Santorini is truly unique not only for Greece but for the entire world. This iconic destination is most known for its breathtaking views of the red and brown layers of volcanic ash that make up its famous cliffs. In fact everything seems to be perched on these cliffs from its many boutique luxury hotels to its fabulous restaurants. You can learn all about them & book your stay at Sporades Shipping. It’s no surprise that it consistently shows up on the top 10 lists of the most romantic vacation spots in the world. Plan & Book your vacations to Santorini online at www.greektrip.gr or via phone at Sporades Shipping.
In terms of accommodation, Santorini just might be the luxury boutique hotel capital of the world! It is the traditional architecture of small houses built in the side of the cliffs that make these properties unique. Book your ferry tickets and travel to Santorini and enjoy the amazing caldera views that will make you feel like your room is part of the blue waters of the Aegean! Our selection is based on best views, location and ease of access, and of course a high standard of service. Note that many caldera properties have many stairs not suitable for older guests and also age restrictions for young children.
Because of the high quality of visitors who flock to Santorini each year, the island has a reputation of being exclusive. This is also what has brought in the past few years a few of the most talented Greek chefs to open restaurants here. Their cuisine is part of the good food movement of contemporary Greek cuisine and the many local recipes of the island which are based on the high quality of ingredients produced on the islands nutritious volcanic soil. Fava beans and tomatoes, being the most popular of these ingredients, along with the famous Santorini wine make for a gastronomic experience of the highest quality. However, the difficult part is not to know where to eat as much as securing tables at these establishments even in the peak season of August.
By airplane: Santorini Airport is served by domestic flights from Athens Airport and direct flights from major European cities.
By ferry: The island is easy to reach by boat from the port of Piraeus. Book your tickets by contacting us at Sporades Shipping or online at greektrip.gr. The journey takes 4 hours if you take the highspeed and twice thattime on a conventional ferry. Santorini is also connected to the rest of the Cyclades with daily going to Paros, Mykonos, Naxos, and Crete. Depending on the type of experience you are looking for we will suggest the best islands you may combine with Santorini.
- Volcano tour: Visit the crater of the volcano on NeaKameni and then head to PaliaKameni to swim in its thermal sulphur waters.
- Archaeological site of Akrotiri:Take a guided tour of Akrotiri, one of the most important Minoan settlements covered in ash with the eruption of the volcano 3500 years ago and immaculately preserved.
- Wine tour:Visit one of the many wineries located in Pyrgos. You will be introduced to the island’s wine production history as well as the different procedures that Santorinian producers use. You will be amazed by the quality of wines that the volcanic soil can produce. Assyrtiko, Athyri, Aidani, Mantilaria and Mavrotragano are just some of the distinctive varieties.
SANTORINI BEACH GUIDE
- Vlychada: The beach follows a smooth descent. You will notice as you approach two large chimneys. One is directly behind the beach and one nearby, but don’t worry as this factory is no longer in use and the brick structures are actually quite pleasant to look at
- Monolithos: The beach of Monolithos is close to the beach of Kamari, in the area near the airport of Santorini. It is quite popular among the locals and especially families. It is long with black sand and shallow waters, well-organized with sunbeds and umbrellas
- Red Beach: The red beach is arguably one of the most famous and beautiful beaches of Santorini. It is located only some steps away from the ancient site of Akrotiri. The small size of the beach creates a much crowded atmosphere and there are many days where most of the visitors choose not to make it all the way down to the beach and instead admire this unique landscape of red and black volcanic rocks from the headland. The access is relatively easy. You can leave your car at the parking space and continue all the way down that takes about two minutes. As you gradually get down to the beach you will be impressed by the different colorings of the cliffs. Many sunbeds and umbrellas cover the dark sand. Snorkeling is highly recommended due to the interesting rocks
- White Beach:The cove right next to the Red beach, on the southern side of Santorini, is known as the White beach. It is very similar to the Red beach, with black pebbles on the shore, only that the surrounding cliffs are white. This beach is accessible by boat or on foot from the Red beach. It is less popular than the neighboring cove and therefore quieter. It doesn’t have facilities, except for some umbrellas and sun beds along the coast, although the surrounding rocks provide some shade too.
Private sunset sailing cruise: Charter a private sailing yacht and cruise along the Caldera, Thirassia and the crater of the volcano. Enjoy dinner on board and the unique sunset of Santorini in total privacy!