Santorini Island

Introduction to Santorini, Oia and Finikia.

Oia occupies the best part of the island, the north-western part, eleven kilometres away from Fira. The traditional village is also situated on the top of an impressive cliff and offers a spectacular view over the volcano of Palia and Nea Kameni and the island of Thirassia. The houses of Oia are dug in the volcanic lava, mainly two-storey houses with a very particular character. This is the best choice for those who wish to enjoy their holidays far from very crowded places and experience the uniqueness of Santorini. If Fira is the fancy and glamorous side of the island, Oia is the elitist part.
Here you can surrender to the magic of nature that has created this little paradise on earth. Spectacular sea views, wonderful architecture, the world famous sunset of Oia with its magical purple colours are just some of the reasons that bring the most famous names of the international jet set to Oia. Must see are The Maritime Museum housed in a captain’s house of the 19th century, Sigalas Winery, located on the plain of Oia (Baxedes region), and Oia Castle.
During the past centuries, Oia was the resident area, while the attached neighbourhood of Finikia was the industrial, full of wineries.
The Village of  Finikia is officially characterized as a ‘traditional settlement’ to preserve its distinct character. While within easy reach the centre of Oia 10 minutes on foot, provides both the privacy and tranquillity, while giving a taste of traditional Greek island village life, as it was 50 years ago.
Here you can see the traditional ‘cave houses’ as they were for many decades, or easily explore the wine roads of the wine fields beneath. Local wineries provide delightful wine tasting. A very famous one is at a walking distance (500m downhill) from Finikia.

Santorini Island Beaches

Almost all the eastern side of the island is full of beaches. Famous sandy beaches like  Perissa, Kamari and Perivolas are the most crowded and trendy, full of restaurants and beach bars. However there are beaches like Kouloumbos, Vlychada, and Mesa Pigadia etc with very beautiful nature.
Simply named the Red beach is one of the most beautiful beaches to be found in the Aegean Sea. Close to Akrotiri in the south is a small bay nestled besides soaring red lava cliffs with terracotta coloured sand that disappears into the crystal clear turquoise water. The short walk to the beach is a small effort for the reward of an amazing view

 

Transport

Santorini island is well serviced by both air and sea. There are three flights daily from Athens to Santorini with Aegean and Olympic Airlines. There is also a multitude of international charter flights during the summer season. SkyExpress is a small airline that connects Santorini with Mykonos and Crete with daily flights during the high season.
The fastest boat to Santorini from Piraeus (the main port of Athens) is the HighSpeed ferry which takes 4,5 hours. There are a number of other ferries that connect Santorini with Athens and the other islands.
Moving around Santorini with a rental car or motorbike is perfectly easy but it is of course busier in high season. Please do not hesitate to ask our concierge for assistance with your travel arrangements and vehicle rentals.