Fly To Santorini, Greece
Santorini is the largest island remaining after one of the biggest volcanic eruptions in history, with just over 15 kilometres of multi-coloured cliffs lining the caldera that sank beneath the waves. Stark, Cycladic houses hug the cliff-tops, spilling down the steep, terraced stone in dramatic waves. In amongst the sun-drenched buildings, you’ll find some of Greece’s best wining, dining and nightlife, making for indulgent beach-days and heady nights.
Despite its small size, Santorini does have its own airport, and you’ll find the cheapest flights right here on Travelstart. Make Santorini your first stop on a tour of the Greek Islands, or end your trip on a high on its sweeping cliffs. Whatever your arrangements, our flight finder will have you booked and on your way to Santorini with no effort at all.
Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details
- South African Passport holders do need a Visa to visit Santorini, Greece. Leave plenty of time for Visa processing, and remember to check that your passport is valid for 6 months after your return date, and that you have 2 blank pages available for entry stamps.
- There nearest South African Embassy to Santorini is situated in Athens. 60 Kifissias Avenue, Marousi, 15125, Athens. Phone: + 30 210 617 8020.
See and do
Santorini is one of the great natural wonders of the world, and its towns have each got something special to offer. Fira is the main cliff-perched town, but is more touristy than the lesser-known Oia, which has all of the charm, sunset views and amenities, with far fewer crowds. Megalochori is more traditional, with lovely Cycladic churches to visit, while Pyrgos has a beautiful monastery and quaint old streets.
The strangest of Santorini’s architecture can be found in Vothonas, whose buildings were carved from the rock of the ravine. Visit the church of St. Ann, built in 1827, and spend some time wondering the tangle of paths leading up the cliffs.
Being an island, Santorini has a wealth of beaches, notable for the variations in the colour of their sand. There’s White Beach, Black Beach, and Red Beach, amongst many others, ranging from touristy, to deserted, to clothing optional. Scuba and snorkelling are popular, with fantastic visibility, but not much in the way of fish to see.
There are several wineries to visit on the island, and Volcan Wines has a museum in addition to a farm. Wines make excellent souvenirs, but photographic prints and trinkets may last a little longer.
Santorini has a public bus service, as well as “hop on, hop off” options, and boats run frequently between the major coastal towns. One of the more interesting transport options is to rent an ATV or quad bike. You’ll need a driver’s license, but rentals are otherwise very convenient and affordable, and are the most enjoyable way to explore Santorini’s extents.
Santorini (Thira) National Airport – JTR
Food and beverage: There is a small café where you can grab a cup of coffee, or a drink before heading off.
Currency Exchange: There is no exchange bureau at the airport, but there is an ATM by Emporiki Bank, where you can withdraw Euros.
Lost Luggage: Lost hold luggage should be handled by your individual airline’s help desk. Report items lost or found within the airport terminal to the Information Desk, or call +30 22 860 28400.
Airport Hotels: None on site. Nearby: Luis Studios Agia Paraskevi, Imperial Med Resort and Spa, Anna Traditional Apartments, Memories Beach Hotel, Scorpios Beach Hotel and Estia Hotel.
Car Hire: Axion, Budget, Europcar and Hertz.