Santorini is a volcanic island in the southern Aegean Sea and is the caldera of what remained after a massive eruption. It is over forty miles long but its width is only one to four miles. The central lagoon is seven miles by four with one thousand feet cliffs to three sides. An impressive site indeed. Santorini's architecture has a distinctive style. Its white houses with blue doors and shutters, and its churches with blue domes stand in stark contrast to its barren landscape. Its beaches are a mix of sand or pebbles made from solidified lava. The darker the beach, the warmer the water as the lava acts as a heat absorber. The beaches are not ideal for those with young children wielding buckets and spades. This charming island has a romantic appeal and has become popular as a wedding venue. Favourite excursions on the island are trips around the lagoon and to Oia to see the fabulous sunsets.
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Hotels, apartments and villas provide a wide range of accommodation and with modern amenities and good service, they are sure to please. The many restaurants and tavernas serve a diverse cuisine from traditional Greek dishes to fast foods and international fare. They cater for all tastes and pockets. If this is your first visit to Greece, be sure to try the local cuisine. Order meze, the equivalent of Spanish tapas and you'll be served a variety of morsels. Shops supply your holiday essentials as well as gifts and souvenirs. The narrow cobbled streets of Fira have a market atmosphere and are filled with hundreds of shops of every description, enough to satisfy even the most aquisitive of shoppers. Whilst there are lively spots on the island, Santorini nightlife is generally low key.
Santorini holidays have a long season and can be taken from Easter until late autumn with temperatures rising well into the thirties at the height of the season. If you enjoy a more temperate climate, you can experience the delights of the island in early or late season when temperatures remain in the twenties, and you'll also benefit from low season prices. During the summer months, many low cost airlines fly from regional airports. You can check on the Cheeky Trip website to see if there is a direct service from your own local airport.
If you are looking for a change of scene where you are guaranteed summer sun, a relaxed atmosphere and good food, without it costing an arm and a leg, a cheap Santorini holiday may fit the bill. Cheeky Trip is a price comparison site with access to the best offers from more than three dozen travel companies, all of whom are vieing for your custom. When competition is strong, the consumer is sure to get a good deal. All it takes is one quick search. Simply enter your point of departure, your destination and dates and within a matter of seconds, we'll show you the Santorini holiday that offers the best value. Since offers change daily, you are advised to book without delay.
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