Blessed by the Gods with a unique rugged beauty, the Cycladic island of Santorini is a destination every discerning traveller has to visit at least once in their lifetime. Its volcanic Caldera is lined with settlements, such as the main town, Fira, and the quaint village of Oia, which are famous for their stunning views to the vast Aegean Sea or the wonderful sunset. A rewarding way to experience many of these famous views is to walk from Fira to Oia.
However, apart from its Cycladic beauty, Santorini has much to offer its visitors. The island’s local produce and in particular its traditional vineyards, is also a reason to travel to this amazing piece of land, especially if you are a foodie or a wine appassionato.
Although, popular with couples in love who want to immerse themselves in romance, Santorini is a lot more than a lovebirds’ paradise. Its rich history and tradition, along with the lunar-landscaped beaches make it a top destination for all!
Romance and Luxury
Those of you seeking your next romantic break in a totally luxurious ambiance should opt for Oia settlement. Here, you’ll get the chance to see one of the most beautiful sunsets in the world. Just pick your seat on the volcanic rocks of the Caldera and watch the sky turning into a painter’s palette! If you wish to experience utterly private moments right at sunset, away from the crowded public spaces, you’d better opt for accommodation than combines exclusivity and stunning views.
To feel the atmosphere of elegance once prevailing in this aristocratic part of Santorini, Oia Mansion is located right on the edge of the Caldera and offers accommodation in a five-level old world mansion that was once the residence of a wealthy sea captain’s family. Here, guests enjoy their stay in lavish surroundings decorated with arched ceilings and hard-wood floors, as well as rustic furnishings that create a cozy atmosphere. The absolute highlight of the property is the top terrace, where guests can have their Greek breakfast or candlelight dinner while enjoying unobstructed views out to sea and across to the neighboring islets of Nea and Palaia Kameni.
For a holiday with absolute privacy go to the Caldera of Megalochori and look for Thermes Luxury Villas. This property is right on the edge of the cliff and offers exclusive units, each one boasting exceptionally beautiful outdoor areas with an inviting swimming pool area overlooking the sea and the imposing volcano in the middle. Decoration is minimal and of Cycladic inspiration. Your privacy is guaranteed, even outdoors, as terraces are separated with high stone-built walls that also enhance the sense of authentic architecture.
Quality family time
Does this sound surprising? Well yes, Santorini can also be the perfect holiday place for you and your family. Especially Fira – the main town – which is a lively place filled with possibilities. Stroll along the Caldera and capture lovely family moments in pictures with the deep blue Aegean Sea as the backdrop. For an educational day touring around the island’s historical places, it is a good idea to book a private tour with the expert agency Key Tours. Then you’ll get the chance to explore all the major archaeological sites of Santorini and see the island’s most important settlements, including picturesque Oia and historic Akrotiri.
To complement your rewarding holiday on this volcanic island, look for a property that can offer convenience and pleasure at once! Kallisti Thera is situated in the heart of Fira, the island’s capital, and features well-appointed rooms where you and your family can spend joyful moments. Moreover, here guests experience moments of relaxation by the inviting swimming pool, where adults can sip their morning coffee and children can play safely in the freshwater pool, or have mouthwatering dishes of local cuisine for lunch or dinner in Rosemary Restaurant. Show your little treasures the value of unspoiled beauty and serenity, and fill your family photo albums with pictures of happiness!
Thanks to its wide range of options and things to do and see, Santorini could easily be the ideal holiday destination for younger and older travellers, alike. Plan your trip based on your personal wishes and go on a holiday to remember!
How to get to Santorini
There are flights to Santorini from many European cities but if you have time the ferry ride between Athens and Santorini is a very rewarding experience, stopping at islands such as Naxos and Paros en route.
By Natasha von Geldern
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