Santorini car rental gives you the freedom to explore this beautiful Greek island at your leisure...
A volcanic island in the Cyclades archipelago, Santorini was created from an eruption in around 1450 BC. Today, it has a mountainous landscape, rugged cliffs and black sands. The capital of Thira (also known as Fira or Thera) is at the top of a huge cliff above the harbour. The ancient volcanic eruption created a caldera crater, which has been linked to the fabled lost city of Atlantis.
Santorini is also known for its incredible sunsets, with the north-west village of Oia providing one of the most memorable foregrounds as the sun melts to an orange blob on the horizon and throws a warm glow across the churches, windmills and sugar-cube houses.
Hit the shops of Thira for art and holiday trinkets, or spend your time on the water, perfecting your sporting prowess on the waves. There are many ways to enjoy holidays in Santorini.
The island is served by Santorini National Airport (JTR), which is near Kamari village and close to the Monolithos area. The major sites of the island are very accessible from the airport. Car hire in Santorini can be arranged from the airport. The best way to make savings on car hire is to book in advance. This will also ensure that you secure the type of vehicle that best suits you and your travelling party.
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Santorini car hire is an ideal way to get around the island...
There are some wonderful towns aside from the capital of Thira. The village of Imerovigli is part of the town of Thira but higher up. It is a traditional white-washed Greek village with wonderful views. Only a couple of miles from the capital, it offers some great accommodation. Megalocon also has some good hotel choices. The former capital of the island, Pyrgos, is also worth a visit. It is famous for the number of its churches as well as a renowned monastery. Its Easter celebrations are also now a tourist attraction.
Santorini also has wonderful Blue Flag beaches. Perissa is regarded as one of the island's best because of its long stretch of dark sand. It is also well protected from winds from the Aegean. Just along from Perissa is Perivolos, another lovely beach. The sands are not quite as dark as Perissa but equally beautiful. There are plenty of bars and restaurants along both of these beaches.
Driving in Santorini is relatively straightforward, though some of the winding roads at high-altitude can be daunting. The main route between Imirovigli and Oia is a little hair-raising. There’s a secondary coastal road, however, that is easier to navigate. As with anywhere you drive for the first time, a little caution will go a long way. The rewards on Santorini are endless for those who want to seek out the very best bits of this Aegean jewel.