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Guide to Santorini 2018, officially known as Thira

The most beautiful island?

Santorini is one of the most spectacular Greek islands - part of the Cyclades islands, so called because they form a circle around the ancient island of Delos.

Nothing can prepare you for the first magical view of the towering multi-coloured lava layered cliffs rising out of an azure blue sea, topped with clusters of whitewashed villages and stunning cobalt blue-domed Byzantine churches.

It is picture postcard stunning, with no need of any artistic touching up - blue, blue sea, snow-white buildings and wonderful blue domes abound everywhere, particularly in the capital Fira and the ancient town of Oia. Away from the caldera, Santorini has many quiet corners where the pace of life slows right down and you can experience the timeless peace of rural Greece. The historic villages of Pirgos and Megalochori are particularly worth a visit.

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Top 10 - What to see and do on Santorini


The Caldera

- visit the volcanic island of Nea Kameni and swim in the hot sulphur springs of Palia Kameni


Sunset at Oia

(known locally as Ia), enjoy a meal or drink at this beautiful village overlooking the scenic Caldera

wine tasting


and see the extensive vine growing areas of the island by following the wineroads - Santo Wines in Megalohori

red beach

Visit the stunning Beaches

- try a different one every day - relax or swim in crystal clear water

fira shops

Souvenir shopping

at Fira and Oia - designer fashion and fabulous jewellery and gold shops


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How safe are Greek islands?

Current UK Foreign Office advice states that there is no specific threat to visitors from the UK.

F.O. advice also states that , in common with many holiday destinations, British nationals are not normally considered a specific target, but attacks could happen in places visited by foreigners.

Santorini is considered a relatively safe destination and does not have the issues with refugees and migrants which affect some of the greek islands which are closer to Turkey.

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