Santorini Holidays 2015

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Sizzling Santorini

An island that offers the quintessential idyllic Greek escape, you’ll encounter glorious coastlines, stunning inland landscapes and colourful and vibrant towns throughout your Santorini holidays, exposing you to one of the most fascinating destinations in Greece. Discovering this island will see you discovering the heart and soul of Greece and its culture, with charming villages and towns exposing visitors to the cuisine, friendly welcomes and architecture of the country, wherever you choose to reside on the island.

Miles of rambling landscape and brightly-painted dwellings create a dreamlike vision of this beautiful island, as you stroll through its picturesque cobbled streets, absorbing beautiful sights and authentic flavours. There are so many things to do during your holidays to Santorini, from cultural and historical discovery to beach break indulgence, ensuring endless variety to your holiday, and while Athens sits just a short ferry ride away, you’ll find Santorini is also one of the most accessible Greek islands.

Village Life and Traditions

With a stunning vision of white and blue, the houses of the town in Firostefani provide an endlessly picturesque location to make your base during your time on the island. Modern 5-star hotels and cosy places to stay can be found here, some with the added bonus of an incredible sea view. While the vistas provided by the coast are memorable, often the most striking of views during Santorini holidays are the precariously perched houses climbing up the face of a dramatic cliff. This is the view that will meet those staying in the traditional and authentically-Greek villages of Oia and Fira, peering out over the ocean as a sea of whitewashed splendour.

You’ll always find yourself immersed in that quaint and infectious Greek charm, wherever it is you choose to base yourself in Santorini. 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 your perfect spot to call home during your holidays in Santorini. Those really looking to immerse themselves in culture and history should opt to stay in the beautiful coastal town of Kamari, with accommodation interspersed with Greek ruins and glorious beaches – allowing an ideal balance between discovery and coastal indulgence.

Ruins, Beaches and Food

Stretches of sandy beach seduce sun-worshippers and water sports fans, while charming Greek towns offer delicious dining and lively nightlife opportunities, serving holidaying families and couples after a fulfilling experience of Greece. Santorini’s coastline is understandably a draw for many holidaymakers. Stretches of sun-drenched beaches offer ideal spots for topping up your tan during Santorini holidays, 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 Thera, 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 on your Santorini holidays, before heading back to the sand to work on your tan.

If you’d rather be at the heart of the action during your stay on 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 Ioannis for an authentic glimpse Greek culture on your holidays to Santorini, or simply sit back in a lively bar by the sea and sip on ouzo as the sun sets – that’s cultural too right!?

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.