Famed for its postcard perfect white buildings, blue domes and equally blue sea, Santorini is one of the Greek Islands’ most popular holiday destinations. Santorini’s main tourist attraction is its natural beauty, including its legendary sunsets. However, there are plenty of things to do, including walking along the caldera from Fira to Oia, visiting the ruins of Akrotiri and Ancient Thera, and marveling at the artefacts in the Museum of Prehistoric Thira and the Archeological Museum. If all the sea air has worked up an appetite, you’re in luck – Satorini’s food is a tourist attraction unto itself. Head for a taverna to sample some traditional Greek cuisine, and be sure to order a range of mezes. Dolmades are stuffed vine leaves, spanakopita is feta and spinach pie, while Greek salad is famed throughout the world. If you choose self-catering Santorini accommodation you can also take advantage of the excellent open air food market in Fira’s central square. Stocking up on fresh, seasonal produce here will you mean you not only save money on dining out, but also get to shop amongst the locals for a true taste of local Santorini life.
When to go to Santorini
Santorini’s tourist season is between April and October, with the summer months of July and August being most popular with visitors. While winter weather in Santorini is not particularly cold, many businesses close. However, this is the best time to time a Santorini holiday if you want to avoid the tourist crowds.
Getting to and around Santorini
Most tourists arrive in Santorini via flights to Santorini (Thira) National Airport, although it’s also possible to travel by ferry. Once in Santorini, transport options include bus, boat and hiring an all terrain vehicle, or ATV.
Where to stay in Santorini
When choosing accommodation in Santorini, villas and apartments make great alternatives to more expensive hotels. Not only will renting your very own self-catering Santorini accommodation save you money, you’ll enjoy superior space, freedom and privacy too. HouseTrip has a range of quality self catering Santorini villas and apartments, from affordable studio apartments suitable for couples through to large, multi-room villas ideal for families and groups of friends. Plus, HouseTrip makes it easy to find and book your Santorini accommodation – you can even do it in as few as six clicks.