Cheap flights to Santorini
If you like picture perfect whitewashed Greek villages overlooking turquoise seas, beautiful boutique hotels, and some of the world’ most stunning sunset views, then look no further than the Greek island of Santorini.
This Greek gem is definitely one of the Mediterranean’s chicest islands and as Santorini travel guides will tell you is a place that entices visitors back year after year. Remember all those famous postcards of blindingly white Greek churches overlooking the sea? Well, they were taken here.
At first glance you’d be forgiven for thinking the island is little more than a barren rock, and you’d be right. Santorini was created way back in 1600 BC by a volcanic explosion that blew apart half the island and wiped out Europe’s first civilisation, the Minoans. Today, Santorini is the world’s only inhabited caldera with beautiful, bustling, white villages packed tightly above the 260 metre volcano walls. One look and you can understand why many people claim it to be the lost island of Atlantis.
Get a taste for ancient island art at the Archaeological Museum. Excavations have unearthed numerous frescoes, prehistoric figures and geometric vases that deserve to be seen. Open 9am-4pm; closed Mondays (Fira, tel: 22860 22217).
Don't leave without having visited the recently reopened ruins in Akrotiri, Santorini's answer to Pompeii. Bronze Age streets and buildings, some up to three storeys high, were preserved in volcanic ash, saving some exquisite frescoes, furniture and even a sewer system.