If you’ve never been to Greece and only have time for one island, Santorini is my choice for you. Why? It’s absolutely breathtaking. Its famous for good reason: sensational blazing sunsets, the archeological ruins known as the “Greek Pompeii,” beautiful whitewashed villages and uniquely colored volcanic beaches. The views of Santorini’s flooded caldera, a volcanic crater that sits in the Aegean, are unique to experience. Stay at a lovely cave hotel, drink the local wines, relax and enjoy a view unlike anywhere else in the world.
How to Get to Santorini
International travelers can get to Santorini by plane, usually with a stop in Athens. Check Vayama for the best flight deals.
I highly recommend booking with Blue Star Ferries which leaves from the Athens port of Piraeus.
Getting Around Santorini
Santorini is a big island. It takes about an hour drive to get from the ferry port to Oia which is the furthest town north.
There is a KTEL public bus, find the schedules here. You can also rent quads, motorbikes and scooters which is a fun experience on any Greek island. A car is ideal to save time and you can rent one through Avis Europe – especially to go for a day exploring.
Where to Stay on Santorini
I recommend Armeni Suites and Esperas Hotel in Oia. I have also stayed at the Sensyo Apartments in Firostefani and I recommend Grace Hotel, a luxury boutique stay in Imerovigli.
For a boutique, close-to-the beach option head to Orabel Suites, member of Tresor Hotels & Resorts, in Perivolos. Stay tuned for a full post with reviews about these Santorini hotels.
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