Santorini Island Greece Hotels
The stunning island of Santorini is a holidaymaker's dream with black sand beaches, incredible sea views, significant historic sites and a laidback vibe. Those looking for hotels in Santorini can look through the best options, as showcased here on Hotels.com. As Greek travel experts, Hotels.com offers a varied and large choice of Santorini hotels from family-friendly options, modern hotels with business facilities and small independent options. Our choice of Santorini hotels also includes beach-side accommodation, village hotels and larger city options. With Hotels.com you can also book in advance with our simple booking system, leaving you ready to organise your Santorini itinerary.
What's Santorini Like?
Even if you've never been to Santorini, you'll have seen a picture of it. Frequently depicted on Greek travel posters for its white-washed, blue roofed buildings, the island is the epitome of Greek architecture and beauty. Far from the package holiday crowds found on Rhodes, Crete and Zakynthos, Santorini is a less travelled, more beautiful option than most of the large Greek islands. Highlights include the capital city of Fira, the most bustling place on Santorini with its winding roads and cliff top restaurants. The magnificently conserved ancient Minoan site of Akrotiri on the south of the island dates back to the 17th century BC. Further highlights include taking a hike from Fira to nearby Oia, this three mile hike takes in some of the islands most spectacular views. Time your journey to arrive in Oia before dusk so you can catch one of the world's most famous sunsets. On the east of the island are the best beaches which range from volcanic black to red sand. As well as relaxing and swimming, popular pastimes in Santorini include snorkeling and scuba diving. visitors can also visit the volcanic island of Nea Kameni by taking a boat trip across the vast caldera, which was once the centre of much larger island before the volcanic eruption that wiped out the Minoan culture.
Tips for Getting Along with Locals in Santorini
Santorini residents are a friendly and hospitable bunch. Locals especially like visitors to try the local delicacies which include fava and korkosela, be sure to compliment the taverna owner or the chef after you've eaten. The residents of Santorini also cherish children and childhood, if you take your children, prepare for them to be spoiled by the locals. Although English is widely spoken, especially in Fira, its worth brushing up on some polite Greek phrases. Start your Santorini holiday here on Hotels.com and choose from one of our perfect Santorini hotels.