It can be hard to believe that a place like Santorini is real. Villages sit perched atop soaring cliffs that rise out of the Aegean Sea, and nestled in amongst the pristine white buildings are wineries, luxurious spas, and even volcanic hot springs. In short: it’s the destination of a lifetime.
The view as you approach the Greek island of Santorini (or Thira, as it is sometimes called) is breath-taking: villages seem to cling precariously to cliffs above the sparkling blue waters of the Aegean Sea; rows of low white buildings almost glow in the Mediterranean sun. The volcanic eruption that created this dramatic landscape almost 4,000 years ago is said to have been one of the largest in recorded history, but the result is unforgettable – and life in Santorini seems to match its surroundings. The winding streets and twisting staircases of the island’s villages hold picturesque architecture, unparalleled views, and a traditional culture that have all rightfully made the island one of the world’s most coveted tourist destinations. Lounge in the sun on the black beaches of Kamari, marvel at the ancient ruins of bygone civilisations at Akrotiri or Thera, or sample wines grown in the island’s unique volcanic soil – no matter what you do, you’ll never want to leave. Discover the island for yourself and book your flight from Zurich to Santorini with SWISS today.
What is the easiest way to get around Santorini?
In most of Santorini’s villages, the easiest way to get around is by foot – many villages are compact enough that it is both easier and more efficient to simply walk between locations. Should visitors wish to move between towns, there are buses that run routes servicing many different locations on the island. Be sure to check schedules in advance as bus arrivals can be infrequent, especially in the off-season. Though it may be tempting to rent a bicycle to take in the island’s stunning views, visitors should keep in mind that the island’s villages tend to be both hilly and geared towards hiking – many routes on maps will not be accessible to bicycles.
When is the best time of year to visit Santorini?
Santorini’s busy tourist season usually begins around Greek Easter at the beginning of April and reaches its peak in the summer months. Though it is tempting to visit the island during the off-season, from December to March, the colder weather and precipitation may not make for an ideal holiday in the area. Many travellers will find that their best bet is to visit either between April and June or between September and October, when the weather is still warm but the tourist season is not in full swing yet.
What currency is used in Santorini?
The currency of Greece is the euro. Debit and credit cards are generally accepted in the island’s larger villages, and ATMs are available in those villages as well. However, ATMs may occasionally become disconnected and thus unusable for extended periods, meaning that it is wise to have a backup source of money when travelling the island.
Discover everything Santorini has to offer
There’s a good reason that people from around the world return to Santorini year after year: the island holds its fair share of secrets and surprises to be uncovered. More than a dozen villages dot the island, each with its own unique charms. For unparalleled views, including sublime sunsets, the villages of Fira, Oia, or Firostefani will fit the bill; for a taste of the island’s beautiful architecture, Vothonas, Megalochori, or Karterados will provide everything visitors need.
Villiges of Santorini
Whether you’re looking for the island’s best wineries, beaches, or vistas, the journey is truly as important as the destination. Some of the island’s most popular villages include:
Of course, it would be difficult to visit Santorini without being captivated by the volcanic caldera itself. Regular boat tours depart from the port of Fira, letting travellers get up close and personal with the crater. Learn more about the way the islands were shaped and marvel at the unique scenery.
Relaxing on Santorini
For a slightly more relaxing interaction with the volcano, visit the hot springs heated by the volcano’s underground activity on the islet of Palea Kameni. Santorini offers a number of striking beaches as well, from the red cliffs and sands of Kokkini Paralia to the black, pebbled shores of Kamari, and many offer hammocks, beach chairs and beachside bars to help you sink even further into bliss.
For travellers looking to relax and bask in Santorini’s natural beauty without boarding a boat, take advantage of the island’s many spas and wellness centres.
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Try Santorini’s unique cuisine
As tourism to Santorini has increased over the years, so too has the number of quaint cafes dotting the island. Santorini’s cuisine has never forgotten its roots – several dishes unique to the island, such as tomatokeftdes (a flavourful tomato fritter made with the island’s famous cherry tomatoes) or santorinio sfougato (a traditional dish made with courgette, various cheeses, and herbs) still find themselves on the island’s menus – but the island’s chefs are increasingly interested in incorporating modern gastronomy into their dishes as well. Because of the island’s nutrient-rich soil, Santorinian produce is renowned, and between the excellent ingredients and the innovative chefs, Santorini will provide you with meals you’ll never forget.
Fine wine and nightlife
Looking to enjoy a tipple while in Santorini? There’s no shortage of options. Plenty of bars and nightclubs have opened up to serve the influx of tourists who flock to the island every year. For a truly Santorini experience, though, visitors should make an effort to visit one of the island’s many beach bars – after all, there might be no better combination than a refreshing cocktail and an ocean breeze. And if cocktails aren’t your thing, travellers interested in sampling the island’s unique viticulture are in for a treat. The climate and conditions have given rise to some remarkable wineries. Try to taste a little of everything, but don’t miss the island’s prized Vinsanto, a barrel-aged dessert wine.
Take home more than just memories
Combing the villages for that perfect souvenir is a treasured pastime of visitors to Santorini – visit the many shops of the island’s villages and find your ideal souvenir. Ceramics, gold jewellery, and local wine all make perfect gifts from Santorini.
Zurich - ThiraFlight duration: 02:45 hrs total, Frequency: Fri
Departure ZurichTerminal: 1 / 3Counter opening time: 24 h prior to departure
Airbus A320-214Height: 11.80 mLength: 37.60 mSeats: 136-168
Crew:Pilots: 2Cabin crew: 4
Arrival SantoriniDistance to city centre: 6 km