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Santorini is one of the Cyclades islands in the Aegean Sea. It was devastated by a volcanic eruption in the 16th century BC, forever shaping its rugged landscape. The whitewashed, cubiform houses of its 2 principal towns, Fira and Oia, cling to cliffs above an underwater caldera (crater). They overlook the sea, small islands to the west and beaches made up of black, red and white lava pebbles.

THE AREA

Santorini is an island full of unique experiences and hidden gems. Known for its astonishing views and captivating landscapes, it also offers haute-cuisine gastronomy and luxury activities for the selected few. If you want to explore Santorini’s secrets and gain access to a multitude of memory-creating moments of pure luxury, our award-winning concierge will arrange everything for you. As a local, she knows the island inside-out, so she can make your stay special.

Villages and Beaches

The picturesque island of Santorini is probably known for its picture-perfect village of Oia, its caldera and its unique beaches. But Santorini is much more than this. Boasting a strong history, a long wine tradition and an interesting geology, it is home to several villages, all as interesting and distinct as the next.

Red Beach

The red beach is arguably the most famous and beautiful beaches of Santorini. It is also considered as one of the most spectacular beaches in Greece. It is located in the area of Akrotiri and 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.

Agios Georgios beach

It is a famous black sabdy beach of Santorini and it is located in the continuation of Perivolos beach, about 3.5 km away from Perissa. The beach attracts many visitors as nearby Perivolos beach offers numerous facilities such as umbrellas and sun beds, hotels and bars that fit every budget. Visitors can choose among a variety of activities.

Armeni beach

The beach is located on the northwest part of Santorini, just below the famous village of Oia. It is a very small pebbled beach and absolutely not organized. It is a perfect place to get away from the busy villages. A couple of restaurants are located here. The beach is accessible by descending almost 300 steps on foot, or by boat. Armeni was the old port of Oia but today it is not much used except by some yachts, as it is a safe place to drop anchor.

Imerovigli

Located on the caldera, a couple of kilometres from the island’s capital, Fira, Imerovigli is a picturesque little village that offers splendid views over the caldera and the sea. Boasting hotels, cafes and restaurants, as well as charming churches overlooking the sea, Imerovigli is home to the Skaros, an impressive rock where ruins of a medieval castle now stand. A cheaper alternative than Oia, Imerovigli is definitely a must-see, especially if you want to chase the sunset without the crowds.

Oia

Oia (pronounced I-a), the most photographed village in Santorini, hardly needs an introduction. Located on the northern point of the island, it is known for its magical sunsets and the village includes traditional cave houses, as well as captain houses, hotels, restaurants, cafes and boutiques. A part of Oia that few people take the time to see, however, is Ammoudi, the village’s port, 200 stairs below. It has a few fish restaurants and cafes and it is the perfect spot for cliff diving.

Fira

The cultural and economic centre of the island, Fira is the capital of Santorini. Located opposite of the volcano, right on the caldera, Fira is home to several restaurants, bars, cafes and hotels and is the leading destination for nightlife on the island. Fira also has its own port, called Ormos, reachable via a cable car or via a mule path by foot or on a mule’s back. This charming port is home to several restaurants and cafes and it is the main departure point for visiting the volcano and Thirassia.

Travel to Santorini

SELF-DRIVING

Renting a car is a great way to see the whole island as not everywhere is well served by bus and Santorini taxis are in short supply. About half of the best things to do in Santorini are made easier by having a rental car.

FERRIES

Usually, you can travel by ferry from Athens to Santorini 2 to 6 times per day, mainly depending on the season. The connection is served by both conventional and high-speed ferries. The 6 ferry companies that usually operate on this route are Blue Star Ferries, Zante Ferries, Seajets, Sea Speed Ferries, Golden Star Ferries, and Aegeon Pelagos

AIRPORTS

Fly to a major European city and then take a direct flight to Santorini (check Expedia) Fly to Athens (Greece's capital) and then take either a 5-8hrs ferry or a direct 45mins direct flight to Santorini

BUS

Fira is the main hub for bus transportation, and all bus routes begin and end in Fira. The Fira bus station is where to find the most current bus timetables, including info on the Athinios Port (Ferry Port) route, which changes every day.

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