Why choose a cruise to Santorini?
The volcanic island of Santorini, with its picture-postcard views and sunny climate, offers visitors an escapist retreat in which to swim, stroll and enjoy leisurely meals in traditional tavernas and open-fronted cafes. It’s famous for its wine – because of the lack of rain on the island, the grapes are grown without irrigation, relying on the moisture in the air. Wine tasting is a popular pursuit and you can expect crisp dry whites, ideal to accompany the numerous fish dishes and succulent seafood salads you’ll enjoy.
A guide to Santorini’s hotspots
You may find it hard to extract yourself from the warm waters and glistening shores, but if you can bear to leave your sun lounger there are a host of attractions ready and waiting for your attention. A trip to ancient Akrotiri, one of the most important sites on the island, is a must for archaeology buffs. This large complex has been given a modern facelift to protect many treasures, but expect to see ancient frescos and fascinating artefacts.
Not far from Akrotiri is the famous Red Beach, so named because of its rust-coloured volcanic sands and matching cliffs. A trip to enjoy the volcano itself and hot springs is another option worth looking into during your stopover.
If you’re travelling out of season, head to the Archaeological Museum on Ypapantis Street, which opens from November to April. With its collection of precious artefacts from ancient times, including early Classical pottery, it’s a pleasant spot to soak up some local culture.
Don’t leave the island without taking some snaps of those famous domed churches and towers. Pyrgos is the place where you’ll find the best examples and it’s also a delightful town to explore on foot with a 13th-century Venetian fortress and maze of narrow lanes.
Cruise lines that sail to the port of Santorini
The best time to visit Santorini
Those wishing to make the most of the beaches should plan their Santorini cruise in July and August when temperatures average a sizzling 26°C with sea temperatures around 25°C.
January is the coldest month at 12°C, still a pleasant temperature for sightseeing, hiking and museum visits. Because of it’s generally dry, mild climate, Santorini definitely fits the bill as a year-round destination.
Did you know?
- The official name of Santorini is Thera
- There are more churches than houses on Santorini, although many are private
- The island didn’t have electricity until the 1970s
- Santorini grows more than 100 varieties of grapes.