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.

On the Cliff
On the Cliff
4 out of 5
Fira, Santorini, Santorini Island
The price is CA $138 per night from Jan 28 to Jan 29
Located in the heart of Santorini, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Aegean Islands and Santorini Caldera. Skaros Rock is 1.3 mi (2.2 km) away.
4/5 Very Good! (127 reviews)
"Excellent location with beautiful views. The staff were so helpful and all around excellent."

Reviewed on Jan. 17, 2022

On the Cliff
Hotel Sunny Villas
Hotel Sunny Villas
4 out of 5
Imerovigli, Santorini, Santorini Island
Situated in Santorini, this romantic hotel is steps from Aegean Islands and Santorini Caldera. Skaros Rock is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) away.
4.7/5 Exceptional! (556 reviews)
"nice location, and excellent staff service"

Reviewed on Nov. 4, 2021

Hotel Sunny Villas
Ducato di Oia
Ducato di Oia
4 out of 5
Oia Village, Santorini
The price is CA $143 per night from Jan 22 to Jan 23
Situated near the beach, this hotel is steps from Aegean Islands, Santorini Caldera, and Oia Castle. Amoudi Bay is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) away.
4.5/5 Wonderful! (84 reviews)
"The hotel was amazing, beautiful scenery, a quiet slice of paradise with the most amazing hospitality and personnel!"

Reviewed on Jan. 14, 2022

Ducato di Oia
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Alexander's Suites
Alexander's Suites
4 out of 5
Oia, Santorini, Santorini Island
The price is CA $150 per night from Jan 23 to Jan 24
Situated in the entertainment district, this romantic aparthotel is steps from Aegean Islands and Santorini Caldera. Oia Castle and Amoudi Bay are also within ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (519 reviews)
"I went during Christmas, and the management was very nice and explained the restaurant that is open in Oia during off season, with directions on the map and answered all questions about bus timings. The location has a bus stop."

Reviewed on Jan. 4, 2022

Alexander's Suites
Enigma Suites
Enigma Suites
4 out of 5
Fira, Santorini
Situated in Santorini, this aparthotel is steps from Aegean Islands and Santorini Caldera. Skaros Rock is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) away.
5/5 Exceptional! (60 reviews)
"The Enigma Suites team was phenomenal! From helping to set up airport transfers to daily hand-delivered customized breakfasts to organizing daily outings reservations and other suggestions our experience was second to none. The stunning views are complemented well by the attentive professional mask ..."

Reviewed on Sep. 27, 2021

Enigma Suites
Dana Villas & Infinity Suites
Dana Villas & Infinity Suites
4 out of 5
Firostefani, Santorini, Santorini Island
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 ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (394 reviews)
"This hotel is everything and more. I cannot begin to describe the friendliness of the staff, their communication with us throughout our trip, paying attention to every detail. The room was so clean with turndown service every night. They were willing at all times to make our stay as enjoyable as ..."

Reviewed on Nov. 22, 2021

Dana Villas & Infinity Suites
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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