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With super views and an atmosphere to die for, Thira holidays are where it's at if you're looking for calm and relaxing holidays on the island of Santorini. Santorini is a perfectly formed and tranquil Greek island that hasn't succumbed to tourism like many of its neighbouring islands. Instead, what you get is a taste of life in Greece with picturesque scenes and rustic villages to explore.
Base yourself in Thira, the modern capital of the island, and you will be perfectly placed to explore what the island holds. Ideally placed on the cliff side, you can see for miles from this picture-perfect town with its whitewashed houses and their signature blue domes dotting your view. Thira is accessible by foot, donkey or cable car, adding to its traditional and rustic vibe.
Wherever you stay on a Thira holiday, you will be fortunate enough to enjoy the incredible vistas that the town provides - they really are breathtaking.
During the peak season, the main square of Thira is a bustling place and well-worth a visit. The streets are crammed with shops of all descriptions, as well as cafes and tavernas in which you can while away the afternoon in the sun.
Hop on a boat ride to this superb place and you can enjoy the therapeutic mud baths before jumping in the warm waters for a leisurely swim. It's located near to the uninhabited volcanic island of Nea Kameni, which provides beautiful views of the landscapes.
As an ancient Minoan city, you can just imagine the archaeological treats in store as you explore it. Excavations still go on to this day, while the ruins of the castle are well-worth popping by, giving you the chance to immerse yourself in the local history.
Admire the Sunsets in Oia
Often considered to be home to the best sunsets on the island, Oia is a perfect place to visit as the sun dips below the horizon. Its blue domed whitewashed houses are an iconic site that you will have probably seen on many a postcard - don't forget your camera!
Explore the Archaeological Museum
While Thira is a modern city in itself, it's also home to the ancient city of the same name. If you fancy a little bit of shade and a break from sunbathing, head for this museum which homes several of the excavations and exhibits, before heading off to see Ancient Thira itself which dates back to the 9th Century BC.
Catamaran around the Volcano
Hop on a catamaran and enjoy a trip around the volcano for a fun and unique day trip. Not only do you get to marvel in the sights before you, but you will also have chance to swim in the hot springs while capturing breathtaking shots of Thira from the sea.
Also known as Fira, holidays in Santorini's capital would be perfect for those looking for a relaxing break. Its steep cliff sides and substantial walks may not be recommended for all, but for those that like to hike, Thira provides a beautiful corner of Santorini in which to base your Greek island break.
Close to Thira, and offering some brilliant beaches, including one with coveted Blue Flag status, Kamari is the perfect spot for a sunkissed beach break where you can sit back, relax and watch the world go by. Choose to make Thira your Greek holiday destination and take advantage of the great deals from Direct Holidays. The views alone are reason enough to venture to this island, let alone what else it has in store!