Santorini Travel Guide | Holiday Extras

Here’s our essential Santorini Travel Guide , giving you EVERYTHING you need to know to take the hassle our your holiday in Santorini.

Iconic Santorini is one of the most famous Greek Islands, and is synonymous with gorgeous sunsets, whitewashed houses and incredible landscapes.

In this travel guide, we'll cover:
► Our favourite things to do
► What to eat in Santorini
► How to speak Greek
► The best ways to get around the island
► How to make the most of your money on holiday

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Welcome to Santorini!
If you’ve heard of Santorini the chances are an image of white washed towns, blue topped chapels and world class sunsets springs to mind.

This picture perfect greek island that lies in the southern Aegean Sea, about 200 km southeast of Greece's mainland, now sees nearly 2 million tourists every year.

Quite a number compared to the 15,000 people who live there.

There's no denying it’s attraction.

The island owes its good looks to a volcanic eruption in 1613BC, that formed dramatic cliff drops, multicoloured beaches, and a sea lagoon called The Caldera.

This iconic setting has made Santorini one of the most memorable and photogenic of the greek islands.

However, Santorini isn’t just any greek island, it has its own subculture that sets it apart from the rest. Yes it’s very greek, but Santorini greek, from signature food dishes made from produce that only grows on the island, to the unique way grapes grow in their vineyards.

And on the subject of vineyards and wine … there is so little rain on Santorini, that wine in more plentiful than water.  

The island has seen quite a transformation in the past 60 years. It’s hard to believe it had no electricity up until 1960, especially when looking at the glamorous town of Oia which has now become a haven for sun seekers indulging in the romance of luxury hot tub apartments and fancy restaurants.

On first looks it certainly seems like Santorini has a lot going for it so, naturally, we wanted to find out what all the fuss was about.

Although sunbathing all day overlooking the caldera with a frappe might be tempting, Santorini is so beautiful, you’ve got to get out there and explore all the wonders this island has to offer. In this video we’re going to take you through food, language, money and transport. But let’s start with our top things to do here on Santorini.

Fira is on the top of a cliff edge and is home to the Old Port right underneath it. The port is almost 600 steps down, or you can opt for the cable car which runs every twenty minutes.

There is another option, to take a donkey ride up and down. We sadly saw a lot of unhappy donkeys made to stay out in the sun with sores on their backs from carrying tourists.

As a result of seeing this I can only ask you avoid riding the donkey’s and instead do what we did - walk down and take the cable car back up!  

At the port you’ll find souvenir shops, restaurants and this is also where you can pick up a tour to the nearby volcano or hot springs.

A fun way to see the island is to rent an ATV! We found a ton of rental shops in Oia. We were their off season so didn't need to pre book but if your there in July and August you might find you need to do this.

Driving one of these along the coast line was so much fun,  just make sure you have a driving licence, wear the helmet provided and wear protective clothing to stay safe!

There is a fantastic walk that runs from Oia to Fira. It takes about 3 hours to complete and runs all along the coast line with views of the Caldera and cliffs the whole way.

The walk is incredible but there is not much shade so it’s wise to start early, bring sun cream and drink plenty of water.

We took a half day boat trip with ‘Sunset Oia’ that took us around the caldera visiting the white and red beach and hot springs.  

Santorini’s hot springs are on the tiny, uninhabited island of Palea Kameni. The volcanic activity underground maintains the springs’ temperature at 30°C to 35°C.