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Santorini Holidays

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CurrencyEUR: Euro LanguageGreek Flight Duration3 hours 45 minutes (from the UK) Time ZoneGMT +2 hours

More and more people are realising just how picturesque the Greek island group of the Cyclades are, however the pretty spot of Santorini in the heart of the South Aegean Sea often floats under the radar when tourists consider their action-packed beach breaks. The result is a laidback Greek paradise, perfect for couples and sightseers who wish to discover more of what this volcanic island holds.

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Great Places to Visit

From exploring the villages that sit at the top of the island’s crater, to lounging on the Blue Flag volcanic grey beaches, Santorini has something for all.

Watch the Sun Set Over Oia

In most places on the island, the sun sets over the volcano, but if you head to the gorgeous town of Oia, you will be able to witness the unrestricted red and orange hues of the sun falling beyond the horizon. As the rays bathe the cubic whitewashed buildings, make sure you have your camera ready for the photo opportunities.

Walk Along the Caldera

If you want to benefit from the best views of the caldera (crater) and the seascape, hike between the towns of Fira and Oia and bask in the beauty of your surroundings. Hiking trails in Santorini are excellent, with walks suitable for all abilities offering a great way of exploring this photogenic island at your own pace.

Ride the Cable Car in Fira

It’s a great way to get from Fira to the coast below, but as you descend the steep cliffside, the panoramic views are what the cable car ride is really beneficial for. As you ascend, you will see Fira clinging to the side of the cliffs, home to a whole host of boutiques, museums and restaurants for you to enjoy.

Discover Some Ancient Ruins

Located in the south west of the island, the ruins of Akrotiri are a reflection of what Bronze Age civilisation was like. They were discovered in the mid-19th century, and buildings are still being unearthed today. Around 40 buildings have been excavated, which once made up this Minoan town buried in volcanic ash.

Getting Around

The island is easy to get around, and taxis are popular. There is also a regular local bus service, and car, quad and moped hire are also options. Shuttle bus services can help you to get between airport and resort, and there are private bus tour services also available. Boat trips can get you between the major coastal towns, and plenty of walking trails mean you can explore by foot.

By Bus

There is an air-conditioned bus network that operates on the island, which is inexpensive. It can get very crowded during the peak season, though. Timetables are available online.

By Car

Car hire is a great way of exploring the island at your own pace, and offers an easy way of seeing the less-touristy side of the island. An international driving permit is recommended. Driving is on the right.

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Passports and Visas

As a British citizen, you won’t need a visa to enter Santorini. However, your passport needs to be valid for the duration of your stay. For more information and advice, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/greece/entry-requirements or the Foreign Office at www.fco.gov.uk/en/

Health and Safety

Comprehensive travel insurance is essential, to help protect you while you’re on holiday. Get a free EHIC before you go, too. For more info, see www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/greece/health

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