Like something out of a Matisse original, Santorini makes the Greek landscape scream with colour. If you didn’t know better, you might think you were in the middle of an ABBA-themed film while you’re visiting – after all, the blue rooftops and killer views featured in Mamma Mia! are all present and accounted for on the island. Of course, travellers from around the world have been heading to Santorini (aka Thira) long before Meryl Streep broke into song on a dock. Considering the mighty cliffs and domed architecture, we can’t blame them. At Wotif, we suggest you sort Santorini accommodation by proximity to fine wine, but it’s up to you.
Things to Do in Santorini
When you’re not busy texting envy-inducing photos to your mates back home, there is plenty to do on your Santorini holidays. Write your name in the sand at Kamari Beach, tour the Ancient Thira site and visit the Santo Winery. If you tackle the Fira to Oia hike, and we think you should, you’ll be rewarded with spectacular panoramas of the caldera and coast. Restaurants line the Amoudi Bay, so follow your taste buds to this pocket-size port and sink your teeth into the catch of the day.
Getting To & Around Santorini
Most flights to Santorini will deliver you not to the island, but rather Athens International Airport (ATH). After an obligatory selfie in front of the Parthenon, head to Piraeus. A ferry will then transport you from mainland Greece to the island of Santorini. Depending on the ferry, this journey will take between five and 10 hours—so bring your latest book club selection. Want to start your island getaway sooner than later? In that case, just hop aboard a 45-minute flight from Athens to Santorini (Thira) National Airport (JTR). Once you’re safely settled into island life, there are a few ways to get around. Lots of hotels in Santorini put beaches, eateries and stores within easy walking distance. When your footsies get tired, you can also hail a cab or ride the bus.
Best Time to Visit Santorini
Santorini is beautiful year-round. From June through August, the weather becomes bright and sunny, so you’ll be rubbing plenty of elbows with lots of other travellers if you visit the island in the summer. From beachfront shindigs to parties at Santorini hotels, this is the season for cutting loose and snapping those perfect pictures. If you visit from September to October, you’ll find cooler weather and less competition for accommodation in Santorini, but the Aegean Sea lapping at your ankles will still be warm, and the temperatures are plenty comfortable. While some establishments may close at the end of October for winter holiday, you can still find plenty to do in Santorini during the fall.
Hey, it’s always a good time to book your next holiday in Santorini, especially with Wotif. Whether you’re trying to track down accommodation near Monolithos Beach or have your heart set on staying in Fira, we can hook you up with the travel deal of a lifetime. Mix and match your airfare and accommodation and create a holiday you won’t forget at a price that won’t make you cringe!