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A volcanic Greek island known for its stunning views and incredible sunsets, Santorini is where to head for drink in the scenic views. White-washed towns tumble down steep cliffs leading to the azure sea, and there’s a fine choice of beaches to soak up some sun.
Between late April and November is when the weather is warmer and there’s less chance of rain. However, the summer months between July and August are peak season and, during this time, the island is more crowded with tourists and flight prices rise. If you’re flying in the school holidays, it’s a good idea to book early to get the best deals.
If you can travel outside of the peak season, you’ll be rewarded with a more relaxed atmosphere and better choice of Santorini flights and hotels.
Although it’s generally easier to get cheap flights to Santorini if you book early, you can use Expedia to find great deals whenever you travel.
In order to have the best choice of cheap flights, use the ‘Show Flexible Dates’ option to see what’s available on days either side of your chosen departure and return. Because of the way holiday tour operators work, some days of the week are more in demand than others. If you do have flexibility about when you fly you can increase your chances of bagging a bargain.
With flights to Santorini available from a number of UK airports, use the ‘Nearby Airports’ option to broaden your search. Similarly, if you’re booking flights to Santorini from London, then select the ‘All London Airports’ option.
There are numerous departures from the UK to Santorini from several cities, with several options for flight times each day.
Santorini (Thira) International Airport is located around three miles to the southeast of Thira. There are scheduled regular flights with a number of major airlines, as well as additional seasonal charter services in the peak summer months. In total, around two million passengers a year fly in and out of the airport.
The airport is served by public busses and airport taxis, and private shuttle services are also available to take you to destinations like Kamari, Oia and Fira.
There’s also a car rental option at the airport if you want to have your own transport throughout your stay.
Direct flights to Santorini are available from a number of different carriers.
There’s a public bus service on the island, with buses running regularly and tickets costing around two euros. They’re air conditioned but can get overcrowded in the high season.
There are private car services available on the island if you’re looking for something a little more luxurious – but do book your taxi in advance as there are a limited number on the island and they are in high demand during the peak season.
Rental cars should also be booked early in the summer months. More intrepid travellers can set off on a rental scooter to explore the island. Hire costs about 15 euros a day.
There are some boats running between the major ports, which is a great way to get another perspective on the island. And cycling and walking also come highly recommended – the walk between Fira and Oia is particularly spectacular.
The main attraction in Santorini is the landscape itself. The result of a giant volcanic explosion, the top was literally blown off the island forming a flooded crescent caldera. Some say it was this that inspired the myth of the lost city of Atlantis.
Towns such as Fira and Oia cling to the steep cliff sides, with white-washed buildings cascading down to the water. And the sunsets here are the stuff of legend. Pick your spot, order a cocktail and marvel as the sun disappears into the sea of behind the volcanic crater.
Around the island you’ll also find cave houses, vineyards (one of the world’s oldest can be found here) and tiny chapels to explore. You can also catch a boat around the island to visit the hot springs.
As a UK passport holder, you will be entitled to fly to Santorini and stay for up to three months without a visa. Your passport should be valid for the duration of your stay and, if you wish to remain longer, you’ll need to apply for a residence permit.