One of the most beautiful and famous Greek islands, Santorini erupts with charm, a volcano embraced by the Aegean. This ancient island white-washed landscape of Santorini, built up on the rim of the ancient volcano, induces romance like none other.
Set across the backdrop of the sea, the towering black cliffs and inky waters peering through the narrow walkways make it perfect for an early morning walk with your loved one.
Santorini – also known as Thera in Greek – is the island immortalized by poets and painters, thanks to its celebrated light, multi-coloured cliffs and picture-perfect sunsets. On this island all senses are overblown, a product of its many contrasts: black earth against whitewashed homes clinging to the cliffside, or wild volcanic sculptures against sleek Cycladic lines. Enchanting, romantic, cosmopolitan, stunning, however you describe it, Santorini is a distinctive volcano.
People around the world, most especially tourists and adventurous geeks have a special place in their heart to visit this volcanic Aegean Island making it a point of life’s dream coz the island raises powerful emotions and intense feelings. Get to know it by travelling with Blue Star Ferries and your journey will be as enjoyable as your stay on the island. Board the ship in Piraeus and set sail for breathtaking Santorini.
The journey allows you to explore and have unforgettable experiences in Santorini;
There is no better way to begin the day than walking around the volcano and diving in the warm springs. Take a boat to Nea Kameni, in the centre of the famous Caldera. Around the islet of Palaia Kameni, those who dare will take a dip in Agios Nikolaos bay with its warm springs that give the water its exotic orange colour!
Caldera from up above or by boat. Fly by helicopter over the volcanos which became active 1.5 million years ago or circumnavigate the Caldera of Santorini by boat and admire the imposing volcanic rocks, where villages with hyposkafa – homes with extensions dug sideways into the volcanic rock- are perched.
Finding your balance on the edge of the precipice. The walk from Fira to Firostefani, to Imerovigli and then Oia on the edge of the Caldera will be an unforgettable experience.
Sunset in Oia. Take your position early on in Goula, Oia and live this unique experience. Then get to know Oia from up close, with its colourful, hyposkafa buildings, minimalist churches, sea captains’ houses, old wineries, luxurious hotels, restaurants, cafes and elegant shops.
Akrotiri, the Aegean Pompeii. Covered with an ultra-modern bioclimatic shelter, Akrotiri is one of the most stunning archaeological sites in the Aegean.
Luxurious accommodation. Suites and villas with a view to the volcanos, pools and Jacuzzis, hyposkafa with indoor bathing, massage and specialized treatments, private gourmet dinners and local wines, butlers, helicopters and private vessels for sailing around the Caldera.
The wines of the ancient vineyard. In the visitor-friendly wineries of Santorini you will be introduced to the flavours and aromas of the wines produced in the 3,200-year-old volcanic vineyard. Try the renowned Vinsanto and the wines made from the local varieties of grape, asyrtiko, atheri and aidani.
Volcanic beaches. Perivolos and Perissa, Kamari, Vlihada, Kokkini (red) and Aspri (white) beach… Marvel at the rocks hewn by nature’s most visceral forces and the black and red volcanic sand you will find there!
Award-winning flavours with a view to the Caldera. The award-winning chefs of Santorini’s restaurants will bring you the exquisite and original flavours of the island. Try the local cherry tomatoes, grown in arid conditions, tomato patties, white aubergines, fresh cheese and locally grown cucumbers.
The unexplored Santorini. The tower of Nimborio, Skaros in Imerovigli, Akrotiri castle and lighthouse, ancient Thera above Kamari, the hyposkafa hamlets of Vothonas and Karterados, Megalohori, Finikia and its old wineries, somehow reminiscent of rural Mexico, are but a few of Santorini’s secrets waiting to be uncovered!
Make your dream come true: discover the magic of Santorini and enjoy every new revelation travelling in style and comfort onboard Blue Star Ferries, with up to two daily departures from Piraeus with Blue Star Delos and Blue Star 2.
Things to do in Santorini
A walk along the volcano of Nea Kameni
Red and black rocks create a wild landscape around the crater on Nea Kameni, a small island at the centre of the caldera. From the top of a volcano with a 2.5 million-year history, you have an incredible view of the caldera. The myth that Santorini is the ancient city of Atlantis, which submerged over 9,500 years ago, comes to life before your eyes.
A spa in the Aegean Sea
If you don’t have a boat, you can easily rent one or hop on a day cruise at Athinio, Gialos or Ammoudi, and take a tour around the caldera. Discover the churches built into caves and the old stairs used for mining excavations along the cliffs. On the small island of Palia Kameni, if you dare, you can dive into the thermal waters that form a volcanic spa.
Get your feet onto higher ground
Holidays in the villages of the caldera are one of a kind, with extraordinary cave-like houses grouped together in volcanic soil. Enjoy a leisurely stroll from Fira to Firostefani and Imerovigli. The more adventurous can challenge themselves by taking the path to Oia, passing the Prophet Elijah’s Church, the Chapel of the Cross and the Black Mountain, which is iridescent at sunset, all of which makes a walk that defies description.
Summertime and the living is easy
Santorini is one of the most luxurious destinations in Greece. Plunge into one of the infinity pools that flirt with the edge of the cliff, the Aegean laid out in front of you in all its glory. Relax on a sun bed, refreshing cocktail in your hand. Enjoy a massage in your suite and a dip in your jacuzzi.
Candle-lit terraces glimmer when the sun dips behind the volcano. An intimate dinner for two, paired with a fine wine from a world-renowned volcanic vineyard and views of the caldera. Holidays at Santorini’s luxurious hotels and restaurants will certainly bring your dreams to life.
Head to Santorini Island and let gorgeousness overtake as you relax and watch the sun wash the splendid white and blue backdrop.