Pretty whitewashed towns, world famous sunsets and blue-domed churches – this month’s destination is the everlasting beauty of Santorini.
It’s known as one of the most romantic islands in the world and we can certainly see why, with striking pebble beaches, never-ending vineyards and Greek charm. Planning on popping the question? Santorini is known as a hot-spot for weddings and honeymoons due to its alluring landscapes and story-telling streets.
This Greek island is a volcanic island that sits in the Aegean Sea, and is renowned for its steep colourful cliffs. Its natural beauty is one of the biggest draws to the island, as well as being the home to some of the world’s most amazing wine. This is one of Greece’s most popular destinations – with ancient cities, amazing restaurants, black-sand beaches and volcanoes, it’s truly one of a kind. It’s vibrant capital Fira is situated at the very top of the cliffs, so if you visit here you’ll experience only the best views of the island.
You’ll also find museums, craft studios, wineries and a bustling shopping district. Swim in hot springs, get up close and personal with a volcano, explore ancient churches and relax on three of Santorini’s most famous beaches. It’s safe to say you’ll certainly tick things off your bucket-list when visiting this little slice of heaven.
Beaches, bars & brilliant culture…
The beaches in Santorini are unlike any other, with their distinct red and black sands. The cliffs that loom over beaches make a surreal setting for swimming and sunbathing. In fact, Santorini is a world-famous diving point – you’ll find many dare devils jumping from the cliff edges. The beach is also a great place to grab a bite to eat and indulge in that delicious Greek cuisine. Grilled meat is a Greek delicacy – and with gyros, wraps and pitta available in every restaurant, you can fill your face with tasty treats.
Once you’re done indulging, head out on an adventure and discover some of Santorini’s history and culture. There are more than 600 churches and chapels and most of them are caved. Take a donkey ride around the town and explore – it’s one of the most popular ways to see the island. See the ruins of the Ancient Thira where the Hellenistic temples once sat, and head to the museum of Fira where you’ll find some of their findings. Get lost down cobbled streets and discover hidden gems – you’ll need your camera, this island is nothing short of picture-perfect!
People flock to this stunning Greek island simply for the sunsets – but what you may not know is that this breathtaking destination is a movie hot-spot. Looking for a glimpse? Check out Mamma Mia, Summer Love and Lara Croft: Tomb Raider.
Did you know?
- Santorini used to be a round island, but during an earthquake and volcanic outbreak in the 15th century, the middle of the island sunk – giving it the shape it has today.
- The legend is, that the underwater island of Atlantis was once where Santorini is situated
- The reason the houses are whitewashed is due to the extreme heat – it prevents the houses from getting too warm.
- Santorini’s official name is Thira!
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