Holidays to Santorini offer volcanic beaches, spectacular sunsets and gorgeous food.

Where is Santorini?

Santorini is a volcanic island in Greece, about 200 kilometres south of the mainland. It’s one of the Cyclades islands.

Fiery origins

Santorini was born when a volcano in the South Aegean erupted and crumbled into the sea. It’s a rugged island of clifftops and pebbly beaches, with jaw-dropping views that are well worth the climb. It’s no wonder it’s such a popular destination for travellers.

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The capital of Santorini, Thira, is picture-perfect. Its houses and churches are sugar-cube white, topped off with blue domes that match the sea below. One of the best places to catch a Santorini sunset is the small village of Oia, which is perched on the crater’s edge in the north of the island.

Sun-soaked Santorini

Santorini has classic Greek summers – long, hot and dry. The weather warms up in April, with an average temperature of 19°C. July and August are hottest, with an average of 28°C. But if you don’t fancy a peak-season holiday, temperatures tend to stay up in the 20s into October.

If you’re a beach-lover, head to the east coast for Santorini’s characteristic black-sand beaches. Kamari is perfect for sunbathing and enjoying the local seafood dishes at restaurants along the coast. Watersports enthusiasts will be set at nearby Perissa. The water’s mild and crystal clear – perfect for a dip

At a Glance

  • Grab a picnic and watch the sunset from Oia
  • Sip cocktails on an open-air terrace in Thira
  • Kick back on the black and grey sands in Kamari

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