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Santorini

Travel Guide
Firá featuring general coastal views and a coastal town

Blissful weather and postcard-perfect villages atop soaring cliffs: This Greek island is a scenic spot for a peaceful getaway.

Santorini perfectly illustrates why tourists adore the Greek islands. The vivid hues of the sea and sky are awe-inspiring, the climate is consistently warm and the atmosphere is unhurried. 


The island may be tranquil today, but its beginnings were very different. A massive volcanic explosion occurred about 3,600 years ago. This “Minoan eruption” formed the crescent-shaped basin, or caldera, now recognized as Santorini. The island gets its name from the 13th-century Venetians, who dedicated it to Saint Irene. In 1956, Santorini was devastated by a major earthquake and much of its ancient architecture was destroyed. However, rebuilding has been considerate of historic style.

Firá is Santorini’s capital; it’s a major port of call for cruise ships, and one of the best spots for food and nightlife. Picturesque Oia is one of Santorini’s oldest villages. Based at the north tip of the island, Oia is the perfect place to snap pictures of Greece’s iconic whitewashed houses. The spectacular sunsets here have inspired many an artist. In the village of Pyrgos you will see blue-domed churches, old-fashioned tavernas and houses, and a castle dating back to the 15th century.

There are plenty of beaches to visit on Santorini. For comfortable sunbathing, head for the black-sand strips of Perivolos or Perissa. Mesa Pigadia and Pori are good spots to see dramatic rocky coastline.

Santorini’s climate is pleasant throughout the year. Its average daytime temperature is 84 F (29 C) in the summer and 59 F (15 C) in winter. Parts of the island are heavily frequented by tourists in the peak season of summer.

Santorini is served by an airport located on the east side of the island. A decent road network links most major sites. Because Santorini is so small, it’s possible to see most of it affordably by rental car or taxi.

Where to stay in Santorini

De Sol Spa Hotel
De Sol Spa Hotel
5 out of 5
Fira, Santorini, Santorini Island
The price is CA $299 per night from Aug 8 to Aug 8
Situated near the airport, this luxury hotel is steps from Aegean Islands and Santorini Caldera. Athinios Port and Old Port are also within 3 mi (5 km).
4.6/5Wonderful! (292 reviews)
"I am so in love with this Hotel because the staff is so amazing! The girls that work at the desk are more than accommodating. The woman who runs the room service is amazing!! They are super nice and always have a smile on their face. I stayed one night and ended up staying another day. I’ve felt ..."

Reviewed on Jul. 28, 2021

De Sol Spa Hotel
Aressana Spa Hotel and Suites
Aressana Spa Hotel and Suites
4 out of 5
Fira, Santorini, Santorini Island
The price is CA $443 per night from Aug 28 to Aug 28
This family-friendly Santorini hotel is located on the boardwalk, just steps from Aegean Islands and Santorini Caldera. Old Port and Skaros Rock are also within ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (333 reviews)
"This was the perfect boutique hotel! The property was unique and the perfect size without being too “authentic”"

Reviewed on Jul. 28, 2021

Aressana Spa Hotel and Suites
Ducato di Oia
Ducato di Oia
4 out of 5
Oia Village, Santorini
The price is CA $392 per night from Aug 22 to Aug 22
Situated near the beach, this hotel is steps from Aegean Islands, Santorini Caldera, and Oia Castle. Maritime Museum and Naval Museum are also within 5 ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (64 reviews)
"Perfect stay, room exceeded expectations with stunning views & privacy from balcony hot tub. Staff were always available to help with every need. Hotel is in a perfect location, close to everything in Oia. Would strongly recommend & return ourselves."

Reviewed on Jul. 20, 2021

Ducato di Oia
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Luxus VIP Suites
Luxus VIP Suites
3.5 out of 5
Oia, Saorini, Santorini, Cyclades
The price is CA $509 per night from Sep 1 to Sep 1
Situated in Santorini, this vacation home is within a 5-minute walk of Aegean Islands, Santorini Caldera, and Oia Castle. Panagia Platsani and Naval Museum are ...
5/5Exceptional! (5 reviews)
"Perfect location with a beautiful view, super clean, amazing hosts!"

Reviewed on Aug. 2, 2021

Luxus VIP Suites
Dana Villas & Infinity Suites
Dana Villas & Infinity Suites
4 out of 5
Firostefani, Santorini, Santorini Island
The price is CA $563 per night from Aug 19 to Aug 19
Located in the heart of Santorini, this spa aparthotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Santorini Caldera and within 9 mi (15 km) of Oia Castle and Ancient Thira. Perivolos ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (374 reviews)
"The views were amazing , the food was great and surrounding was good , but the stairs were crazy lol . The best stairs to make you think twice about going into town lol."

Reviewed on Jul. 26, 2021

Dana Villas & Infinity Suites
Amaya Selection of Villas
Amaya Selection of Villas
3.5 out of 5
Oia city, Santorini, Santorini Island
The price is CA $620 per night from Aug 23 to Aug 23
Situated near the beach, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Aegean Islands, Santorini Caldera, and Oia Castle. Panagia Platsani and The Famous ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (90 reviews)
"Wow, where do I even begin? This was the perfect stay for our honeymoon. Everything was perfect and exactly what we had hoped for! The location was perfect, right in the midst of everything you need but yet quiet and peaceful. And the view from our room… you cannot beat that view! The room was immaculate, ..."

Reviewed on Jul. 23, 2021

Amaya Selection of Villas
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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