The volcanic island of Santorini on the southern tip of the Cyclades island group is largely regarded as one of the most beautiful spots in Greece. Wildly beautiful and full of rustic charm, the island lies on the edge of a deep blue caldera left behind by an eruption thousands of years ago. Santorini is famous for its trademark whitewashed houses, blue-domed churches and colourful sunsets.
Things to Do
With a cosmopolitan vibe and lively ambience, Santorini's largest town Fira provides a hub of tourist activities but doesn't lose any of its Greek charm. Oia is also popular - located right on the coast, this small fishing village is home to traditional tavernas and is Santorini's premier sunset spot. If you have a head for heights, the cable car between Fira and the old port, situated 260 metres below, offers spectacular views over the caldera.
Food and Drink
Traditional cuisine comprises of feta salads, pork gyros, stuffed vine leaves, fresh seafood and mezze boards. There are a fantastic array of restaurants in the main town of Fira, however you are just as likely to get an exceptional meal in a local taverna anywhere in Santorini. The island has a perfect climate for growing grapes, and therefore produces some of the finest white and dessert wines in all of Greece.
Fira is Santorini's capital and largest town, offering visitors fascinating landmarks, great bars and restaurants and beautiful views of the caldera.
Visit Kamari for a charming blend of old and new Greece with upmarket hotels, a lovely beach and spectacular ocean scenery, made more impressive by the mountain that borders the resort.
Oia is Santorini's most popular town - visitors flock here to snap photos of the famous whitewashed houses and blue-domed churches, and to watch the beautiful sunsets.