Blue domes and sugar-cube houses
The little village of Oia clings to the steep edge of a volcanic crater on Santorini’s northern edge. Vivid blue domes and gleaming whitewashed houses add splashes of colour to Oia’s red and grey cliffs, with buildings perched on tiny alcoves in the rock face and a stone staircase leading down to the shingle beach.
With fabulous views of its neighbouring volcanic islands, its scattered Greek restaurants and tavernas become the prime spot for soaking up the views – particularly when the sun goes down. A handful of museums and cute little shops complete the picture, and if you’re up to the climb back up, take the steps down to the beach at Amoudi for a dinner of freshly netted fish.
The flight to Santorini is around 3 hours 45 minutes from the UK.
Transfer time from Santorini airport to Oia is approximately 30 minutes.
Like most Greek islands, Santorini’s long summer months stretch from April through to September or October. The dry, sunny spring months are warm enough for beach-going and sightseeing, and average highs top 30°C in July and August.
Currently visas are not required for UK citizens travelling to Greece.
In Greece, a service charge will be included in the bill at restaurants and bars. Much like the UK, an additional tip is not required, although is appreciated for particularly good service. It is common to round off the amount when paying cash, particularly with wait staff and taxi drivers.
The official language of Greece is Greek. English is widely spoken, too, so getting by is easy.