Santorini, a volcanic island in the Cyclades that rests in the middle of the Aegean, is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Greece-- and for good reason. Travel to Santorini and you will be treated to sweeping, dramatic ocean views, pristine beaches, including the black pebble beach of Kamari, traditional Grecian architecture, fine dining, and numerous, excellent local wineries. The island is a well-known international vacation spot and attracts throngs of tourists during peak season, but its local charm and beauty make Santorini travel an unforgettable experience despite the crowd.
Things Not to Miss in Santorini
• Visiting the Museum of Prehistoric Thira, where you can view artifacts found in the ruins of Akrotiri
• Wine tasting at one of the island’s numerous vineyards, including Santo Wines, Argiros Estate, Roussos Winery and Boutari Winery
• Scuba diving and snorkeling off of one of the island’s pristine beaches
• Relaxing on one of the islands many beaches, including Vlychada, a nude beach, and Red Beach, renowned for its spectacular snorkeling
When to Go to Santorini
Peak season on the island begins in early April and ends in late September. While the island is generally far more crowded and expensive during this time period, a visit to Santorini during the island’s off-season is not recommended, as the temperature drops, and the weather turns rainy and windy. In addition, a large percentage of local restaurants and hotels close their doors, making it difficult to fully enjoy the vacation spot.