Hotels in Santorini
The exotic Aegean island of Santorini is one of those places that is almost too photogenic to be true. The island, which was formed after a major volcanic eruption in the Bronze Age, is famed for its sunsets and earned its name during the Latin Empire in the late Middle Ages. Today, it features dozens of beautiful white-washed buildings, and, unlike other destinations in the Mediterranean, has resisted large-scale modern developments and has, instead, preserved much of its traditional charm.
As you might expect, some of the beaches on the island can become rather busy during the high summer period, when many accommodation establishments become fully booked. To avoid the crowds, you can visit the breathtaking Vlychada beach, which is great for sunbathing and can be accessed via a direct road from Akrotiri.
The enchanting ruined city of Ancient Thera is centred on a street that is almost a kilometre long and was inhabited for well over 1,500 years, until the 8th century. The site was not fully excavated until the late-20th century but was devastated after a volcanic eruption in 726AD. See the remnants of the island's ancient pottery industry, wander through some of the ruins of the Hellenistic and Roman era, and admire the phenomenal sunset views from the highest point.
The Argyros Mansion
Carefully restored, the Argyros Mansion is a testament to Santorini's great wealth in the 19th century and is the only mansion on the island. The building was designed by local craftsman in the 1880s, and is noted for its decorative Neoclassical features and elaborate façade.
Often nicknamed the 'Balcony to the Aegean' the charming village of Imerovigli is acclaimed for its attractive Cycladic architecture and was dominated by a Venetian castle by the 13th century. Sadly, much of this settlement was destroyed in a severe earthquake in the 1950s, although the surviving buildings were restored in the following decades, when Imerovigli became a popular tourist attraction.
Santorini is blessed with many world-renowned restaurants and is internationally revered for its exceptional seafood. For some superb, authentic local-themed dishes, you can dine at the Metaxy Mas Tavern in Pyrgos, Theoni's Kitchen in Fira, To Psaraki in Vlychada, or To Perasma Tou Xoriou in Pyrgos. For other delicious Greek and seafood dishes, head to Sea Side by Notos in Perivolos, treat yourself to some mouthwatering pizzas, pastas and hamburgers at Terra Nera, or try Paradox for delightful Chinese, Thai and Japanese cuisine.
Where to stay on the island
There are dozens of fantastic Santorini hotels to choose from, ranging from boutique, budget-friendly resorts to exclusive five-star hotels with outstanding panoramic views of the Aegean Sea. For the ultimate Greek holiday experience, stay at the Androniis Luxury Suites or the Perivolas hotel, two of the chicest hotels on the island. For an affordable option, you can book a stay at the elegant Lilium Villas Santorini, or consider the well-equipped, value-for-money Anassa Deluxe Suites.
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