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Holidays in Santorini

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Top hotels in Santorini

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Ira Hotel & Spa
Ira Hotel & Spa
4 out of 5
Firostefani, Santorini, Santorini Island
The price is AU$187 per night from 2 Oct. to 3 Oct.
4.7/5Exceptional! (454 reviews)

"Had a great stay at the IRA hotel this week. Given COVID the hotel was short-staffed but the rooms were cleaned on time, breakfast was reasonable and the hotel manager spent a lot of time recommending places to go and bars/restaurants on check-in. He also gave us an upgrade to a caldera view as the ..."…"

Reviewed on 2 Aug. 2020

Ira Hotel & Spa
Volcano View Hotel Santorini
Volcano View Hotel Santorini
5 out of 5
Fira, Santorini, Santorini Island
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$178 per night from 14 Oct. to 15 Oct.
4.6/5Wonderful! (552 reviews)

"If there was an ‘excellent ’ button I would have clicked it. This place is sooo amazing. Views, staff, location, access, service, bar staff, breakfast. We came as a couple and loved the time to ourselves. Our friend joined us a couple of days later and were also blown away. We organised sped boat ..."…"

Reviewed on 7 Sep. 2020

Volcano View Hotel Santorini
Dana Villas & Infinity Suites
Dana Villas & Infinity Suites
4 out of 5
Firostefani, Santorini, Santorini Island
The price is AU$302 per night from 4 Oct. to 5 Oct.
4.4/5Excellent! (359 reviews)

"The service was SPOT ON. Everything about the staff and the scenery was perfect."…"

Reviewed on 4 Aug. 2020

Dana Villas & Infinity Suites

Top activities in Santorini

Santorini Red Sunset Cruise
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Santorini Red Sunset Cruise

AU$139
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Catamaran Dream Catcher Caldera Cruise with Barbecue
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Catamaran Dream Catcher Caldera Cruise with Barbecue

AU$178
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Santorini Gems Morning Cruise
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Santorini Gems Morning Cruise

AU$235
Per adult
96% of travellers recommend

Santorini Holidays

This Aegean island has been charming visitors for centuries with its pretty villages, romantic sunsets and tranquil pace of life. Santorini rises dramatically from the sea on a crescent-shaped basin, or caldera, formed by an ancient volcanic eruption. Its whitewashed villages tumble haphazardly down the cliffs, dotted with churches and windmills while, at its shoreline, colourful fishing boats bob and toss on the sparkling waves.

The island was named by the Venetians who landed here in the 13th century and dedicated it to Saint Irene. A devastating earthquake in 1956 destroyed many of the ancient buildings, but it has been thoughtfully rebuilt in the traditional style and has lost none of its historic charm.

The capital, Firá, is a popular stopping-off point for island-hopping cruise ships, with plenty of shops, restaurants and bars to keep the holiday crowd happy. Picturesque Oia on the island’s northernmost tip is known for its romantic sunsets and typical blue and white houses, while the timeless village of Pyrgos has plenty of friendly tavernas as well as a 15th-century castle. The eye-catching black sand beaches of Perivolos and Perissa are popular spots for sunbathing, while the rocky coastal strips around Mesa Pigadia and Pori are fun to explore on foot.

Santorini enjoys a pleasant climate all year round, with temperatures averaging 29° C in the summer and around 15° C in winter. The narrow village streets and steeply banked harbours can get very busy during the peak tourist season though, so if you want to avoid the crowds choose a quieter time of year.

There is an airport on the east side of the island served by both scheduled and charter flights and most of the main sites are accessible by road. An economical way to see this compact island is by hiring a taxi or renting a car to get from A to B.