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Summer in Santorini

By HarryWednesday 13th January 2016

Experience a Santorini sunset. Experience a Santorini sunset.


Hundreds of thousands of people visit Santorini each year, drawn by the Mediterranean sunshine, the idyllic beaches and the promise of a holiday that will be remembered forever. White washed houses topped with blue domes look out to sea, as locals and visitors bustle below, soaking up the sun’s warm rays. This is summer in Santorini. Planning your next holiday? Here are a few of the island’s best bits.


Akrotiri ruins

As a volcanic island, various ruins can be found all over Santorini. Akrotiri is a Minoan Bronze Age settlement which was destroyed, yet preserved by a volcanic eruption in 1627 BC. The remains of breath taking frescos can still be seen today, and a large number of objects are intact and on show.

The Fira Trail

Although there are several walks to enjoy on Santorini, the Fira Trail is by far the best. The trail starts in Fira, winding along cliff edges – where you’ll witness unbelievable views out to sea – before heading inland past through more than one of Santorini’s amazing monuments. Finish up in Oia, for more amazing views.
 Fira trail 

Palea and Nea Kameni Islands

Not far off Santorini’s eastern coastline is Palea and Nea Kameni, two uninhabited islands which hold the title as the youngest islands in the Med. Hop on a boat at Santorini’s Old Port, and you can spend the day exploring them both. Think unspoilt landscapes and volcanic rock formations.

Aspri Paralia (White Beach)

When it comes to beaches, there are plenty to choose from. Aspri Paralia, however, is something special. The beach can only be reached by boat (from Akrotiri) or by swimming from nearby Red Beach, but believe us, it’s worth it. Surrounded by white cliffs, this secluded beach is utter perfection.

Sunsets in Oia

You can’t visit Santorini without experiencing the unparalleled sunset at Oia – you just can’t! Located on Santorini’s north east, this cliff-side town looks out to sea and beyond to the nearby Therasia island. Make your way here for sunset, grab a spot between the Cycladic houses, and you’ll see why people love the views so much.
End your day with a glass of local wine. End your day with a glass of local wine.

Wine tours

You may not know it, but Santorini produces some truly delicious wines, many of which are made from indigenous grapes such as Assyrtiko, Aidani and Mavrotragano. If you’re a wine lover, explore the island’s vineyards and sample some of the local wines on one of Santorini’s wine tours.

Argyros Mansion

Built in the last 19th Century by a wealthy wine merchant, Argyros Mansion is found in Messaria, a village in central Santorini. Its neoclassical architecture is an amazing sight to see, and its museum houses fascinating artefacts and objects.  It’s a great place to learn a little about the island’s culture and heritage. 


Spend summer in Santorini…


…with a Royal Caribbean holiday to the Mediterranean onboard Harmony of the Seas.

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