vacations in Santorini

How to Spend the Best Vacations in Santorini

Santorini or Fira is a picturesque archipelago in the Aegean Sea and in fact, consists of several islands: Tirasia, Nea Kameni, Palea Kameni, Aspronisi. Santorini is a part of the Greek Cyclades and is a very charming island: fabulously beautiful, aristocratic, with amazing landscapes, incredible architecture, and impeccable service. For many years, Santorini has been on the list of the top 50 places around the world that are worth visiting at least once in a lifetime and it’s really worth to visit! If you want to spend the best vacations in Santorini, check below the ultimate travel guide.

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Vacations in Santorini: all you need now

Getting from Athens to Santorini

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ferry to Santorini

There are two main ways to get from Athens to Santorini, by ferry or by airplane. More often, ferry to Santorini is a cheaper way to travel than an airplane, but also a longer one. Traveling by plane lasts about 40 minutes and by ferry from 5 to 8 hours.

Before booking a ferry, be sure to check out the useful travel tips for traveling by ferry in Greece. A properly selected ferry will save you time and make your trip more comfortable.

Since the island is not very big, during the high season it is quite difficult to find a taxi on Santorini, so it is better to book your transfer in advance.

Where to stay in Santorini

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Caldera view Suite with Pr. Pool

Santorini is mostly famous for its magnificent views of the caldera and the unusual black sandy beach. Unfortunately, these two places cannot be combined. So, where is the best area to stay?

On the caldera side, there are mainly luxury hotels with a breathtaking view, but without a beach. Thira and Oia are the most popular areas to stay with a magnificent view from your balcony or room. These places are just perfect for a romantic getaway. Imerovigli village, between Thira and Oia, is also famous for its landscapes.

If you are planning a family vacation in Santorini or just want to relax on a beach, then Kamari, Perissa, and Perivolos areas are the most suitable option for you.

What to do in Santorini

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wine tasting in Santorini

Santorini, even though it is a small island, it does have many things to do and see. Check out below what to do in Santorini during your unforgettable vacation :

  • Sunsets in Oia are a must-see for every trip to Santorini. Sunsets and sunrises are considered the most beautiful in the world and, of course, they are the main attraction.
  • Take a walk along the narrow streets of Oia, with white and blue houses, churches, old mills, and dine in one of the restaurants overlooking the caldera.
  • Visit the archaeological site of Akrotiri, preserved after the eruption of a volcano.
  • Swim and sunbathe on the black and red beaches, the unique visiting cards of the island.
  • Rent a car, ATV or bike and explore the island.
  • Take a walk from Fira to Oia. The distance between the two most beautiful cities is only 10 km, the walk will take you a maximum of 4 hours with amazing views, aromas of dry herbs, cicadas chirping, colorful roadside taverns, and friendly locals.
  • Take a tour of the volcano and hot springs, which are located on a neighboring island and are heated by the volcano itself.
  • Visit one of the wineries. The most famous variety is Vinsanto, which is produced only in Santorini. In addition to wine tasting, you can also visit the wine museum in Kamari.

The best Greek itinerary with Santorini

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black sandy beach

To make your trip richer, you have a great opportunity to combine the trip to Santorini with other Greek islands or/and Athens.

Want to spend the best Santorini vacations? In addition to my tips and tricks, entrust the organization of your holidays to professionals, such as Antelope Travel agency, that will select for you the most convenient and advantageous Santorini Greece Vacation Packages (accommodation, transfers, excursions and etc.)


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Useful Travel Resources

Book Travel Insurance

Booking of travel insurance is the same integral part of every trip, as booking air tickets with accommodation.  You never know when a flight may be canceled or you need medical care in a foreign country. Do you think it is expensive to get travel insurance? Not at all! Just check how affordable this on World Nomads Insurance website…and travel SAFE!

Book Air Tickets

Skyscanner.com  is my leader in finding flights. It compares thousands of routes and providers to find the best deals.  I really love its feature the “cheapest month”, and you can also compare the prices every single day of the month in order to find the cheapest one.

Book Accommodation

Booking.com  is currently the most dynamically developed search engine where you can find not only hotels, but also hostels, apartments, and flats to rent.  According to my personal experience, it has competitive prices and a very convenient search system. I like that on Booking you can find many refundable rates, book your stay without a credit card and even pay on the spot.

Looking for Additional Travel Resources?

Check my Travel Resources page to find the best deals on car rental, booking ferries, trains and other companies that will make your travel more comfortable and pleasant.

This is not a sponsored post. All the websites and companies I have included here are based on my personal travel experiences. Please note that some of these links contain my personal affiliate links, and with no extra cost to you.  I may earn a small commission that helps me run this website and helps me share my adventures and travel tips which can help you.

Hi, I am Katerina, a multinational girl who currently lives in Athens, Greece. From a very young age, I can remember myself involved and surround by tourist activities, and it became a passion of my life.


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