The Island Of Santorini - A Taste Of Island Paradise

  • Chloe Marshman
  • 20 Jul 23

Santorini is the embodiment of a Grecian paradise. Formed by an enormous volcanic eruption, the island lies nestled within the Aegean Sea as a fragment of its former mainland.

Image credit: Jeremy van Heerde

Image credit: Jeremy van Heerde

From iconic cycladic architecture and unique landscapes to their stunning sunsets and volcanic beaches, the island of Santorini is a must for your European bucket list. If you’re interested in learning everything you need to know about this popular destination, read on. 



The island of Santorini - what you need to know

Having grown up in Europe, my annual family holidays would usually take me to the islands of Greece – my love for the country began from an early age. However, visiting the island of Santorini had always eluded me, and it was only in 2011 that I finally set foot on this delightful island.

You may well have already conjured up an idea of what Santorini island is like before you’ve even seen it, and I’m sure your imagination wouldn’t disappoint when compared with reality.

Its layered cliffs tower above the azure sea below, revealing the beautiful caldera that forms the island’s western edge. Whitewashed dwellings litter the terraced rock, occasionally dotted with a blue domed roof and a Cycladic windmill.

Whitewashed buildings in the Island of Santorini

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Whether you are on land or at sea, this side of the island offers awe-inspiring views. And at night, the twinkling lights of houses, upmarket hotels, and restaurants create a star-filled galaxy of their own.

The impressive view in the Island of Santorini

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Explore the towns of Fira and Oia


The island’s two main towns, Fira and Oia, offer the best of what you would expect from this idyllic settlement. Nuzzled behind the caldera within the centre of the island, Fira, is the main bustling town. On a stroll through the streets, you will discover plenty of charming shops, traditional Greek taverns, and sleek bars.

Fira and Ora in the the Island of Santorini

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The first time I visited Santorini, I was fortunate enough to stay in Fira at a cave hotel located deep on the caldera’s edge. The unspoilt views from such dizzying heights are both stunning and exhilarating.



In comparison, Fira’s good looking ‘sister’, Oia, sits teetering on the northern tip of the island. Offering much the same as its counterpart, Oia draws what seems like the island’s entire tourist population at sunset.

This sight is a real spectacle, as the huge fireball disappears behind the Aegean Sea followed by gasps and a multitude of camera clicks!

Although the west scores highest for beauty, the island’s eastern coast presents a different draw card altogether. The volcanic-sand beaches of Perissa and Kamari provide a conventional Greek island holiday experience with sun-lounger laden sand, relaxed tavernas serving delicious local food, and typical souvenir shops.

Oia on the Island of Santorini

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During the the summer months, both offer what every beach lover could ever hope for.

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Having travelled quite extensively, Santorini is a destination I would return to again and again. The island’s contrast of charm, elegance and classic Greek features are guaranteed to leave an everlasting impression. If you want to discover this Greek island paradise, you can on our Greece in Depth small group tour. If you have any questions about this blog or our Europe small group tours, please don’t hesitate to contact one of our friendly Travel Specialists on 1800 286 645. 


The Greek island of Santorini: FAQs

What are the best things to do in Santorini?

There are an array of fun activities and sites you can explore on this beautiful island. Some of the most popular choices include:

  • Visiting the ancient city of Akrotiri
  • Ruins of ancient Thera
  • Blue domed church
  • Red beach
  • Castle of Oia
  • Three Bells of Fira
  • Santorini Wine Museum
  • Ammoudi Bay

Why is the island of Santorni so famous?

Santorini is always a winning tourist attraction due to its beautiful scenery, which includes stunning sunset views and black sand beaches. This is truly a magical destination that is filled with intriguing history, delicious food and vibrant locals. This island is most certainly worth a visit! 

What food is Santorini known for?

Santorini, Greece is well-known for their delicious and colourful range of fresh foods. So if you’re visiting the island, we recommend trying some of these popular foods:

  • Saganaki (fried cheese in filo pastry with honey)
  • Greek salad
  • Fava me koukia (fava bean side dish)
  • Kofta
  • Tomatokeftedes (tomato fritters)
  • Pomegranates
  • Cretan dako salad
  • Fresh seafood
  • Spanakopita (spinach pie)


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