Areas in Santorini
When to go
The high season is April through to October, but if you can find a hotel out of season you’ll see the real Greece. Our reviewer travelled there in the second week of October and described it as ‘quiet, but busy enough to give the restaurants a good buzz'.
PlanesThe airport is only 10 minutes from Fira | the island’s capital. As of Summer 2009 Easyjet will fly direct from Gatwick. Taxis cost around six euros.
TrainsThere are no train services on the island. If you arrive by ferry, it will take you 15–20 minutes to get to Fira from the port. You’ll find car hire companies and taxis when you get off the boat.
AutomobilesYou’ll need a car to tour around the island. There’s free parking outside the towns of Oia and Thira. There are also various places where you can rent scooters. There are car hire desks at the airport.
TaxisOrder one by phone or pick one up at a designated rank.
Set in 300-year-old caves, Perivolas was once the homes, wineries and stables of local fishermen and farmers. These days, the smoothly curved whitewashed walls hold a welcoming romantic retreat. With magnificent views of the Aegean, and a smooth all-white interior that evokes notions of sleeping inside a cloud, the Perivolas Suite invites you into bed at every turn – quite literally, as there’s both a king-size in the bedroom and a double in the domed lounge. Spend your days relaxing in the steam bath, hydrotherapy massage pool and private-cave swimming pool, and end with cocktails on the grand terrace, watching the sun set over the caldera.