When you picture the whitewashed walls and blue doors of breezy Santorini, Greece, you’d never believe that it’s a daring getaway. Well, kind of—escape to the southern Aegean Sea knowing that you going to nosh on grilled fish, sample wine and go hiking—all around the rim of a volcanic caldera. Don’t worry though, mate. The most formative eruption took place thousands of years ago and was blamed on a sorceress getting even with the dude who left her. So, um, don’t dump your sweetheart while on a Santorini holiday. Instead, enjoy the gorgeous weather and equally warm hospitality of locals. Book one of our Santorini packages right here on lastminute.com.au and get going. Opa!
Santorini is home to several small towns and cities, with the capital, Fira, on the west coast. With archaeological digs, wineries and beaches from shore to shore, be sure to build one of our Santorini holiday packages with accommodation near your favourite activities. Lace up your hiking shoes and sift through the Ancient Thera (Santorini’s alias) excavation site on the east coast, looking out over the sea like a nosy neighbour. From OG Santorini, you’re a short distance from Perissa Beach, where the water’s clean and calm and the sand is almost black. To learn about all that really old stuff you just saw, spend an arvo at the Museum of Prehistoric Thera in Fira. To keep ambling through the Greek isle, book one of our awesome Santorini car hire options and drive north to the charming village of Oia, where you’ll find iconic villas with blue doors and domes. Oia’s Byzantine castle will ruin you on all other castles (because it’s already in ruins).
We ain’t saying you’re a gold digger, but if you are, check out the handcrafted jewellery scene in Fira, considered one of the best places to find gleaming bling in Greece. The capital city and Oia are hot beds of open air markets and designer boutiques that sell anything from fresh octopuses—octopi?—to woven rugs.
In Santorini, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a dinner without bottles of locally sourced wine. Take this in stride with a wine tour and a nice side of fava beans. Fava me Koukia is a mashed fava dish served as a base for roasted veggies and savoury sauces. Santorini holidays are never far from a delicious slab of feta cheese, prepared in a salad, fried or wrapped in a flakey spinach pie…why aren’t you in Greece already?
In Santorini, the nightlife is like the sunsets you’ll see from the cliffs of Oia—a brilliant mix of colours, from ungodly neon cocktails to the dim glow of small-time pubs and family-run restaurants. While the late-night culture is easy-going, especially in the warm months, club-crazed visitors will not be disappointed by the dance scene in Fira.
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There are about 597 Santorini hotels listed on lastminute.com.au. With such a fabulous range to select from, finding that perfect place will be easy!
Voyagers heading over to the island on a strict budget will be able to manage. The Sun Rocks Boutique Hotel (Fira - Firostefani) and the Villa Renos (Fira) are a couple of accommodations that offer value for money. Alternatively, a more lavish experience awaits at The Vasilicos or the Celestia Grand.
^Savings based on all package bookings made with Flight + Hotel on lastminute.com.au from January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2019, as compared to the price of the same components booked separately. Savings will vary based on origin/destination, length of trip, stay dates and selected travel supplier(s). Savings not available on all packages.