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 Rising out of the crystalline waters of the Aegean Sea, Santorini's otherwordly volcanic landscape of black and red-sand beaches and enormous caldera meet quintessentially Greek white-washed houses and blue-domed churches.


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During summer shops tend to open in the morning at 10am and close at 9pm. During wintertime hours may vary.



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The Island

The island's beauty has been waxed lyrical over the years, fully earning the epithet "kalliste" (the most beautiful). Along with "Strogili", this was one of the former names lent to the island over its troubled history. Its history is one of battles and conquers, of a tragic eruption and a blossoming renaissence – events that haven't altered Santorini's charm but that undoubtedly scarred it.

Together with the inhabited Therania and five other smaller islands, Thera (Santorini's Greek name) belongs to the namesake archipelago which is the vestige of a volcanic caldera. Places of unspoiled nature and postcard-like views, the islands are reachable by boat and bear the original appeal of the old-fashioned Santorini.

The main island is split further into picturesque villages masterly painted in dazzling blue and white hues, outlining the holiday resort's multi-faceted personality and its extraordinary variety of landscapes.

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Do & See

Santorini is a colourful place which sets the senses alight. The scent of wine grapes and vineyards, the unique taste of tomatoes grown solely on volcanic soil, the smoothness of the white pebbles and turquoise waters, the buzz of nightlife, and the visual art that is the sun setting behind the village of Oia and the caldera.. This is a place of colour, flavour and adventure.


Oia Village

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Red Beach (Kokkini Paralia)

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Hiking Fira - Imerovigli - Oia


Perissa Beach


Ancient Thera

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Wine Tour - Fira

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Akrotiri Excavations

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Venetian Castles

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Pyrgos Kallistis

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Nea Kameni - Boat trip

Quinn Comendant

Therasia (Thirasia)

Klearchos Kapoutsis

Museum of Prehistoric Thera

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Archaeological Museum of Thera


Amoundi Bay

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Without mentioning dazzling panoramas, the mesmerising sea or vibrant villages, Santorini's culinary tradition would be something worth experiencing on its own.

Borrowing a pronounced Mediterranean diet from the mainland, Santorini shares a tendency to use vegetables, quality olive oil, meat and fresh seafood generously, creating its own cuisine by adding products that are cultivated solely on its fertile soil.

Try the island's peculiar white eggplant with mozzarella, or sample the unique "Tomatokeftedes", tomato fritters made of Santorini's own produce, and accompany it beautifully with a glass of Vinsanto - the experience will be matched by an unrivalled view from one of the picturesque taverns the island is studded with.


Theoni's Kitchen - Fira


Volcano Blue - Fira


Convivium - Fira

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Nick The Grill - Fira


Anogi Restaurant - Imerovigli


Avocado - Imerovigli

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Skaros Fish Restaurant - Imerovigli

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Ambrosia - Oia


Pelekanos - Oia

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Ammoudi Fish Tavern - Oia

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Karma - Oia

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Demilmar - Perissa


The Good Heart - Akrotiri

Two chairs and a small table with a wonderful view in Santorini, Greece. Kotsovolos Panagiotis/


A laid-back attitude accompanies the whole Greek lifestyle, and it is little wonder that in Santorini and the Greek Islands it is emphasized even more. Coffee breaks are a serious matter and a remarkable part of the day, making "kafeterias" appealing hangouts in the suggestive towns.

The most popular version of the traditional coffee is an espresso-like brew that tends to share similarities with the Turkish coffee, infused with a sharp flavour, escorting the hearty Greeks throughout the day.

Santorini's scorching sun has led both locals and tourists to opt for a more chilled, and yet equally efficient, option, creating a break that is ideal for an iced coffee, a frappe or an ice-cream.

Klearchos Kapoutsis

Melenio - Oia

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Lolita's Gelato - Oia

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Skiza Cafe - Oia

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Pelican Kipos Cafe - Fira

Two chairs and a small table with a wonderful view in Santorini, Greece. Kotsovolos Panagiotis/

Bars & Nightlife

Santorini's nightlife revolves around its bustling capital, a buzzing hub that houses most of the island's foreign-patronized clubs and happening hangouts. The hectic town-centre livens up at night, rocking until dawn in a uniform mixture of tourists and locals.

Despite the other villages' less renowned bar-scene, Santorini's holiday resorts, having developed substantially around tourism, are certainly not to be underrated. Picturesque bars litter the main drags, often gifting the travelers with breath-taking panoramas.

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Wine Tour - Fira

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Wet Stories - Perivolos Beach


Koo Club - Fira


PK Cocktail Bar - Fira


Mamounia Club - Fira

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Casablanca Soul Bar - Fira

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Pelican Kipos Wine Bar - Fira


V Lounge - Fira


Tango Bar - Fira


Tropical Bar - Fira

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Santorini is in all aspects a work of art, and its souvenirs and local produce doubtlessly reflect the island's beautiful facets. Oia and above all Fira are the island's major shopping destinations, places of unrivaled charm where traditional shops line up neatly down narrow streets.

In Santorini a visit to one of the local art galleries is a must: evocative handicrafts, folk art and jewelry can be bought at accessible prices, guaranteeing a souvenir that mirrors the authenticity of the villages.

Another worthy shopping experience is all about local produce. The diversity of products makes it hard to choose from the numerous delicacies grown on the island's volcanic soil. Fava, the Greek version of split peas, is particularly unique in Santorini and it is used to make a down-to-earth, yet scrumptious, puree. The island's grapes make a heavenly wine that is exported worldwide and can be bought in any of the local wineries. Last but not least comes Santorini's trademark tomato, the locals' pride and a must try for food-aficionados - wonderfully appetizing and juicy.

In Santorini, go for local produce, handicrafts or jewelry - either way, it will be an unmatched experience.

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The Good Heart - Akrotiri

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Scalini Shoes - Fira

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Tzamia - Krystalla Art Gallery - Fira

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Mati Art Gallery - Fira

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Aiolos Art - Fira

Klearchos Kapoutsis

Souvenirs - Fira


Epilekton - Oia

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Eponymo - Oia

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Tourist Information

Santorini National Airport

Situated North of Kamari village, Santorini's Airport (JTR) is only 6 km away from downtown Fira. The airport is connected to the capital by a bus service, and the journey takes approximately 20 minutes. Buses are not frequent and may not run throughout the whole day: you will find a schedule outside the airport, before the exit. If you wish to get a private or shared transfer, you can either book it in advance (one option: or find one of the companies located at the arrivals terminal. As the bus service is not particularly efficient, renting a car is also a valid option, especially if you are planning on going on a tour of the island. You will find 3 car rental desks located at the arrivals terminal.

Address: Santorini Airport, Santorini


Phone: +30 22860 28400


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Donkey Ride

Santorini's "mule taxi" is a tradition that is unfortunately renowned worldwide, as donkeys are used to walk up the steep climbs of the island and are a main attraction for tourists. Travelers are urged not to use donkeys as means of transportation because of the poor condition in which the animals are kept.

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Public Transport

A network of buses connects the capital, Fira, to all the major holiday resorts, running to Oia, Perissa and Kamari every 20 minutes. Buses run also from Fira to Vourvoulus, Exo Gonia, Akrotiri, Monolithos, Vlihada, Baxedes and to the airport, but they are less frequent. Please note that there are no direct buses from one side of the island to the other, and changeovers must be done at the Fira bus terminal.

Address: Stathmos Leoforion, Fira


Phone: +30 22860 25404


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Several taxi companies operate in Santorini, and, though there are fixed fares, you should always negotiate the price before booking. You can book a taxi for a ride or for the entire day and visit the different seaside resorts and sights, or you can opt for a shared transfer by booking a shuttle service.





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Car Rental

You can rent a car, a motorbike or a scooter, which allows you to explore the island with no time limit.

Santorini Easy Car Rental: Epar.Od. Mesarias-Archeas, Fira Santorini +30 2286 082652

Santorini Car Rental: Kamari, +30 21 1800 1258

Santorini Car Hire: Kamari +30 21 1800 3693

Address: Santorini Airport, Santorini


Phone: +30 21 1800 3693


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The main post offices are situated in Fira, Emporio and Oria. Here, you will be able to mail letters, buy stamps and postcards. Mail boxes are located in all major holiday resorts and they are always yellow with a blue sign. The service is run by a company called ELTA, which is the name you will find outside every post office in blue and yellow colours.

Address: Fira, Santorini




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Pharmacies in Greece tend to be small, sometimes family run, private businesses. You will find pharmacies in all major holiday resorts, with a great concentration in Fira.

Pharmacies are closed on Saturday and Sunday: this implies that you will have to buy your supplies before the weekend starts and, if you need some urgent medication you will have to contact a doctor.

Pharmacy Zacharopoulos: Fira, Santorini, +30 2286 023444

Pharmacy Gazi: Fira Central Square, +30 2286 022700

The Central Clinic of Fira provides health services 24/7 .

Health Centre (Fira): +30 2286 022237 , +30 2286 022237

Address: Fira, Santorini


Phone: +30 2286 023444


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Area code: 22860





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