Breathtaking Santorini is one of the many Cycladic islands. It has grown into one of the most popular and enchanting of all the Greek Islands, with its iconic caldera and cliff-clinging whitewashed villages, which overlook the still-smouldering volcano across the expanse of the most stunning blue waters.
The prettiest and most dramatic places to stay are those hillside hotels and hip hideaways with caldera views and truly spectacular sunsets. Ancient cave dwellings have undergone a facelift and now sparkle with simple, all-white interiors. Fira is the capital, with its winding streets and hillside steps, dotted with shops, bars, the odd nightclub and superb restaurants.
The best time to head for Santorini is spring and autumn when the weather isn’t quite so hot and the cruise ships are fewer. It’s still lovely and warm and the locals love September, it’s their favourite month. My favourite month has to be June, hot enough for days by the pool and yet still fresh enough for days of discovery.
The most popular beaches are Monolithos and Kamari. There are also lots of other beaches dotted on little satellite island off Santorini.
If you are up for a little adventure, grab the cable-car from Fira’s town centre. The cable car climbs from the volcano and floats down 300 metres, past extraordinary solidified lava flows and rock formations. It really is spectacular and well worth the effort.
Go inland and Santorini is dotted with vineyards and traditional white-washed villages that let you see a little of the real island. Don’t forget to sample a glass of Vinsanto, the fabulous sweet wine produced on the island. It’s said it tastes like the sun. Everyone always talks about Oia (pronounced Eee-yah) & Imerovigli when you mention Santorini and both are popular with both A-listers and mere mortals alike!
Santorini, with its huge allure, is instantly recognisable with its dazzling panoramas, honeymoon worthy sunsets and volcanic-sand beaches. There’s no wonder it’s the island on so many travellers’ bucket lists.