Santorini is one of the most famous islands in the world - and for good reason. A tiny speck in the Aegean Sea, Santorini's history is disproportionately grand compared to her size. The Volcano, the Sunset, the Caldera with little white houses, the beaches and lifestyle all contribute to what we call "Santorini Magic".
Each year all sorts of special events are held: Live concerts, DJ happenings, traditional folk dances and cultural exhibitions. Greek Easter is a special time of the year. The most spectacular celebration is held in Pyrgos village on the night of the Anastasi (The Resurrection - Holy Saturday), when the hillside is lit up with firebrands.
Distances are minimal from one village to the other. Our village square in the traditional part of Megalochori, is 5 minutes walk from the hotel and the right place to start. Fira is the island capital, main shopping area and nightlife mecca. Santorini's Cable Car leaves from Fira and travels down the Caldera cliffs to the old port.
Beautiful serene Imerovigli is home to Skaros Rock, once the site of one of the five castles on the island. Perched near the rock is the small white chapel of Agios Ioannis.
Picturesque Oia, with her famous castle and sunset watching point, art deco galleries, shops and cafes, is the last village on the northern tip. Pyrgos is a Protected EU Traditional Settlement with a castle, coffee shops and glorious sunsets. Akrotiri is home to Santorini's Lighthouse and the Archaeological Excavations of a Minoan Bronze Age Settlement.
Main beach areas offer watersports, as well as sunbeds and umbrellas for hire. Red Beach and the beaches of Perissa and Perivolos are the closest to Grand View Hotel. Kamari Beach and the Perivolos - Perissa beach road have a seafront promenade lined with shops, bars, restaurants and cafes. Eros Beach, also close to us but less well known, has a sandy road approach through a gorge. There is a cafe-bar overlooking the beach. Further north on the east coast and worth a visit is Kolumbo Beach. Monolithos Beach is quiet and less organised.