Santorini

This tiny Greek island is famous for one of the most beautiful views on earth.

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Add in jumbled cliffside villages full of traditional blue and white architecture, dramatic black and red sand beaches, craggy cliffs and its own volcano, and it becomes clear that Santorini is an island unlike any other.

Arriving at Santorini Airport 

Coming in to land on Santorini is an experience in itself, as the island (and the airport) feel impossibly small on approach. The airport is the only one on the island and also serves as a base for military aircraft. It's small and basic; you won't find coffee shops and duty-free at this little island hub, although limited arrivals mean that you should move through the airport pretty swiftly.

Many hotels on the island offer an airport collection service, which may be the easiest option. There will usually be some local taxis waiting outside, but these can quickly disappear when faced with a plane-full of new arrivals. There's also a bus service going to the island's capital, Fira (20 minutes away). While this is a super-cheap option at just €2 a ticket, there are only three to four departures per day, and the buses can be very crowded – often with standing room only.

Your other option is to hire a car, although you'll need to be a confident driver to cope with the winding island roads, crowded driving conditions (especially in Fira), and the local drivers who may take a less cautious approach than you're likely to.

Festivals and events

Despite not being huge on nightlife, Santorini hosts two summertime music festivals, as well as the Ifestia Festival (celebrating the island's volcano with music and entertainment) in August.

Megaron Gyzi Festival

A three-week festival held at Fira's Gyzi Cultural Centre in Fira, with events including jazz and classical concerts, and art exhibitions. Usually runs for the first three weeks in August.

International Music Festival of Santorini Island

Artists of all genres from around the world are invited to Fira to perform for the summer crowds. Usually held in the first three weeks in September at the Petros M. Nomikos Conference Centre.