Explore a magical holiday destination in Greece
Known the world around as one of the most idyllic destinations for summer holidays, Santorini Island has many charms that will enchant your hearts and minds. Whether it’s your first time here or one of the many inevitably to follow, you’ll soon find yourselves enamoured with the unique architecture, infatuated with the breath-taking sunsets, stricken by the evocative atmosphere and utterly, irrevocably in love with the wonder that is Santorini.
Here, everything revolves around the volcanoes; the history, the landscape, the architecture, the products that come out of the water-deprived land. Everything begins and ends at the volcanoes. Admire cities buried under lava and discover how locals adapted to conditions by creating cavehouses that surpass modern architecture techniques. Explore medieval castles that withstood the test of time and savour food and wine that has remained the same for millennia. Time will pause when you arrive in Santorini. Make the most of it…
From past to present
Prehistoric, ancient, medieval and contemporary history are ever-present all-around Santorini; an island deeply respectful of its rich past, a place that welcomes modernity without compromising its rich heritage and tradition. Delve into the ancient history of Santorini at Akrotiri, the Pompeii of the Aegean and – for many – the mythical Lost Atlantis itself. Explore more of Santorini’s antiquity at Ancient Thera, on top of Mesa Vouno mountain and at the Museum of Prehistoric Thera and the Archaeological Museum at Fira.
Santorini’s medieval past is equally mesmerizing. The renowned “Kastelia”, medieval castle-cities were impenetrable against pirate attacks, and most have withstood the test of time surviving till today. Emporio and Pyrgos are the best preserved of the five Santorinian Kastelia, whereas the ones of Akrotiri and Oia have but their watchtowers – or “Goulas” to show for. As for the fifth one, the Rock of Skaros at Imerovigli, even though nothing but few scattered findings remain, it boasts spectacular views to the Aegean and the sunset, a must-visit for those seeking to conquer unique, unforgettable locations in their travels.
The treasures of the sea
The endless blue that embraces Santorini has so much to offer to your holiday experience. From the simplest, quintessential summer activities such as swimming, to lavish private cruises and island-hopping trips and excursions or underwater adventures, the Aegean has so much in store for the appetent traveller.
Beaches with unusual, volcanic colours and crystalline waters beckon you to bask in the sun and splash around or hit the waves. For well-organised shores that spare no modern comfort, look for the black beaches of Perivolos, Perissa and Kamari; for unmet natural charm, the maroon rocks of Ammoudi Bay and the Red Beach, or the pristine pebbles of the White Beach will take your breath away, and, for more secluded coastal moments, seek Columbos and Cambia Beach.
For a more exclusive experience, private cruises on board luxurious yachts are the perfect way to explore the volcanoes and the coastal beauties of Santorini and Thirasia, or even other neighbouring islands such as Anafi, Ios, Folegandros, Amorgos and more. A multitude of choices is available, varying from vessel size to cruise duration, destination and onboard services, themes, activities and more. The Saint John Villa concierge will be more than happy to help you choose the right ones for you and yours, and to help you enjoy the beauty of the Aegean as effortlessly as possible.
Volcanic and delicious
What is it about Santorini’s food and wine that made it so famous around the world? The answer is as simple as the local products are delicious! The volcanic soil of Santorini and the overall lack of rain have created a unique microclimate that makes growing plants hard, but those that make it are rewarded with unique, amazing taste! The most acclaimed products are the local fava beans, velvety and delicious, the fiery cherry tomatoes and the one-of-a-kind white aubergines that truly stand out. Most local restaurants base their dishes on local produce and the rich culinary heritage of Santorini and trying out these amazing flavours is an experience you will enjoy day in and day out, from breakfast till dinner.
The perfect complement to local food could be none other than the superb local wines. Grown in a vineyard that has been cultivated for over 3500 years, local grapes are strong and vibrant, giving sophisticated wines that truly stand out, such as the famous Vinsanto. Pair your meals with exquisite local labels or discover the story behind Santorinian winemaking on a wine-tasting tour around one of the many local wineries, an experience not-to-be-missed. The Saint John Villa concierge would love to help you find a wine-tasting experience to fit your mood and style, ask us how!