Santorini

The southernmost Cyclades archipelago, the Greek Island of Santorini, located in the Aegean Sea sits at the heart of the Mediterranean. Its rugged landscape, shaped by one of the largest volcanic eruptions to have been recorded in history has led to its popularity as an archaeological site and tourist destination, having been voted as one of the most beautiful islands to visit in the world on more than one occasion.Maintaining all the characteristics of typical Mediterranean weather, visitors to the island can expect sun and warm weather throughout the summer season.Famous for its clifftop villages, peppered with the characteristic whitewashed buildings and dark sandy beaches, Santorini is a picture postcard Greek Island. The ideal holiday destination to soak the sun and take in the its dramatic volcanic landscapes.

As one of the world’s most popular travel destinations, Santorini is not short of luxury hotels. Guests staying at clifftop hotels are guaranteed an infinity pool, from where you can admire the stunning views. Enjoy a private Terrace at the Mystique hotel in Oia or for one of the most romantic breaks in Europe, book a private cave suite at the Canaves Suites in Oia with your very own pool. If it’s pampering you’re after, head to the Grance Santorini boutique spa hotel, where you can expect pampering, pampering and some more pampering. With its very own champagne lounge, overlooking the infinity pool and panoramic sea views, the hotel also offer luxury in-room treatments and complimentary yoga/pilates sessions in the location of your choice.Finally, when it comes to self-catering villas on the island, you will find it hard to come by a luxury apartment that does not feature its own private pool or Jacuzzi, nestled among the cliff tops, surrounded by olive groves and vineyards.

Santorini is prized for its rich array of produce and is known for its sweet tomatoes, large variety of cucumbers and unique flavour of capers. If you are travelling to this Greek island, be sure to try some of the local delicacies, including: Fava (a purée made from broad beans), tomatokeftdes (aka tomato fritters) and the traditional Sanotrini Sfougato (a quiche, minus the pastry, combining courgettes, spearmint and feta).The flourishing wine industry on the island typically produces dry whites with citrus notes and salty aromas created by the ashy volcanic soil, made from Santorini’s indigenous Greek grape, Assyrtiko. To enjoy these and other typical ingredients of Santorini, you can book a table at one of the islands most popular restaurants, including: To Psaraki for some of the finest seafood, the award winning Koukoumavlos and the authentic Greek cuisine of Lefke.

Top attractions in Santorini, as voted by tourist, encompass the traditional clifftop village of Megalochori, a climb of the main street in Oia to see some of the best views on the island and the famous donkeys, or the historic lighthouse of Akrotiri. If you fancy heading out to sea, why not book a sailing venture or tour to enjoy a day of sunbathing, snorkelling and enjoying views of Santorini like no others. You can also enjoy a day of sampling characteristic Greek wines at the historic Venetsano Winery with its unique architecture and spectacular views. A hiking trip along the Santorini Fira trail is also not to be missed, on which you will climb through the traditional villages of Fira, Firostefani and Imerovigli, where you can admire the ever-changing volcanic landscapes with the sparkling Mediterranean Sea beyond.

The main tourist season of Santorini runs from later June to early September but the Island is particularly lovely to enjoy from April, right through until Early November, when couples on a romantic getaway are most likely to set sights on one the islands breath-taking sunsets. Temperatures soar between July & August, during which time you can see why pretty much everywhere on the island has a tempting pool to cool down in. Due to growing popularity of holidays on the Greek Island of Sanotrini, hotels and tourist destinations are now remaining open throughout the winter months, between later November and early March, when visitors can expect to enjoy the sights without the crowds.