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Akrotiri, Santorini. Luxury villa holiday guide and information.

General destination; holiday guide and information.

 Excavations in the area brought up the city of Acropolis, a fortified Venetian castle during the medieval years, which after the occupation of Santorini by the Turks was torn down. The remains of the castle are easily visible. There are two old churches in the village, Aghia Triada and Ipapandi tou Sotiros. As you are taking the road to Akrotiri, on your right, you will stay amazed from the fascinating view of the Caldera. The picturesque atmosphere by the view towards Fira and Oia will rivet you. There are many hotels around the area and also many taverns.

 

The excavations in the area brought to light the settlement known as the City of Akrotiri. You shouldn"t miss the Archaeological site of Akrotiri.

The covered remains of Akrotiri are unnervingly quiet, as if not only the ancient inhabitants but also the modern archaeologists have just fled from an impending disaster. All around us are brown walls, most only half-height, enclosing small rooms stripped of all detail. The lives -and fates- of the occupants are a mystery.

Map showing Akrotiri and our holiday rental villas

Getting on holiday. Flights and airports.

 The Santorini International Airport located near Monolithos, is a small airport,
The flying time from Athens to Santorini is of 40 minutes. Most of all international flights arriving in Athens allow the connection with a flight to Santorini.
In the summer time, many charter flights and low cost airlines fly directly from different cities of Europe to the island.

The airlines serving the airport include :

Air Manos
Aegean Airways
Olympic Airways
Eayjet.

Olympic Airways operates at least six flights daily.

Weather and the best time to go on holiday.

 Santorini island and its 300 days of sunshine enjoys one of the healthiest weather over Europe. The temperate Mediterranean climate / weather prevails in most regions of the Santorini while in winter months there is substantial snowfall in the highest mountainous regions. Rainfall is also substantial. Quite often during summer months a hot wind (Livas) blows. Santorini weather is relatively mild, Mediterranean. During the fall and the winter months north and northwest winds dominate, while in the summer months the ill winds make it enjoyable.

The southern and eastern regions of Santorini tend to be warmer and drier than areas in mid, western and northern areas of the island. The majority of the year is sunny, with clear skies, making Santorini one of the most enjoyable travel destinations in Greece. On the whole, Santorini"s weather is ideal for holidays throughout the year. Even if the sea is too cold to swim, the excellent conditions, makes it possible to enjoy beachcombing, sightseeing and touring.

 

Things to do, excursions and trips while on holiday.

 Oia Village: Picturesque Oia - If you"re going to Santorini, then there is a very good chance that you will be visiting Oia at some point.

This spectacularly located white-washed village sits precariously on the edge of the red and black cliffs overlooking the deep blue sea, and is widely regarded as Santorini"s "must see" sight.

In terms of its appearance and location it is similar to the island"s capital, Fira. But somehow it is even more spectacular.


Fira, Imerovigli and Firostefani: Fira - By Night - If you think Fira looks good by day you should see it by night! In the half hour or so after sunset as the light fades more and more the city lights up in an array of twinkling lights reflecting colour from the whitewashed walls of the buildings.


Akrotiri Excavations: A trip to the ancient world - is located 12 kilometers at the S.W of Fira and is a very important archaeological site.The Professor Marinatos began the excavations in 1967 and step by step the scientists are discovering a whole community which was inhabited 3.000 years B.C. and destroyed by an eruption 1.500 years B.C.
The place is awesome, because the ashes of the volcano covered suddenly the town preserving it in almost perfect conditions until today.


Volcano: Sails to the Caldera - Boats departs every morning in a round trip to the caldera. Hot springs turns the sea yellow and temp grow ups like a bath. The site is impressive and the magma is only 2000 meters underground.
Magnificent view of the rest of the islands.

 

Passport and Visa requirement; information for this resort.

 BRITISH and all other EU/EEA/EFTA passport holders travelling to Greece do not require a visa provided that the passport is valid for the intended period of stay in Greece

BRITISH PASSPORTS HOLDERS ARE ALLOWED TO STAY IN GREECE UP UNTIL THE LAST DAY OF THE VALIDITY OF THEIR PASSPORTS.

Provided that the stay in Greece or Schengen area is for no more than 90 days, nationals of the following countries do not require a visa to enter or transit through Greece, as long as the passport is valid for at least 3 months from the date of return from Greece:

Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, El Salvador, Honduras, Hong Kong(holders of passports Hong Kong Special Administrative Region), Israel, Japan, Macao (holders of passports Regiao Administrativa Especial de Macau), Malaysia, Mexico, Monaco, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Romania, South Korea, San Marino, Singapore, United States, Uruguay, The Vatican and Venezuela.

Citizens of all countries not mentioned above do need a visa to enter Greece.

SCHENGEN SHORT TERM VISAS

ALL PERSONS WISHING TO APPLY FOR A SHENGEN VISA MUST BOOK AN APPOINTMENT BEFORE ATTENDING THE CONSULATE IN PERSON TO SUBMIT THEIR DOCUMENTS. PEOPLE WITHOUT APPOINTMENTS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED WITHIN THE CONSULATE. PLEASE TRY TO APPLY AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE, ESPECIALLY DURING THE SUMMER MONTHS AND BEFORE PUBLIC HOLIDAYS.

Can I drink the water on holiday?

 Water in Santorini is not safe to drink. Most of tourists prefer bottled spring water which is available at supermarkets and restaurants. 

What language do the locals speak in resort?

 Greek is the official language in Santorini. English is spoken almost everywhere throughout the island.

Use the links to go to all of the luxury holiday villas we have.

 Akrotiri villa holidays Santorini

What voltage is used at this location?

 On Santorini you will find electrical current at 220 volts, 50-cycle AC. Appliances of lower voltage would require a transformer, but again it is recommended that appliances are checked for safety and plug requirements before use.

What is the time difference to this holiday resort?

 The time difference is GMT + 2

What currency is used in resort?

The Euro

Visit XE.com to check out the currency trading rate.

 
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