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The rocky islands of the Santorini archipelago were formed thousands of years ago after one of the largest volcanic eruptions in history. In the ensuing centuries, Santorini played a vital role in the development of Greek and Minoan culture. Today, with its breathtaking scenery and charming whitewashed villages, Santorini is a naturally romantic vacation mecca. Modern attractions include a burgeoning wine industry, excellent restaurants, and water sports, all set against the shimmering, turquoise backdrop of the Aegean Sea. On an island with such fascinating history, the past and present work together to create an unforgettable vacation destination.
If you’re spending several days in Greece, consider visiting other islands before or after staying in Santorini. Mykonos and Crete are two popular destinations. Private boats and public ferries can whisk you around the Aegean Sea.
They may be obscure, but Santorini’s wineries are internationally renowned. Winemakers swear by the island’s volcanic soil, which infuses unique flavors and characteristics into indigenous grapes such as assyrtiko and mantilaria.
While Santorini’s beaches are mainly dark and rocky, they’re still excellent for sunbathing and swimming. Red Beach, Kamari, and Perissa are among the most popular. Most beaches are found on the eastern coast.
“Charming” doesn’t do justice to this esteemed independent bookstore. A group of expats have operated the shop for more than a decade, offering an eclectic selection of tomes, literary events, and a film festival.
There are several dive shops on the island offering scuba equipment and excursions to view the island’s marine life and landscapes. Other vendors rent out snorkeling gear, paddleboards, kayaks, and more.
The ancient town of Akrotiri was buried under volcanic ash for centuries before being excavated in 1967. Its shockingly well-preserved ruins include colorful frescoes and other artwork. Take a tour and travel back in time.
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Santorini is essentially one giant hill, so expect to climb lots of stairs and steep inclines as you explore. The workout is worth it when you reach the summit and your view extends for miles. For an easier option, take the cable car up from the port into Thira.
Fira is Santorini’s main town and is where those postcard-perfect scenes of whitewashed buildings are photographed. Oia (pronounced “EE-ah”) is the other main town, offering the same charm without the crowds. Other villages are small, quaint, and full of history.
Santorini is among Europe’s ritziest holiday destinations – which also makes it one of the most expensive. Drinks, food, and activities can cost twice as much here as on other islands. Venture into smaller villages, away from crowds, for less pricey options.
The island’s official name is Thira or, historically, Thera. Today, visitors and many locals call it Santorini. The main town is Fira, which is also called – you guessed it – Thira or Thera. The archipelago in which the island is located is also called Santorini.
Expect pleasant weather and warm temperatures from April to October, the dry season. From November to March, the island is cooler and rainier, but overall, Santorini enjoys a mild and sunny climate year-round. The island is known to be windy at times, especially during the summer.
Google Maps satellite images are not always up-to-date, especially in non-U.S. destinations. Some Inspirato accommodations are located in developments built after images were last updated. Our pin placements represent our best location estimates, but actual locations may vary.