One of the only locations in Europe with a hot desert climate, stepping out of the plane for your holidays in Santorini feels like you have traveled much farther afield.
Enjoy spending time at one of the many beaches found on this enchanting island. The explosive history of the land provides visitors with beaches for every taste. Spend your days soaking up the sun on the white sand beach, which is a short boat ride from Akrotiri, a village on the southwestern tip of the island. After a day of enjoying this secluded beach you can travel directly to the red beach to enjoy Santorini's world famous sunsets reflecting off of the crystal clear Aegean Sea and red cliffs surrounding the popular beach.
If you can pull yourself away from the one of the many beautiful beaches found on the island, there are many of villages to explore. A day trip to the village of Oia is not to be missed. Oia is often considered the most picturesque village found on the island. The majority of the town is accessible only by foot, although you can hire a donkey to help you on the staircase leading to Ammoudi Bay. When you make it to the bay you can grab some wonderful fresh grilled seafood at one of the Ammoudi Bay Tavernas, and make sure that you try the local specialty of fried tomato balls known to the locals as Tomato Keftedes.
The best way to get around the island is by cycle. The island is small enough to manage and you can have the freedom of cycling across coastal paths between the picturesque villages perched on the cliffs of the island. If you prefer not to drive or cycle, the island is certainly manageable by foot with a few bus rides between villages.
From most towns you can arrange a tour to visit the 'smoky islands' where one can get an up-close and physical experience with steam vents and the see the lava flows from the 1950's. A perfect trip to get a better understand how the island has formed into the paradise it is today.
After checking out the volcanic islands, you can have a more chilled tour of one of the many local vineyards. Santorini is famous for its desert wine, called Vinsanto. Spend an afternoon touring Roussos Winery, seeing the ancient volcanic soils that create such a sweet delicous wine. Also check out the beach resort of Perissa, its weather is about the closest you will ever see to guaranteed sunshine!
Whether you are looking to relax on the beach, explore ancient villages, check out volcanoes or enjoy world famous wine straight from the source, holidays in Santorini will not disappoint. With lastminute.com you can truly relax on holiday, knowing that you have gotten the cheapest prices for the best locations. Book all your holidays to Greece now with lastminute.com for a holiday to Santorini that will fill your camera with photos and mind with memories.