A panoramic vista of white-washed buildings and volcanic beaches, Santorini’s stunning coastline is as idyllic as it is fashionable. A regular holiday island for celebrities and stylish millennials, this Grecian jewel in the Aegean is the ideal travel location, combining elegance and sophistication amidst the grandeur of natural beauty that has made this iconic location an enviable destination.
Famous for its volcanic beaches, Santorini’s gleaming pebbled coves and sandy inlets are ideal for sunbaking. Relax on the beautiful Kamari or Perissa beaches, or enjoy the crystal waters of Amoudi Bay before cliff jumping off the Isle of St Nicholas.
Take a cruise with Captain Teddy at Santorini Sailing – rated highly on Trip Advisor, this will be sure to fill up quickly so book in advance. Two cruises run each day, morning and afternoon. Or, enjoy the high life by helicopter to take in the aspect of the entire island.
For a cultural experience, explore an archaeological excavation site like Akrotiri, an ancient city buried by volcanic eruption in 1700BC. For €5 you can explore the expansive visitor-friendly historical site – or hire a tour guide for a complete history.
Get active by hiking between the two main towns of Oia and Fira or taking a guided tour to the New Volcano. Finish the adventure with a dip in the natural hot springs of luxurious Nea Kameni.
Shop Oia’s many independent souvenir boutiques, where beautiful white and blue pottery and hand-painted pictures will be the perfect memento of your trip. These local stores also sell gorgeous pendants and bracelets reminiscent of Greek myth featuring mati – a symbol of protection.
Wine and Dine
For the freshest seafood on the island eat right on the coast at one of the Fish Tavern Restaurants on Amoudi Bay and watch the yachts and fishing boats milling through the Aegean. In Oia, visit Pito Gyros for the iconic souvlaki before visiting Santo Wines – arguably the best winery on the island, cultivated locally.
For another traditional experience, visit The Good Heart for a superb moussaka, or dine at Aktaion – established in 1922 and one of the oldest tavernas on Santorini, the restaurant is managed by the third generation of the Roussos family.
The island has no shortage of spots for romantic sunset dinners, but our personal favourites are Kapari Santorini and Lycabettus. The immersive experience of Kapari is unrivalled, with their resort-style oasis and majestic views of the caldera that highlight a complete Mediterranean menu. Lycabettus’ gravity-defying terrace highlights the limitless expanse of the sea, and their fresh authentic food and wines are pared immaculately.
The ultimate night out on the island is Franco’s in Fira – this cult classic bar whose popular appeal has made it famous is a must for the modern traveller.
For jazz, Latin and blues swing by Kira Thira, the oldest bar in town and a vaulted building where sangria is the house specialty and live music occasionally takes the stage. Almost as venerable is Enigma, another exclusive locale with a barrel-vaulted main hall and outdoor bar vibing beneath a palm tree.