Santorini is one of the most popular islands in Greece with thousands of visitors flocking to its shores each year. A rugged volcanic landscape and imposing cliffs combined with calm, beautiful beaches make Santorini a sight to be seen. Charming and picturesque villages dot the island, and the views are second to none. HomeAway has holiday homes and villas in Santorini that put visitors in the heart of this stunning island.
For travellers looking for private apartments in Santorini with stunning views, HomeAway has the answer. Travellers with pets or in need of wheelchair access can also find a Santorini accommodation to suit their needs. Villas and houses for couples, families, or even upwards of 15 guests are available. Whether it be a luxury seaside villa on the western coast or a house with internet access for the whole family, an affordable and comfortable holiday villas in Santorini can be found with HomeAway.
Sightseeing in Fira:
Fira, or Thira as it is often spelled, is Santorini's capital. This bustling village on the western side of the island is covered in beautiful traditional architecture and was built directly on the edge of a caldera. Visitors can expect panoramic views. With plenty of entertainment, bars, and restaurants, Fira is a fun stop.
Explore ancient ruins at the Minoan Site:
The Minoan Site of Akrotiri is one of Santorini's most popular tourist destinations. Excavations in the 19th century revealed an ancient town that experts believe was constructed around 4,500 BC. The site reopened for visitors in 2012.
Discover Santorini's wine:
The volcanic soil of Santorini paired with the island's favourable weather make it the perfect place to make delicious, high-quality wine. Many of Santorini's wineries are open to visitors, including the famous Santos Winery in Pyrgos and Sigalas Winery in Oia.
Bathe in volcanic hot springs:
The therapeutic hot springs of Santorini were created by the still-active volcanoes, Nea Kameni and Palea Kameni. The waters of Nea Kameni are known for their healing properties – the water is so rich with sulphur that it is yellow! The views from this beautiful and unique site are breathtaking.
Situated atop an impressive cliff on the north side of the island, Oia is one of the Santorini's most beautiful villages. Visitors can expect picture-perfect views of Palea and Nea Kameni, and the sunsets here are legendary. The village itself is lovely and charming with narrow streets and blue-domed buildings.
Swim at the famous Red Beach:
On the south side of the island lies the famous Red Beach. This popular destination is comprised of red and black volcanic rocks that give it a unique look. It is found very near the Akrotiri Minoan Site and is arguably Santorini's most famous beach.
Santorini's weather is typical for the Cycladic island. Summers are hot, dry, and very sunny. On some days, the sky is so clear that visitors can see the island of Crete, located some 70 miles away. Temperatures in the summer average about 30°C and the sea temperature stays around 25°C . Winters are mild and wet.
Santorini (Thira) National Airport (JTR) is located just north of Kamari. Flights from Athens (ATH) last a mere 30 minutes and arrive regularly throughout the year. During tourist season, numerous charter airlines from European airports fly directly to Santorini. For those who wish to travel via sea, there are ferries and high-speed catamarans that depart from Piraeus and Naxos. Connections from Crete are also available during the high season.