Santorini Island Guide

Santorini Island Overview

Santorini is a stunning Greek island located in the Aegean Sea. With its world-famous, unique geography, rich history, and stunning views, Santorini is a destination that offers something for everyone.

Getting to Santorini

Santorini (Thira) Airport (JTR)

Santorini has its international airport, with regular connections to most major European airports and Athens airport for domestic transfers. The airport is on the island’s eastern side, just north of Kamari and south of Monolithos.

Santorini airport in the distance, as seen from the climb up to Ancient Thera. Kamari is the resort on the lower-right side.
A closer shot of the runway at Santorini.

You can find flights to Santorini using Skyscanner.

Athinios Ferry Port

The main port of Santorini, Athinios, is located at the bottom of the caldera down a steep switchback road approximately 8 kilometres south of the capital, Fira. Due to its distance from any nearby village and the steep path, it’s not recommended to try and arrive or leave the port on foot. A local bus service meets every ferry and will take passengers to Fira, where they can find a connecting service to other resorts on the island. Alternatively, you can book private transfers or pick up a taxi – there is a taxi station at the port, though you may have to queue during busy times.

You can find out about ferry connections to Santorini on FerryHopper, or use the booking widget below:

Geography

One of the main attractions of Santorini is its dramatic landscape. The island is the result of a massive volcanic eruption over 3,500 years ago, and its cliffs and rugged terrain provide a breathtaking backdrop for any visit. The island’s famous caldera, a giant volcanic crater filled with crystal-clear waters, is a must-see attraction that offers stunning views of the Aegean Sea.

The famous sunset spot in the village of Oia on the southern tip of Santorini

Santorini is also known for its beautiful villages, each with unique charm and character. The most famous is Oia, a picturesque village famous for its blue-domed churches and stunning sunsets. Visitors can stroll through the village’s narrow streets and explore its many shops and galleries, which offer traditional Greek crafts and souvenirs.

Cuisine

Santorini is also a food lover’s paradise, with numerous restaurants that offer traditional Greek cuisine and international dishes. The island’s volcanic soil is ideal for growing grapes, and its wines are renowned worldwide. Visitors can sample the island’s delicious wines and enjoy a meal of fresh fish and seafood in one of the many tavernas that line the island’s coast.

For those who love history and culture, Santorini offers numerous options. The island has a rich history that dates back thousands of years, and visitors can explore ancient ruins and landmarks such as the ruins of Akrotiri. A volcanic eruption destroyed this ancient Minoan city. Visitors can also explore the Museum of Prehistoric Thera, which houses artefacts from the island’s ancient past.

Santorini is also a popular destination for outdoor activities, from hiking and biking to water sports and sailing. The island’s rugged terrain and beautiful coastline provide the perfect backdrop for outdoor adventures.

Summary

In conclusion, Santorini is a destination that should be on every traveller’s bucket list. With its stunning landscape, beautiful villages, delicious cuisine, rich history and culture, and numerous outdoor activities, it is a destination that offers something for everyone. So pack your bags and head to Santorini – you won’t regret it!

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