During a holiday in Santorini you can expect black volcanic beaches, tiny whitewashed villages, and the most amazing sunsets in Greece. The island of Santorini is actually a caldera, meaning a large volcanic crater, and at Co-operative Travel we have cheap Santorini holidays in all this gorgeous island’s best resorts.
Boasting a typical Mediterranean climate of mild winters and warm dry summers, last minute Greece holidays can be booked with us throughout the year. Santorini is a particular favourite destination for couples and a popular honeymoon spot, with some sensational properties available looking out across the sea. Some of these accommodations include Jacuzzis and private swimming pools, for that extra-special touch to your Greek island holiday.
Romantic couples – What could be more romantic than watching a Greek island sunset sipping wine with your significant other?
Scenery lovers – Surrounded by some of Greece’s best beaches and the dazzling sea, Santorini is a visual treat.
Foodies – The island is a fabulous choice for those who appreciate fine Greek food.
The most famous and, arguably, most beautiful village in Santorini, Oia’s sunsets are world-famous. This traditional Greek village lines a gorgeous clifftop with houses, domed churches, shops, cafes, and taverns. As well as Oia’s soaring sea views and charming buildings, the Maritime Museum is an interesting attraction, the Atlantis Bookstore is a unique and cosy book shop to enjoy for an afternoon, and the nearby Sigalas Winery is perfect for tickling the tastebuds of wine fans.
Thira, also known as Fira, is a unique and beautiful place to visit. There are 587 steps that lead down from Thira to the villages at sea level, and this rewarding walk is a “must do” – if you have the energy! And if you do, don’t worry: there’s a cable car that can take you back to the top afterwards, letting you enjoy the views without the exertion.
Santorini package holidays at vibrant Perissa reward you with a picturesque coastal village as well as a peaceful 7km black-sand beach packed with opportunities for watersports and diving classes. Whenever you are ready for something other than Santorini’s most tranquil beach, Perissa also offers a waterpark and a range of places to eat, where you’ll find typically delicious Greek food and drinks on the menu.
Families booking bargain holidays to Santorini’s liveliest resort, Kamari, enjoy a Blue Flag beach, diving centre, and wide range of bars and tavernas. Like most other areas on Santorini, Kamari is a great place to enjoy traditional Greek food and also live music – however, the area has modern amenities too, including a lovely open-air cinema.
Must visit – The most popular resorts for cheap Santorini holidays are on the lightly sloping outer perimeter, but there are beautiful sights and soothing experiences to be enjoyed across the whole island. The iconic sunsets of Oia are certainly one to put on the list – there’s a reason that Santorini gets busy towards the end of the day! The Akrotiri archeological site offers an astonishing glimpse into the island’s past, and stands as a living record to the devastation caused to the island by a violent volcanic eruption back in the 16th century BC. Visiting the outdoor cinema is also a great way to enjoy Santorini’s famously warm weather.
Family fun – 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. This dried lava is mostly dark, which gives the coast its black colouring. Families booking late deals in Santorini can expect an island where the sun is almost permanently shining, and the waters are calm enough for a relaxing swim. Santorini is more commonly visited by adults without kids than by families, but there are lots of great places to swim across the island and plenty of natural beauty for everyone to soak up.
Natural attractions – Santorini is officially known as Thira, which includes numerous nearby volcanic islets such as Nea Kameni and Palea Kameni. The dried black lava of these mini islands creates an almost lunar landscape which you can visit during a sailing trip and explore. On mainland Santorini, the beaches are the main natural attractions. Red Beach’s red sand and White Beach’s white rocks give Santorini’s beaches their uniquely colourful reputation, while Perivolos is a great beach for young people in particular, with its beach bars and restaurants that complement the natural beauty of the surrounding ocean.
Culture and history – Santorini’s historical features include the impressive and intriguing Akrotiri site, which is a Minoan Bronze Age settlement that was destroyed by a volcano during an eruption in 1613BC. The traditional whitewashed architecture you’ll see around the island gives it an immediately recognisable appearance, while if you want to learn more about Santorini’s distant past, the Museum of Prehistoric Thera is a great one to visit, alongside the Folklore Museum and the Archaeological Museum of Thera. There are also cultural tours to enjoy.
Food and drink – Santorini’s cuisine offers a delightful mix of naughty treats and healthy but super-tasty meals. Tomato fritters are crispy bites of pleasure, ground meat koftas are tangy sausage-like nibbles, while saganaki, which is fried cheese in filo pastry with honey, are dangerously addictive. For visitors looking to stay trim during their holiday, a Greek salad is packed with flavour and topped with feta cheese. Fava, a kind of yellow split pea puree, may not sound like much but it’s delicious and one of the most satisfying traditional foods served in Santorini. The Santorini wine is not to be missed, either!
Night life – While daytime in Santorini reveals a blissful island made for relaxation, by evening it wakes up to become a fabulous nightlife hotspot. Beach clubs often begin their events in the afternoon, where visitors will start celebrating before heading to Thira Town its diverse restaurants, bars, and nightclubs. Whether you fancy a night of traditional Greek music or more contemporary tunes, you can enjoy a range of different styles at a range of venues. Perivolos is where most of the island’s young visitors will head during the day.