Santorini is a Cycladic island in the Cycladic island, off the coast of Greece. A volcanic eruption in the 16th century BC left the island destructed, with cliffs along the caldera sinking beneath the sea. The main towns of Oia and Fira are popular tourist destinations with their picturesque, white-washed houses overlooking the sea and surrounding islands.
Cheap flights to Santorini are now available for a limited time only, so book your flight today and experience the idyllic beauty and tranquil scenery this paradise island has to offer. Santorini is home to Santorini National Airport (JTR), a 5 minute drive from the island’s centre. JTR serves a few airlines, including Aegean Airlines and Olympic Air. There are no direct flights from Johannesburg, but Olympic Air is the popular choice for connecting flights from Athens. Flight duration from Johannesburg is approximately 15 hours and 15 minutes.
Why visit Santorini
- Sights and LandmarksWalk through the ruins of the Byzantine Castle and visit the old relics of Ancient Thera, conquered by the Spartans, to appreciate the colonial influences that once dominated the island.
- Exotic BeachesThe volcanic black beaches are a highlight of Santorini and you’ll find great swimming spots in Amoudi Bay. Perissa Beach is the perfect spot to watch the sunset over the island.
- Water SportsMake some waves with sailing tours and sunset cruises along the crystal waters. Enjoy some snorkelling at Red Beach and marvel at the marine life living around the island.
Best time to visit Santorini
The ideal time to visit Santorini is between late April and early November when the weather is warm and there is hardly any rain. The months between June and September provide the best conditions for swimming, sunbathing and maximising the nightlife. The island can get rather hot, so for a more comfortable sightseeing experience go between April and June, or September and November.