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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

Alta Vista Suites
Alta Vista Suites
5 out of 5
Imerovigli, Santorini, Santorini Island
The price is CA $343 per night from May 15 to May 16

Situated in Santorini, this spa guesthouse is within a 5-minute walk of Aegean Islands and Santorini Caldera. Skaros Rock and Old Port are also within 2 mi (3 ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (163 reviews)
Perfect location!

"We stayed in the love suite which was huge! We were welcomed with a glass of champagne and took in the breathtaking views! Great location and a short walk to Fira and Imerovigli, but would need a taxi to Oia. As with all of this side of santorini, lots of steps up and down to our suite but some very ..."…"

Reviewed on Sep. 28, 2020

Alta Vista Suites
White Pearl Cavalieri - Adults Only
White Pearl Cavalieri - Adults Only
3.5 out of 5
Imerovigli, Santorini, Santorini
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Located in the heart of Santorini, this hotel is steps from Aegean Islands and Santorini Caldera. Oia Castle is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) away.

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Memories Beach Hotel
Memories Beach Hotel
3.5 out of 5
Monolithos, Santorini, Santorini Island
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Nestled on the beach, this Santorini hotel is just steps from Aegean Islands and Monolithos Beach. Kamari Beach is 2.5 mi (4.1 km) away.

4.6/5Wonderful! (176 reviews)

"Amazing staff! The best service ever had, would highly recommend this place for a relaxed side of the island. The hotel is neat and modern, the pool and all the facilities are in good conditions and again the service goes beyond. Thanks for the hospitality!"…"

Reviewed on Sep. 7, 2020

Memories Beach Hotel
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Impressive One
Impressive One
4 out of 5
Pyrgos, Santorini

Situated in Santorini, this apartment building is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Venetsanos Winery and 2.5 mi (4 km) from Museum of Prehistoric Thira. Ancient Akrotiri ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (149 reviews)

"Highly recommended. Clean, modern room, short walking distance to 2 wineries. Excellent breakfast."…"

Reviewed on Sep. 22, 2020

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Dana Villas & Infinity Suites
Dana Villas & Infinity Suites
4 out of 5
Firostefani, Santorini, Santorini Island
The price is CA $267 per night from May 16 to May 17

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. Red ...

4.4/5Excellent! (371 reviews)
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"Firstly I want to say that I did really enjoy my stay here, how could you not with that view? There’s just a few things I would mention that people should be aware of before they book. So this is the most I have ever spent (per night) on a hotel, I’m a strong believer that you don’t have to pay mega ..."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 1, 2020

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Kasimatis by La Perla
Kasimatis by La Perla
4 out of 5
Imerovigli, Santorini, Santorini Island
The price is CA $277 per night from May 6 to May 7

Situated in Santorini, this aparthotel is steps from Aegean Islands and Santorini Caldera. Skaros Rock and Old Port are also within 3 mi (5 km).

4.4/5Wonderful! (73 reviews)
Great Experience

"Courteous and Helpful staff Beautiful view, nice accommodations and excellent breakfast"…"

Reviewed on Nov. 7, 2019

Kasimatis by La Perla
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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