Santorini Beaches

Because of the unique geographical feature of the island, the beaches in Santorini are quite different to the other beaches in Greece. They have red and black volcanic pebbles on them as well as steep cliffs leading up to the mainland which have villages perched on the top of them.

Red Beach is probably the most well known and it has black and red volcanic pebbles and nice hot water for those who want to bathe. It is extremely beautiful which is why it is so popular. It is quite a small beach and can therefore get quite crowded. The car park has a rocky walk down to the beach and the sand is reddish black and painful to sit on so there are sun loungers on it. Just before the water is a layer of pebbles and there are interesting rocks in the sea, so many people snorkel and observe them that way. The beach can only be reached by car and the walk down from the car park.

Kamari is a long black sandy beach and has an interesting feature of a rock called Mesa Vouna rising out of the sea. This right gets lit up by the sun at night, making it an interesting place to be. There are many facilities on the beach such as loungers and umbrellas as well as water sports on offer.

Perissa is very crowded with tourists as it has a very long beach. The black sand is popular in the evenings when the Mesa Vouno rock lights up. The area around the beach is newly built and so has a good variety of places to stay, eat, drink and be entertained. It has much more modern buildings than many of the other villages, although it does have a 16th century chapel.

Agios Georgios is another black beach which is popular with tourists. It has seats and umbrellas to rent and there are many restaurants and tavernas along the beach. There are also water sports on offer such as windsurfing, jet-skiing and banana boating.

For something quieter Cape Columbo is recommended as it is one of the most isolated beaches. It has a strip of dark sand and is approached from several different paths. Monolithos is also a quieter beach but it can be very windy. It does have some sun loungers and activities such as a play area for children, basketball court and football pitch and there are trees along the back so there is always some shade.

What to See in Santorini

Where you decide to go in Santorini will probably depend on where you are located. You may not want to travel great distances to see things. Therefore it is important to find out what there is to do, so that you can choose a hotel located in a village near to where you want to go.

The caldera is probably the thing that the island is the most famous for. A volcano caused this four mile caldera which has been linked to the mystery of Atlantis. It goes down below the level of the sea, which means it forms a natural harbour. There are some of the larger towns overlooking it, which means that it should be easy to find somewhere to stay close to it. In the centre is the ancient volcano as well as some hot springs. Almost as famous are the beautiful sunsets. They can form the most romantic of backdrops which is why the island is popular with couples who want to get married or who are on their honeymoon.

For some ancient historical interest the ancient Minoan Town of Akrotiri is very interesting. It was found in tact buried by layers of volcanic ash and it is thought it was destroyed in 1,650 BC. It has recently reopened to visitors and has many interesting things to look at. For other historical things, it can be worth visiting the Museum of Prehistoric Thera when many items that have been find by archaeologists are displayed.

Taking a donkey ride is a very popular activity in Santorini. It is a popular way to get along some of the roads that are not suitable for vehicles and also something which many visitors like to do, because it is very different to how they would get about at home.

The island does not have lots of museums and things to do and see. However, it does have shops and restaurants, bars and cafés. The idea of a holiday on the island is not to be constantly moving and looking at things but to be able to relax and wind down. Enjoy the sunshine and the beaches, the different way of life and getting away from the fast pace of your normal daily routine. It is a perfect place to practice skills like photography or painting, top up your tan, enjoy swimming or just sitting around and people watching.

Choosing a Hotel in Santorini

Santorini is a popular place with tourists, which means that there is a good selection of hotels to choose form. This is really good because it means there is likely to be something that will suit your needs. You do have to book in advance though, if you have specific requirements as it is a popular place and the best hotels will fill up quickly in the peak season.

Remember to be open minded and look at all of the accommodation options. You might be surprised at what you can find and how good it can be. You may feel safe with a particular brand of hotel or a particular types, but if you do not try different ones, you will never know what they are like.

Therefore, it is a good idea to think about the requirements you have of a hotel very early on. In fact, as soon as you have decided to go on holiday there, you should do this. Budget is likely to be the highest priority but even if you do not have that much money to spend, you want to make sure that you get good value for money. This means that you want to get the best that you possibly can. Think about your idea features of a hotel. You might like food served all day, all inclusive meals, entertainment, located so you can walk everywhere, swimming pool, family activities or a whole host of other things. Put together a list and then look at some of the hotels available and decide whether you want to amend your list.

It is important to put things in order of importance because you may not be able to get everything that you want from a hotel, especially if you have a small budget. However, be positive, a place like this does want to do its best for customers and so it is likely to offer a lot of good services.

Discuss it with the family/friends or your partner, whoever you are going with and find out what they all want and then come up with a short list of hotels which fit most of their requirements. Then talk again and you should be able to agree on which one would suit you all the best. The earlier you do it, the more choice you will have and therefore the best chance of keeping everyone happy.

Impressions of Santorini

Santorini is a Greek island. It may make you think of beautiful beaches, villages with white washed houses and churches and lovely sunsets. You are right in thinking these things as the island certainly has a lot of those things. It has a selection of lovely villages where you will be able to explore the cafés and tavernas as well as the churches and market places. The coast has dramatic cliffs as well as dark sand beaches. Each village has a charm of its own and so it may be difficult to choose the one that will suit you. It could be easier to visit several or maybe return for a second visit, which you are bound to want to do anyway.

The island has arguably one of the best landscapes in Greece, which is why it is so popular with holidaymakers. The island is a submerged volcano and has tall cliffs upon which many of the villages are built, meaning that they offer spectacular views. The island is also very famous for its amazing sunsets and so if natural beauty is something that you enjoy, this island will be the perfect place for you to visit.

The hot desert climate is attractive to many, who want to enjoy some lovely sunshine when on holiday. It is still most popular during the summer months though, so if you want warmth but at a quieter time, then it could be better to visit in the winter.  It is one of the only two European places that has this climate which make sit extremely attractive to visitors. Water is therefore scarce on the island as it has no rivers but there is a desalination plant which provides running water to most houses.

For those that enjoy history, there are the ruins of the old town to look at. There are many interesting things to look at including paintings, houses, pipes and a loom workshop. These have only recently reopened to the pubic and are well worth a look, to give you an idea of what the ancient people were like. The ruins have not all yet been revealed as they were all covered in ash from the volcano. The last major eruption was in 1956 and since then many of the buildings have been rebuilt. With tourism being the main income for the people of the island, it is very welcoming to visitors and caters for them well.

Family Holidays in Santorini

Santorini is often considered to be a romantic destination but that does not mean that families are not welcome. There is plenty for families to do and they are welcome at many hotels.

The bigger beaches have water sports as well as children’s play areas and so there is lots for children to do to keep them occupied. There are great places to walk and of course the sea to play in and the beach to play on. Some of the beaches are sand and others are pebbles and the sand is black and red so makes for interesting sculptures and castles!

There are plenty of places to eat and drink, which is always useful with families as children are often less accepting of new types of food. The island is very much geared towards tourists and so it has a big range of international dishes so that there is something to please all of their visitors.

It is important to choose a destination on the island that does have things to offer that the family will like. If they are happy to walk around and relax on the beach then everywhere has this, but if they have specific activities they like doing, perhaps particular sports, shops or places of historical interest, then you will need to make sure that the place that you are staying has easy access to somewhere that can provide this. It is possible to find lots of different things to do on the island and so it is just a matter of doing some research or discussing your needs with your travel agent.

It can also be worth reading reviews of the island and speaking to people who have been there with their families. This will give you an idea of the family activities available and where you might want to stay to take full advantage of this. Obviously, a review is just one persons opinion but some websites have a selection of opinions from different people and this will help you to be able to decide whether it is a suitable place to go. If a  majority of people recommend it for families, then chances are that you will enjoy it,although we are all different of course. Use all the information available to make up your own mind depending on the needs and expectations that your particular family has with regards to an ideal holiday.

Travelling and Santorini

Being an island, a journey to Santorini will take place in a selection of legs. You will need to get to an airport in the UK,  then fly to Santorini where you will have to hire a car or use a transfer to get to your hotel. This is not too difficult though, if you consider that the duration of the flight itself is just four hours. This means that depending on how close to London you live, you could only be travelling for half a day, perhaps a whole day. There are flights form other UK airports as well and so you could find one that is closer to you, which will cut your journey time even more.

It can feel hard, when you have to use almost of whole day of your holiday travelling and so to be able to get a direct flight is fantastic news. With many UK airports flying direct, it means that you should be able to travel quite quickly and start enjoying your holiday as soon as you arrive.

When you get there, you may find it useful to have a hire car. It can be useful to book one beforehand, then you will be certain that yo get one that is the right size and that there is even one available. Having a car means that you have the freedom to explore the whole of the island, without any restrictions.

There are taxis that you can use, if you would rather not drive or cannot drive. You can hire these before you fly or you can find one when you get there.

There are also ferries which can take you to and from the island. These go from Athens and so if you are taking an island hopping trip or you are exploring more of Greece or even more of Europe, this could be an option for you. There are also local flights from Athens to Santorini, if you would rather be in the air, than on the water.

Once on the island, you can tours by boat to explore different parts of the coastline. Some of them even include dinner. This could be the type of trip that would be the highlight of your holiday and so it can be worth thinking about whether it is something that you would like to do. You may need to book these well in advance.

Honeymoons in Santorini

Having a honeymoon in Santorini is very popular. This is because it is a romantic destination and has a lot to offer newly married couples.

There are secluded beach areas where a couple can get to know each other better but  there are also busier areas with things to do, so there is no chance of getting bored. The landscapes are extremely pretty, which can often add romance to a holiday. The most romantic part is probably the fantastic sunsets that the island is famous for. There is nothing a romantic as walking along the beach watching a lovely sunset or having a meal or a drink as the sun goes down. It certainly has a lot of possible romantic moments.

The climate is ideal as well. The island is hot and sunny which means that you can have lots of fun in the sun. Whether that means relaxing on one of the dark sand beaches or taking part in water sports, walking round traditional villages or looking at ancient remains, there is something for everyone.

The island is very traditional and that means that the pace of life is slower. It means that it offers the opportunity to change your pace of life, wind down and relax and forget about the hectic lives that most of us tend to have. This is ideal for a honeymoon as it means that you are able to relax and therefore enjoy each others company. It will give you the time that you need to get to know each other and the opportunity to do very little but talk and have fun together.

There are a good selection of hotels on the island as well, which means that you will be able to choose something that is perfect for a couple. Perhaps one that does not have families might suit you or you might want something small and intimate. Whatever you want, chances are that it will be available for you.

Whatever your expectations of your honeymoon, Santorini will be able to provide that. It has the perfect balance of quiet and busy locations, large and small hotels and the best weather. It has beautiful landscapes which will provide a romantic backdrop for whatever you want to do. Being only a four hour flight also helps as you do not need to waste valuable holiday time travelling and if your do not have that much time to spend on holiday, you will not want to waste any time at all.

Getting Married in Santorini

Getting married abroad is something which appeals to some people and not to others. Some people would rather be in a place where all of their family and friends can easily attend and join in celebrating with them. Others would prefer to be somewhere abroad. Going abroad means that you can start off your honeymoon with a wedding. You can be with your close relatives but somewhere memorable. Some people feel that it makes the wedding more memorable. Others have always wanted to get married outside and going somewhere where it is hot will guarantee that will happen.

Santorini is a popular destination for weddings because it is so hot. It is lovely to be able to guarantee that you will have fine weather on your wedding day. It can make the whole day feel more positive and special and can mean that you have some really good photographs as well of memories of the day. Some people just prefer hot weather anyway and others feel that their big day could be ruined if it rains. Being in Santorini will almost guarantee that you will not get any rain.

You can buy packages with your Santorini holiday which include a wedding and if you book rooms for lots of guests at the same hotel, it is likely that you will be able to get some sort of discount. It can be really good being able to have you close family and perhaps friends with you abroad, all enjoying the experience of being on a really pretty island and having a break away form home as well as celebrating the wedding at the same time. It can mean that the celebration goes on for more than one day as well.

Santorini is well known for its sunsets and so having these as a backdrop to some of your wedding photographs can be fantastic. Everyone wants some great shots that they can treasure for the rest of their lives and having a spectacular background could not make them more perfect.

With the island having a mixture of busy tourist areas and quieter isolated beaches, it means that the couple will be able to get away and have time to themselves as well as enjoy all of the entertainment and facilities on offer to visitors. It is a great balance and means that you will never get bored, never need for anything but also have that time that you need to get to know each other properly.