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Santorini Holiday Facts

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Santorini Facts File

Santorini is one of the most famous islands in the world. Located 100 kilometres north of Crete, the volcanic island of Santorini, officially known as Thira and explodes into the Aegean Sea. A unique, crescent shaped, island formed by an ancient volcanic eruption said to have taken place in 1650BC and with the most breath-taking views in all the Greek islands. The inner edge of Santorini island plunges almost 900 feet into the sea and the outer coast has long black volcanic beaches. Fira, the capital, is perched above towering cliffs and is connected to the harbour below by a winding path of steps. Its whitewashed houses are constantly photographed and it also boasts many excellent restaurants, shops and bars.

Vaccinations and health

No special immunizations or medications are necessary for most trips to Greece. However, we advise that you always check with your local GP regarding to vaccinations. Do not leave it to the last minute. Some vaccinations can take a length of time to start working properly. Allow at the latest 8 weeks before departing.


Located 200km south east from mainland Greece, Santorini enjoys a mild Mediterranean climate with year-round agreeable conditions. During the summer period the island enjoys an average of nine to 13 hours of sunshine each day. It is when these hours of sunlight are coming to a close in the evening that crowds are drawn from all over the island, to the small cliff-side community of Oia, to watch the spectacular Aegean sunset.


220v, 50 HZ, usually these are two pin type but some are the three round pin type. Best to take a multi-pin adapter with you.


The currency in Santorini is the Euro.

Dialling code

The dialling code for Santorini 00+30 +22860

Time difference

The time difference is + 2 hour.


The official language is Greek but English is spoken especially around the main tourist areas.

Visa and passport

Currently British holiday makers do not require a visa but it is always worth checking as rules can change. You must have a passport with at least 6 months validity.

Getting to Santorini

Flights to Santorini are limited. You can find flights from Birmingham, Gatwick, Heathrow, Manchester and Newcastle. Santorini is shut between November and the end of April.

Santorini Transport – getting around

Local buses are a cheap way to travel, but the bus timetables are a little difficult to find and often change without notice! Fares are government-regulated and very reasonable by European standards. Taxis can be easily hailed in the street or booked in advance. The main taxi station is just below Fira main square. The minimum charge starts at 2 euros but do ask before getting in to the cab. Hiring a car is a good option for those wanting to properly explore Santorini. You can see our low car-hire rates after running a search.

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