Santorini, the crème de la crème of the Cyclades, sits patiently through the mild Greek winter, waiting to bloom come spring and summer. In anticipation of greeting the dramatic Caldera and its whitewashed clifftop settlement, Santorini’s colourful beaches, the iconic churches, and the majestic sunset, it seems like summer cannot come soon enough! And Santorini would not be considered such a top destination if it could not offer riveting experiences to a wide range of travellers.
In fact, the gem of the Cyclades has many different experiences to offer, depending on the visitor’s circumstances and preferences. It appeals to many kinds of guests, exciting them at each opportunity and this is why it has a high rate of returning visitors. Let’s look at the ways of experiencing the best of Santorini, come summer.
Serene seclusion at Akrotiri
Akrotiri is probably the least known area of Santorini, as most of the action tends to happen at the town centre, Fira and at the sunset mecca of Oia. Being at the southernmost cape of the crescent shaped island, Akrotiri offers the visitor with an exceptional vantage point, from which you can see the striking Caldera in plain sight.
The visuals here are so refreshing, and you’ll blatantly observe the interesting, tactile stratas of the receded rock upon which the Caldera emerged, while the whitewashed houses it’s clifftop shine brightly against the generous Greek sun. It is an ideal location for a romantic retreat or a honeymoon; choose to stay at the ultimate romantic hideout of Santorini, Astarte Suites, and feel like the only two people on the planet.
Sauntering around Fira town
Fira town is the centre of Santorini, where most of the commercial action is happening; packed with restaurants, bars and cafes perched on the cliff side, any one of these is guaranteed to offer you breathtaking views of the volcano opposite. In Fira town you will find a healthy mix between designer shops of garments and jewellery, many local stores selling traditional products, various souvenir places and some mini markets or traditional ‘bakalika’.
As you walk around the labyrinth of cobblestone streets, you may meet a donkey or two out on a ride, while you will come across touristic services and excursion agents, plus some truly spectacular and luxurious hotels blended together with the quaint houses of the locals.
This diversity makes staying in such a central location perfect for families. There is so much to discover – any walk around Fira town will not be the same as the last or next one. Families can take advantage of staying in Fira and get a free 4 hour Santorini island tour offered with the Family Suites at Kalisti Hotel, showing you all the top landmarks!
Sunset evenings in Oia
Oia’s sunset has been described as enchanting, captivating, even disarming. The truth is words can’t describe it accurately, as the magic of the sunset is found in the emotions that are made to stir internally, whilst gazing into its magnificence. It is undoubtedly one of the world’s most famous sunsets, filling the Greek sky with a warm, colourful veil of orange, pink and purple hues, before the blazing sun retires for the night, diving into the deep blue of the Aegean sea.
Locals say that the best place to see the sun do its… daily dance, is at Oia castle; beat the crowds and stay at a suite with direct sunset view at Art Maisons Oia Castle Luxury Suites. This way you’ll experience something phenomenal – the profound liberation of watching the mesmerising sunset against the most thrilling of nature’s backdrops, whilst in the comfort of your own sunset suite, surrounded by elegance from another era. More on Art Maisons here.
Did you know that apart from the modern day Santorini, the island also boasts a vast and interesting ancient history? Akrotiri is a prominent area where ancient findings were made, leading to the Akrotiri excavations of Santorini’s Minoan Bronze Age. Ancient Thera is another settlement dating back to 9thy century B.C, built on a steep ridge of Messavouno mountain, with remnants of ancient residencies still standing. Your thirst for archeological knowledge can be quenched by opting to take archeological tours of these unusual Santorinian landmarks, many of which you can find on the island.
However, there are others that require a slightly different approach; why not consider a Classical Greece cruise on a boutique cruiser, and get the most out of sailing through the Cyclades? Optional tours of each island are available too, so you can experience a handful of destinations and get the most out of them at the same time.
Now, if you don’t know where to start, or you’d like to be sure that you’ve covered all bases, then trust the Greek summer holiday experts, Theros Collection. Theros means summer in Greek, and summer in Greece is synonymous with these pleasant things: sea, sun & fun! Explore Santorini via yachting and experience a sense of freedom like no other. Fill your mind with ever changing visuals of unprecedented natural beauty. Every port is a unique place offering a distinctive experience in terms of scenic landscapes and gastronomy. Every cove is a new place to call your personal, handpicked paradise.
And if you’re not the sailing kind, but still want to experience a personalised Santorinian summer, the boutique travel company features sensational boutique hotels as well as unique Villas and Traditional Houses, combining your stay with anything else you may need: from transport to tours to dining to activities, the driving factors of Theros are those that offer each guest a one-of-a-kind holiday experience: holidays characterised by authenticity, manifested in quality and culminating in pleasure.