Santorini's extraordinary shape can be traced back to around 1,600 BC when a massive volcanic explosion blew out the middle of the island, creating an impressive sea-filled crater, thus resulting in Santorini’s position at the edge of the extinct volcano. A boat trip along the coast gives you a fantastic understanding of just how unique the island is. It is partly this reason why the island is popular with cruise ships as it offers passengers a fantastic view on the approach, as well as a host of unusual black, red and white beaches, shops and historic attractions.
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Instantly recognisable, Santorini’s stunning capital, Fira, cascades over the striking caldera edge. A multi-coloured hub of activity with a sophisticated and cosmopolitan atmosphere, Fira’s narrow streets boast an eclectic selection of restaurants and shops - including many that sell artisan crafts, high-end jewellery, local wines and, of course, plenty of souvenirs. For the ultimate thrill and breathtaking views, take the fabulous cable car ride down three-hundred metres of solidified volcanic rock face to the old port.
Culture and History
Giving a true taste of traditional Santorini, the pretty village of Oia is characterised by converted peasant houses that sit on the very edge of the crater and traditional cave houses set into the cliffs, whilst the inland town of Pyrgos, boasts winding streets that lead up to a fascinating Venetian Castle, from which you can enjoy dazzling panoramic views. Don't miss Akrotiri, arguably the most important archaeological site in the Cyclades; after a volcanic eruption, the ancient Minoan city was buried beneath lava in 1600 BC - luckily the volcanic material preserved the buildings and their contents.
Synonymous with romance, nowhere is quite like Santorini for a couple’s getaway. Stroll along the unique volcanic beaches hand-in-hand, or explore the quaint towns and traditional villages, before stopping for a chilled glass of crisp Greek wine as you gaze together over the iconic Santorini sunset. Taste delicious, local cuisine in a taverna beside the sea, before heading back to your luxury hotel for a cocktail beneath the stars. For the ultimate show of romance, say “I do” on the island; wedding services are available at a number of our luxury Santorini hotels.
Take a scenic boat trip from the old port at Fira, around the deep-blue caldera, to the tiny uninhabited black volcanic islet of Palea Kameni, where strong swimmers can leave the boat and swim, over hot springs, to the therapeutic mud. Meanwhile, why not tackle the volcanic crater at Nea Kameni, a mesmerizing national park, for views of Santorini that will truly take your breath away? On the opposite side of the caldera, the traditional island of Thirassia has several seafood tavernas also affording fine views, whilst east of Santorini, the unspoilt island of Anafi can be easily reached by ferry.
When in beautiful Greece, be sure to sample the country’s mouthwatering and flavoursome cuisine. From traditional tavernas, inimitably fresh seafood restaurants and fine dining spots, the quantity of choice in Santorini is matched by the food’s exceptional quality. The island also produces some of Greece's best white wines, and several vineyards, including Santo Wines and Boutari, both near Pyrgos, are open to the public for wine-tasting sessions and tours.
Via Athens with Emirates from Dubai to Santorini.
Via Athens with Etihad Airways from Abu Dhabi to Santorini.
Via Athens with Qatar Airways from Doha to Santorini.
From Dubai to Santorini: 7 hours, 25 minutes.
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