Introducing the city

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One-way ticket £1.76 | 2.00 €

Beer £3.52 | 4.00 €

Main Course £13.19 | 15.00 €

About Santorini

Wiped out in the 16th century by a volcanic eruption, Santorini has risen from the ashes and today is full of serene beaches, dramatic cliffs, hilltop bars plus one of the world's most famous sunsets.

If Valentine’s Day is circled on your calendar, then Santorini should probably be next on your holiday hit-list. Ever popular with wealthy honeymooners, this crescent-shaped volcanic island offers some of the world’s best sunset views and more photo ops than a BAFTA after party.

It’s not all loved up couples though; beyond the white-washed stone of hillside Oia town (full of sundowner bars and romantic restaurants) lies plenty of lively clubs and quiet beaches. Fira (or Thera), the largest town, has plenty on offer – including the Museum of Prehistoric Thera or the Cathedral of St. John. Night owls should head to one of the cliffside clubs for cheap drinks or popular Tango Bar in town for acclaimed all-nighters.

The ever-present volcano, which lies to the west of the main island, is walkable – hop on a boat and climb up the (dormant) ashy terrain for great panoramas of the island. If you prefer your days more horizontal, then the postcard-perfect black sand beaches to the east of the island are full of waterfront bars and chillout cafes - Perissa is a good spot. With views this beautiful (and beers so cheap) who cares if you’re a lone ranger?

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When Should You Visit?

September and October are still very warm; you can still swim in the sea and you’ll avoid the summer crowds.

Santorini enjoys a semi-desert Mediterranean climate, with warm to very hot summers and mild winters. The hottest month is July, with an average temperature of 26 degrees Celsius, the coolest is January at 12 degrees Celsius; the wettest month is December. Summers can get particularly hot; take adequate sun protection.

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Travioor top tips

Eat Local
Best Beaches
Use Buses

Insider Info

  • If you’re looking to chow down on a budget, head inland, away from the expensive cliffside restaurants. You’ll find budget-friendly tavernas (and probably eat next to the locals).

  • Try going east to Perissa or Kamari for better beaches and budget friendly hotels.

  • Ditch expensive taxi rides and use the island bus service.

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Food and drink

Main Course £13.19 | 15.00 €

3-Course Meal £35.16 | 40.00 €

Cappuccino £2.86 | 3.25 €

Beer £3.52 | 4.00 €

The Scene

Food is a big part of daily life in Greece, with families often enjoying long lazy meals together. Thanks to the layers of volcanic ash, the island is renowed for having incredibly rich soil – prized produce includes fava, capers, cherry tomatoes and white aubergines. Popular side dishes are fava me koukia (mashed fava beans), tomato gefthedes (tomato fritters) and saganaki (fried filo pastry covered in honey). Other staples include olive oil dressed Greek salad, gyros (meat, salad and tzatziki wrapped in a flatbread) and koftas (ground meat kebabs). For a tipple try locally produced Santorini wine or a shot of raki, the (in)famous digestif.

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History

Santorini’s Story

Santorini has an ancient history and was home to a developed Bronze Age civilization from 3000 to 2000 BC. Around 1500 BC one of the worst volcanic eruptions ever recorded devastated the island, with the resulting ash and magma covering the town and mummifying its residents. The eruption gave the caldera its distinctive crescent shape that still exists today.

During the medieval era, the island was frequently inhabited; by the Phoenicians, the Dorians, the Romans, the Byzantines and finally the Ottoman Empire in 1579. Santorini was united with Greece in 1830 and remained peaceful until World War II when it was occupied by the Italians and then the Germans. The latter half of the 20th century has been far more stable for Santorini and it continues to be one of the world’s most visited islands.

Language

Yasu | Hello
Efharistó | Thank you

Greek

Like all of the islands, Greek is the official language on Santorini. Tourist attractions and guides will be in multiple languages, however not all Greeks will be able to understand English. The following phrases may be useful:

  • Please: Parakaló
  • Excuse me: Signomi
  • Do you speak English?: Miláte angliká?

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Need to know

+30 Dialling Code
112 Emergency Services

Get The Low-Down

  • If you’re looking for the obligatory sunset photo from a bar then you’ll need to reserve a table a day in advance (specifically in Oia).
  • Book hotels as early as possible, they book up quickly and cheap options are few.
  • Avoid tourist traps like donkey rides from the ferry and overpriced carriage tours - neither are worth the cost.  

 

VISA INFORMATION

Find out about the visa requirements for Greece here.

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Travioor Recommends

1. The Sunsets

Watch the sunset. Yes it’s cliché, but it’s also frequently named the best sunset on earth; try Imerovigli for uninterrupted vistas.

2. Volcano By Boat

Climb the volcano – you can reach it by boat (many of the tours also stop at the geothermal mud springs).

3. Nightlife

Party at one of the several night spots along Perissa Beach or at one of the bigger, cliffside clubs in Fira.

4. Archaeology

Discover ancient treasures at the Akrotiri Archaeological Site and the Museum of Prehistoric Thera.

5. Beaches

Relax! Although there’s plenty to see, Santorini is predominantly a holiday hotspot; grab a local Mythos (beer) and hit the sun lounger.


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