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Before you even set foot on Santorini’s much-loved soil, you’ll have its most recognisable sights etched in your mind. And, yes, those pictures are a slight spoiler for what’s in store. But, no matter how hard anyone tries, DSLR camera, filters, lenses, photoshop – whatever tricks are at play, absolutely nothing can beat seeing Oia with your very own eyes. Better still, seeing it at sunset. Perhaps halfway through a perfectly executed degustation menu, sitting on a suitably perched terrace or sampling some of the local vintages. A time to really indulge those senses. Often beaten and battered by our urban and high tech lives – holidays to Santorini are a balm for all of modern societies demands.

And while you’re more than welcome to use the island as a restorative fortnight of gourmet indulgence and a much-needed serotonin boost, Santorini may well tempt you off that sun-lounger. Nothing too high octane, though the cable car is steep. No, this island keeps even its most highly prized treasures sedate. A wander around a perfectly preserved Bronze Age village is thrilling – just in a different way. Romantics, swooning honeymooners, stargazers and life’s dreamers – this is your mecca.

Santorini

Before you even set foot on Santorini’s much-loved soil, you’ll have its most recognisable sights etched in your mind. And, yes, those pictures are a slight spoiler for what’s in store. But, no matter how hard anyone tries, DSLR camera, filters, lenses, photoshop – whatever tricks are at play, absolutely nothing can beat seeing Oia with your very own eyes. Better still, seeing it at sunset. Perhaps halfway through a perfectly executed degustation menu, sitting on a suitably perched terrace or sampling some of the local vintages. A time to really indulge those senses. Often beaten and battered by our urban and high tech lives – holidays to Santorini are a balm for all of modern societies demands.

And while you’re more than welcome to use the island as a restorative fortnight of gourmet indulgence and a much-needed serotonin boost, Santorini may well tempt you off that sun-lounger. Nothing too high octane, though the cable car is steep. No, this island keeps even its most highly prized treasures sedate. A wander around a perfectly preserved Bronze Age village is thrilling – just in a different way. Romantics, swooning honeymooners, stargazers and life’s dreamers – this is your mecca.

   
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Soundtrack of the city

Spending in Santorini...

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    3 course meal for 2: £36.23

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    A regular cappuccino: £3.60

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    A medium beer: £3.17

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    One-way (Local Transport): £1.60

Spending in Santorini...

  • null

    3 course meal for 2: £36.23

  • null

    A regular cappuccino: £3.60

  • null

    A medium beer: £3.17

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    One-way (Local Transport): £1.60

Soundtrack of the city

Sun-seeking in Santorini…

Santorini starts to warm up from April onwards, though the really hot weather doesn’t kick in until July and August. The best time to visit Santorini very much depends on your plans for the isle. Sightseeing? Hit those shoulder months – March to June and September to November. Beach and island hopping? June thru August are your months.

Discover the real Santorini

How existential are you feeling? Would the real Santorini be this real had we not all come to see it? Thiraisa has the answer just a ferry ride away. Part of Santorini’s island chain, it’s the ‘untouched’ Santorini. Compare the two over a sweet Vinsanto in Oia and the sunset will quell any reality FOMO.

If there’s anything Santorini prizes more than its food, it’s their wine. Pair the two and things start to get serious. Yes, there’s a lot of help from talented chefs, but it’s the raw ingredients that do the heavy lifting. You can thank Santorini’s volcanic and mineral-rich soils for that. Prepare your taste buds – they will be suitably impressed.

Spontaneity. Exploring. Just popping in. All holiday thrills not to be diminished. But a few tips and insider guides help you avoid the pitfalls of a spur of the moment meal that you’d rather forget. Or, perhaps, three hours on a regrettable tour. Stick with us, we’ll point you in the right direction.

It’s easy to peg Santorini as a place to potter, mooch and succumb to wine tasting sessions that seem to stretch on far longer than they really should. But behind the veil of ‘not much to do’ there’s more than enough to keep you from that sun lounger – should you want it. We’d start with Santorini’s Pompeii and go from there.

Food & Drink

If there’s anything Santorini prizes more than its food, it’s their wine. Pair the two and things start to get serious. Yes, there’s a lot of help from talented chefs, but it’s the raw ingredients that do the heavy lifting. You can thank Santorini’s volcanic and mineral-rich soils for that. Prepare your taste buds – they will be suitably impressed.

Guides & Tips

Spontaneity. Exploring. Just popping in. All holiday thrills not to be diminished. But a few tips and insider guides help you avoid the pitfalls of a spur of the moment meal that you’d rather forget. Or, perhaps, three hours on a regrettable tour. Stick with us, we’ll point you in the right direction.

See & do

It’s easy to peg Santorini as a place to potter, mooch and succumb to wine tasting sessions that seem to stretch on far longer than they really should. But behind the veil of ‘not much to do’ there’s more than enough to keep you from that sun lounger – should you want it. We’d start with Santorini’s Pompeii and go from there.

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More of the Greece

Whether you’re island hopping or plumping for the mainland, Greece is a solid summer holiday all-rounder. Yes, you’ll find all the essentials: beaches, coves, caves and those ever-alluring fishing villages, but Greece will also treat you to some seriously impressive archaeological treasures. Menus may have had a tendency towards the ever-present Greek salad and souvlaki, but the gastronomy scene has always been quietly simmering away in tavernas for decades. Finding them is half the fun.