Thira – Santorini


Transfer time – 20 minutes

Best For – Couples and families wanting a lively Greek holiday

Thira is a fantastic resort perched high on the hillside, created by a volcano many many years ago. Located on the west coast of the island, Thira is perfect, with stunning views and spectacular scenery. With a cable car to take you up and down the hillside, getting out and about couldn’t be easier.

Due to Thira’s location at the top of the hillside, Thira doesn’t actually have its own beach, however Red Beach is a short bus ride away and easily accessible, regular buses run daily, Red Beach is a stunning location to spend your days, with impressive volcanic sand, shelving into crystal clear waters, making it a perfect place for families to play and enjoy the sunshine. There is sun loungers and parasols for hire and it remains uncrowded, even during high season. There is a small selection of water sports available to, for those with more energy and of course there is a handful of beach front cafés and snack bars to escape the midday sunshine.

Nights are when Thira really comes alive, Relax and enjoy the stunning views whilst enjoying a meal on one of the many veranda restaurants, serving wonderful local produce, or enjoy a traditional Greek evening including Greek dancing etc., in one of the towns more traditional tavernas. Then head into the village for a few drinks in one of the many bars, cocktail bars, pubs and then onto a disco, should you wish to dance the night away. There are also many tourist shops selling locally made souvenirs, there are boutiques and shops galore, all open until the early hours too. There are many small cobbled streets and plenty places to explore, and all offer a family friendly atmosphere and the locals are particularly friendly, bending over backwards to help you and make your stay perfect.

Santorini has many historical sights, on the way out of Thira, you can stop of at the Ancient Minoan city which was buried by an earthquake in 1600BC. There are over 420 churches of all shapes and sizes dotted through out the island and each has its own story to tell, and a collection of museums are worth a visit, from a wine museum to prehistoric museums, so much to see and do.

Boat trips are a perfect way to get out and see more of this divine little island, a popular one is the sunset cruise, where you can visit smaller coves and watch the glorious sunsets here in Santorini.

For beach lovers, take a trip to Kamari and Perissa, for long, sandy beaches, pretty little coves and spectacular scenery again. Again there are many water sports available on these beaches too.

Joanna Baker

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23 years and counting which included 2 years YTS with Team Travel, 3 years in Crete as a rep for LTS/Sunworld. 11 years in Lincoln/TUI (6 years self-employed), 8 years with Low Cost Sunshine

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