Some useful tips on Santorini

A Manchester Travel Shop Customer (Robert Garner) has just returned from a holiday in Santorini. He has kindly submitted a little trip report that may help other customers planning a trip to this beautiful greek Island.

Santorini is a Volcanic Greek island.

The island is not massive. Taxis seem quite expensive but buses are very cheap.

Main bus station is in Thira, quite chaotic but lots of buses to different parts of the island.

Max fare we paid was 2 Euros each.

East side of the  island has many beaches, we visited Kamari and Perissa. Both were very chilled and had a “hippy” vibe.

Lots of beach restaurants with sun beds which were free if you ate in their restaurant.

Beaches are black sand and rocky, advise wearing swim shoes.

 Bus ride to Thira about 25 mins.

Food and drink cheaper on the beach side.

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West side of the island is cliffs with towns and villages perched high up hence lots of steep paths and steps however views are stunning, we have travelled a lot and these views are amongst the best in the world.

Sun sets are simply the best. Main towns are Thira, Oia, Firostefani and Imerovigli. We stayed in Firostefani. From here you could walk north to Imerovigli approx 10 mins, lots of hill top bars and restaurants.

You can also walk south to Fira approx 15 mins. Thira is the main port for cruise ships so busier and more commercial.

Oia is a bus ride away, approx 20 mins. Oia is more cosmopolitan and restaurants more expensive also extremely busy at sunset. 

We used Santorini Sailing for a daytime catamaran trip which included lunch and free bar. Trip lasted 5 hours and was lovely, lots of places to swim and snorkel.

If we went again, which we will do, we would consider staying a few days on the beach side, probably Perissa and a few days in Firostefani. 

Supermarkets and bakeries very reasonable.

Typical meal with drinks in Perissa costs 45 euros, same meal in Firostefani would be 60 euros but in Oia would be 120 euros.