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Once a single landmass, the islands that make up Santorini are famous for their rugged landscapes, which were shaped by the same volcanic eruption that split them apart. Far from diminishing the island’s beauty, the volcanic activity is what has made Santorini so special. All along the curved western coast, picturesque whitewashed villages nestle against black rocks, offering stunning sea views and sunsets that are out of this world.
The two main towns on Santorini are Oia and Fira, and both are notable for their beautiful scenery and luxurious resorts. For the best historic highlights, head to Fira, where you’ll find the Museum of Prehistoric Thira, the Archaeological Museum of Thira and the Santozeum. They all offer a tantalising glimpse into Santorini’s past.
Oia, meanwhile, is the place to be if you’re seeking the ultimate sunset shot. With its blue-domed churches, pretty winding streets and family-run taverns it has a quieter feel to it than Fira. For the best experience of the village, spend the night and use the following morning to explore before it gets busy. If possible, you’ll also want to visit the tiny fishing village of Ammoudi, accessible from Oia via a set of steep stone steps.
With Fira and Oia exhausted, you can make your way south to Megalochori, renowned for its vineyards, the archaeological site at ancient Akrotiri, and the Red and White beaches. Out on the southeastern coast, Perissa will treat you to glorious sunshine, laid-back nightlife and resort relaxation. Here, a long strip of sandy coast is backed by a chilled promenade of hotels, bars and restaurants – not to mention a decent water park.
Lastly, don’t forget to make time for Santorini’s smaller islands. Uninhabited Nea Kameni boasts hot springs and steaming volcanic walks, while Thirasia is known for its traditional taverns and an appealingly undeveloped atmosphere.
Located in the heart of Santorini, this romantic aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Petros M. Nomikos Conference Centre and Archaeological Museum. Museum of Prehistoric Thira is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) away.
Nestled on the beach, this Santorini hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Kamari Beach and Wine Museum. Estate Argyros Santorini and Art Space Santorini are also within 2 miles (3 km).
Located in the heart of Santorini, this hotel is steps away from Santorini Folklore Museum and Museum of Prehistoric Thira. Archaeological Museum is 0.3 mi (0.6 km) away.
Located in the heart of Santorini, this romantic hotel is steps away from The Famous Church in Oia Famous Photospot and Naval Museum. Oia Castle and Amoudi Bay are also within 15 minutes.
This family-friendly Santorini hotel is located near the airport, within a 10-minute walk of Petros M. Nomikos Conference Centre and Archaeological Museum. Museum of Prehistoric Thira is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) away.
Located in the heart of Santorini, this spa guesthouse is steps away from Oia Castle, Naval Museum and Amoudi Bay. The Famous Church in Oia Famous Photospot and Paralia Katharos are also within 1 mile (2 km).
This family-friendly Santorini hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Skaros Rock, Archaeological Museum and Museum of Prehistoric Thira. Petros M. Nomikos Conference Centre and Wall Paintings of Thira Exhibition are also within 3 miles (5 km).
Situated in Santorini, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of The Famous Church in Oia Famous Photospot and Naval Museum. Oia Castle and Amoudi Bay are also within 1 mile (2 km).