Holidays Packages to Santorini Greece
Santorini owes its spectacular crescent shape to an enormous volcanic explosion, which blasted the once single island into many islands within the Cyclades. Fira (the capital of Santorini) is located on the west side of the island. Apart from the quaint cobbled streets and superb views, Fira offers travellers several notable museums, a lively nightlife and great dining options. During the peak season, Fira can become crowded. Nevertheless, the town is still worth a visit.
What many call Santorini's most charming town, Oia, is a must-visit for guests to the island. Well known for its colourful houses clinging to an almost sheer cliff, Oia is just right for catching a stunning Santorini sunset and capturing a few vibrant pictures. Oia also boasts historical sites including Byzantine castle ruins.
With its distinctively relaxed atmosphere, the picturesque town of Kamari provides an excellent alternative to the hustle and bustle of larger centres like Fira. Best-known for its long stretches of black-sand beaches, a remnant of the island's volcanic history, Kamari is the perfect place for travellers wanting a slower pace on Santorini holidays.
Vothonas has some of the most interesting examples of early Greek architecture, as the village was carved from the mountainous ravine rock. Walking through the tangled pathways, visitors can admire the ornate detail of the houses, from engraved doorways to perfectly domed rooftops. Only four kilometres from Fira, Vothonas draws few crowds and is sparsely inhabited, allowing visitors to enjoy the town in relative peace.
Locals refer to the two small volcanic islands as Palea Kameni and Nea Kameni. Tours depart from the mainland for both islands daily, allowing travellers to set foot on these landmarks. Visitors to Palea Kameni should remember to pack bathing suits as the island has a famous hot spring, which can be enjoyed by all.
For the best views of the entire island, visitors should head to the town of Pyrgos. Santorini's highest point, Pyrgos is steeped in history and is home to many beautiful religious buildings including a wonderfully decorated monastery at the top of the hill.