Welcome to Santorini
Cruise Nation are delighted to bring you our great range of Santorini Cruise & Stay Holidays. Our Santorini Smart Packages feature FREE stays in one of many handpicked hotels which are all centrally located in Santorini providing you with the ideal base from which to explore all that this exciting destination has to offer.
With our Santorini Cruise & Stay packages, your flights will always be included. We also offer flights from a number of regional airports throughout the UK giving you much greater flexibility and making your holiday experience as smooth as possible.
Almost all of the hotels in Santorini overlook the wonderful waters, the neighbouring islands on the horizon poke out into the sky, obscuring the setting of the sun but leaving a warm glow across the islands.
Contrary to other Greek islands, Santorini’s beaches are black, caused by the volcanic eruption on the island thousands of years ago. Don’t expect the long, golden beaches here, instead admire at the unusualness of sunbathing on volcanic sand and the sheer breath-taking views which hit you at every turn. Boutique hotels, upmarket restaurants and popular shops line the streets in Fira, the island’s capital so there is plenty to spend your money. Dive into the treasure trove of Santorini and see what you come up with.
Santorini welcomes over 1.5 million visitors a year, and it’s clear to see why. Beauty, architecture and a rich history that other locations could only dream of.
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Things to do in Santorini
Hike from Fira to Oia
Surely a hike can’t be the most popular thing to do in Santorini? You’re right…
Hike from Fira to Oia
It’s not, but this hike is the hidden gem of the island. Take a couple of hours out of your day to scale the heights of Santorini. Gaze in awe at the beauty and splendour in each of the villages you visit on your walk. The hike takes approximately three hours so try to avoid the hottest time of the day or you’ll end up with sunburn!
Santorini wine tours offer some unusual tasting opportunities, due to the unusual and dry climate the wine tastes different than it would in other places across the globe…
Even with multiple wine tours this excursion is one of the most popular on the island, so make sure to get your place as soon as possible. And if you haven’t had your fill of picturesque views, the tours will allow you to sip on their fine wine whilst overlooking the wonderful waters below.
Museum of Prehistoric Thera (Fira)
This museum is home to the excavations from Akrotiri…
Museum of Prehistoric Thera (Fira)
Various exhibitions can be found here and within these exhibitions you will find stunning paintings, architectural masterpieces and pottery dating as far back as 2000 BC. The excavations themselves plot a timeline through history, stopping at the late Neolithic period amongst others along the way. Open your mind to Santorini’s rich history, which can nearly all be found in this museum.
How many times have you wanted to dive into the crystal clear waters and discover what lies on the depths below?…
A shipwreck is perched in the depths of Santorini and you can swim through it, admire the beauty of something so hollow and quiet. Diving in Santorini is great if you like big fish and it’s a great dive for beginners.
Restaurants in Santorini
This wonderful restaurant resembles a wedding chapel, its airy, bright dining area leads to a beautiful terrace which overlooks the Aegean Sea. It has over 30 years under its belt and it’s no surprise to see Selene leading the pack in fine dining in Santorini. The menu is a condensed tasting journey of Greek cuisine, and if you don’t want to just taste it, they offer cooking classes so you can replicate the dishes at home!
You won’t get much better than Anogi’s famous Greek cuisine! The menu is extensive and it’s all delicious. The courtyard serves as a wonderful location to watch the setting sun go down whilst enjoying some fine sea food. The restaurant also serves wine from micro wineries across Greece. This means you’re sampling every aspect of cuisine Greece has to offer.
Aktaion exterior epitomises Santorini architecture, it’s white walls and blue borders make it a welcoming place to enter. Opened in 1922, Aktaion is one of the oldest restaurants on the island. It’s family run so you can expect home style cooking and some unique recipes.
You’ll struggle to get better views at a restaurant than at Yalos Beach Bar Restaurant. It’s wooden path leads out onto the beach and comfy beach beds and deck chairs await. Its gastronomy by the sea in all its glory. In this beautiful environment you’ll enjoy authentic Santorinian dishes and some of the most reasonably priced win in Santorini. This restaurant is definitely a must do!
Two Brothers bar has been open for over 30 years, set up by two brothers (as you might’ve guessed), it is now run by their sons. The bar is best known for its party vibe and the amazing music they play throughout the summer season. At times the bar resembles something out of Coyote Ugly, and its sure to give you a good time!
One of the most popular clubs in Santorini, Koo Club is a place to enjoy the early hours of the morning whilst being surrounded by the best house music around. The interior of it resembles a Greek palace and their outdoor patio surrounded by palm trees really makes you feel on holiday. Take one of their famous drinks out onto the patio and enjoy it under the stars.
Kira Thira is the oldest bar in town, the cosy bar’s walls are lined with liqueur and books, quite an unusual combination. Instruments hang from the ceiling and jazz can be heard all year round. Sangria is the bar’s speciality!
Events in Santorini
Megaron Gyzi Fesitval
Taking place in August, the town of Fira includes musical concerts, art exhibitions and various other events. Famous Greek musicians and singers are invited to participate in the festival. Entry is free, so embrace Greek culture be surrounding yourself in the finest Greek has to offer.
Santorini Jazz Festival
If you haven’t had enough jazz whilst on Santorini, then don’t fret, Santorini Jazz Festival is here. Jazz fans from across the glove head to Santorini to enjoy this annual event. Hosted in July, in an open-air cinema on Kamari beach, you’ll love jazz even more when you leave.