns – Santorini has it all. Discover this island and you’ll find a truly unique place with a spectacular setting to fall in love with.

Miles of rambling landscape and brightly painted dwellings create a dreamlike vision of this beautiful Greek island. Stroll through its picturesque cobbled streets, taking in beautiful sights and authentic flavours. If you’re a fan of Santorini’s beautiful scenery, you’ll equally enjoy Crete’s waterside setting.

Jagged cliff faces scale Santorini’s perimeter, providing countless opportunities for outdoor activities, with just a short ferry ride away to the bustling ancient city of Athens. Stretches of sandy beach seduce sun-worshippers and water sports fans, while charming Greek towns offer delicious dining and lively nightlife opportunities – offering ideal places to explore on your holidays to Santorini.

Greek Chic

With a stunning vision of white and blue, the houses of the town in Firostefani provide an endlessly picturesque location to make your base on your holidays to Santorini. Modern 5-star hotels and cosy places to stay can be found here, some with the added bonus of an incredible sea view. Whether you’re looking for secluded charm and idyllic locations or black-pebbled beaches and plenty of things to do for the family, you’ll find somewhere to suit on your Santorini holidays.

Those looking to infuse holidays in Santorini with culture and history should opt to stay in the beautiful coastal town of Kamari, with hotel complexes interspersed with Greek ruins and glorious beaches.

An Enchanting Island

Santorini’s coastline is understandably a draw for many holidaymakers. Stretches of sun-drenched beaches offer ideal spots for topping up your tan, as well as snorkelling, scuba-diving and many other water sports. Revel in the beauty of the coastline with a day cruise along the island’s littoral towns, taking in the spectacular beaches of the small resort of Oia on your way and catching a glimpse of Ios.

If you can drag yourself away from lazing on the beach, Santorini’s historical attractions are well worth a visit. As well as the fascinating Ancient Thira, the beautiful Minoan city ruins of Akrotiri make for an incredible insight into the island’s past, excavated from three stories of volcanic ash – a must-visit for your Santorini holidays.

Greece is iconic for its mouth-watering cuisine and Santorini is no exception. As the sun sets, traditional restaurants throw open their doors to hungry travellers and locals alike, serving up sumptuous freshly-caught seafood and delicious delicacies. Fira offers up some great tavernas to sit back and devour Greek’s finest – from fresh local cherry tomatoes to intoxicating sweet wine made in the region.

If you’d rather be at the heart of the action on your holidays to Santorini, you’ll love the many festivals that occur throughout the area. Amass with the colour of vivid blooms and extravagant street processions; the island becomes a hub of celebration during these times. Take a trip to the small town of Monolithos at the end of July to witness the festival of Agios Iannis for an authentic glimpse at Santorini’s culture.

Important Information

Travel Information
Language: Greek (English widely spokent)
Currency: Euro
Local time: GMT/BST +2 hours
Local airport: Santorini (Thira) National Airport
Flight time: 3 hours 30 minutes

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Beaches

Santorini is a fantastic island for beach lovers. Top picks include Red Beach, set against dramatic black and red volcanic cliffs, which create the unique black and red sand. More of a traditional choice, Monolithos Beach is small and friendly and has good facilities and shaded areas. Cape Columba is a choice for explorers; a rocky cove that makes for a fascinating place to walk.

Attractions

The unusual sand of Santorini’s beaches makes them a memorable choice for beach fans. As well as tremendous natural beauty, beach life on the island is well-maintained with good facilities to ensure you can spend as much time there as possible. Many of the beaches are lined with tavernas and cafes, and several offer a variety of exciting water sports.

Beach Activities

With the perfect beach weather, sunbathing is the first port of call on holidays to Santorini. The red and black sand beaches, though striking, are not the most comfortable to lie on, although sun beds are provided free of charge. The attractive blue waters are popular with water sports fans; try your hand at scuba diving, surfing or windsurfing.

Seafront Stays

Hermes Hotel Santorini is a resort complex just 200 metres from the popular Kamari beach, as well as the area's excellent amenities. The hotel offers a large swimming pool, Jacuzzi, restaurant, bar and cafe. The 39 guestrooms are traditionally Greek and enjoy private balconies or terraces overlooking the crystalline ocean.