Holidays to Santorini 2016 / 2017
Black volcanic beaches, tiny whitewashed villages and the most amazing sunsets in Greece, that’s what you can expect from holidays in Santorini. The island of Santorini is actually a caldera - the remains of a volcanic cone which literally blew its top off, although it's long dormant, so there's no danger of any further activity! At Co-operative Travel have cheap Santorini holidays in all the best resorts.
If you’re booking last minute Santorini holidays expecting the golden beaches of Corfu or Crete, you might be surprised to learn that Santorini beach sand is formed from volcanic lava and is mostly grey. However, families booking late deals in Santorini don’t see this as too much of a problem, on an island where the sun is almost permanently shining, and the waters are calm enough for a relaxing swim.
Boasting a typical Mediterranean climate of mild winters and warm dry summers, last minute Greece holidays can be booked throughout the year. Long rainy periods are uncommon even in the winter months, and this is when you can snap up some late deals. Santorini resorts are located on both sides of the caldera, with those on the inner perimeter having a steeper approach and darker sands, but safe waters for children. Oia, in the far north of the island, is much favoured by romantic couples, and the best place to view the famous Santorini sunsets. The steep descent to the beaches will reward you with pumice stone souvenirs.
The most popular resorts for cheap Santorini holidays, however, are on the lightly sloping outer perimeter. At Monolithos, a Santorini holiday offers great windsurfing conditions, with strong southerly winds. Santorini package holidays at vibrant Perissa reward you with a 7km beach packed with watersports. Families booking bargain holidays to Santorini’s liveliest resort, Kamari enjoy a Blue Flag beach, diving centre and wide range of clubs, bars and tavernas.
For all-round atmosphere, at Co-operative Travel we recommend Santorini package holidays to Fira, the capital. Accessible only by cable car, donkey or foot, this lively little town has a wide selection of shops, restaurants and tavernas, as well as fascinating ancient ruins.
Booking Ahead - Santorini Holidays 2017/2018
If you’re looking to save money, then why not book ahead? - Great holiday deals and packages are now available for Santorini holidays in 2017.
Booking ahead for your 2017 holiday to Santorini has many advantages. Especially for families who are looking to save money. Parents can book holidays in advance so they can reserve the time off forthcoming school half term and summer holidays.
Book an all-inclusive Santorini holidays for next year and save money now.
Santorini - Holiday Destination Information
Key Information: Santorini was known as ‘Kallisti’ which was a volcanic island in 1450 BC. Due to the volcanic eruption, it had formed natural wonders which now provide breath-taking sights. Santorini is known for its desert-like climate which makes this an extremely popular beach holiday destination. Santorini offers more than just beaches, there are also picturesque villages which you can explore. With so much variety in activities, Santorini holidays are popular with kids and adults.
Ideal Time to Go: Santorini offers beautiful weather throughout the year due to its hot climate. For those who want more sun on their holidays, we recommend booking holidays to Santorini in July and August. These months are the hottest and you’ll be sure to get plenty of sun. If you want cheaper holidays to Santorini, then the best months for cheap holidays to Santorini are January and February. These months are the coolest which means that there will be fewer visitors at that time of the year.
Weather: Santorini has a Mediterranean climate which means that you can expect to get a good amount of sunshine whenever you go on holiday. The hottest month is July, which provides average temperatures at around 26°C, while the coldest month is January and provides temperatures at around 12°C. Overall, Santorini’s weather rarely disappoints.
Flight Time: Direct flights from London to Santorini take around 4 hours.
Time Difference: Santorini is 2 hours ahead of UK time.
Currency: Euro (€)
Fun Fact: Santorini is also known by a few other names: Thera and Thira. The official name is actually Thira.
Top Tip: As the island is quite small, the best method of transportation would be by cycling or walking. Most of the island can be accessed on foot.
Places to Visit on Your Santorini Holiday
Santorini offers a variety of beautiful attractions, fun activities and delicious cuisine. To make the most out of your Santorini holiday, here is our list of recommended places to visit during your holiday.
Oia – This is a very beautiful and picturesque village in Santorini. Located above an extraordinary cliff, it provides breath-taking views of the volcanoes. This quaint village is quite tourist friendly as it has a variety of cafes, taverns, tourist shops and more.
Fira – This town is the capital of Santorini and offers the best views of the entire island. There are plenty of activities and attractions which you can find in Fira, from exploring villages to visiting archaeological museums. There are several restaurants, cafes and bars around the town.
Kamari – This is one of the most popular beach towns on Santorini as it has more shops, bars, restaurants and even a blue flag beach which features dark volcanic sand and pebbles. Overall, Kamari has a very nice and relaxed atmosphere which some may prefer.
How to Get There
Santorini is easily accessible as there are flights available all year round. You can book direct flights and connecting flights to Santorini across the UK. London (Gatwick & Heathrow), Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol and Newcastle all have direct flights available.