Santorini island – Cyclades

Santorini, or Thira, is the top destination in Greece and among the most romantic destinations in Greek islands and the whole world. Located in the Aegean Sea, in the Cyclades islands, Santorini was the site of one of the largest volcanic eruptions in the world and what remains today is a submerged volcano and a caldera, as a complex of islands (Thira, Thirassia (or Thirassia), Aspronissi, Palea and Nea Kameni).

Santorini Greece
Santorini Greece

The volcano

This islands complex was created precisely because of this intense volcanic activity of the earth! Twelve massive eruptions, one every 20,000 years or so, contributed to the creation of a caldera, destroying most of the volcano.

The last major explosion took place about 3,600 years ago (in the Minoan era), covering the three islands (Thira, Thirasia, Aspronissi) with ash, thus eliminating a prehistoric culture. The volcanic activity continued much more mildly, creating within Caldera the islands of Old and Nea Kameni. The island is thus a huge living geological museum, an ideal place to observe the processes of building and evolving a volcano.

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Seeking romance

Santorini is considered to be the most romantic destination in Greece. Loved couples come every year to the sunny island to enjoy the famous sunset of Santorini. In fact, in recent years the island has established itself as a destination for couples to hold their wedding ceremony or honeymoon.

Things to do in Santorini

Touring to the volcano, walking along the caldera path from Fira to Oia and shopping are the most popular activities on the island. Shops in Santorini island vary from small souvenir stores to international brands. Most beaches in Santorini are organized and have watersports centres with fun games. Diving centres also have their base in the beaches of Santorini, offering courses and diving trips to close islands, old wrecks and the volcano. Trekking paths are also available in the island.

A small tour of the villages of the island

The capital of the island is Fira. Built on the Caldera, 260 meters above sea level, with a splendid view of the blue waters of the Aegean Sea and the island of Nea Kameni. Fira along with Firostefani, Imerovigli and Oia are spread out to the length of the Caldera enchanting the visitor, each in its own unique way. Other less famous but equally beautiful villages of the island worth visiting are Akrotiri and Mesa Vounos with their famous archaeological sites, the Tower, the Karterades, Emborios, Ammoudi, Finikia, Perissa, Perivolos, Megalohori , Kamari, Messaria and Monolithos. Some of them are more cosmopolitan, some quieter, others surrounded by huge vineyards, others dominate high castles with immense views of the Aegean, but they all have a special personality that will fascinate you.

The products of the land

Who does not know the unique local products of Santorini? White eggplant, tomatoes, fava, capers and green cheese: all delicious ingredients of delicious local dishes that will be appreciated by lovers of good food! The island is also considered one of the country’s most organized wine tourism destinations.

Beaches

Discover volcanic beaches Let us not forget to mention the wonderful beaches of the island that could only be in harmony with its special volcanic character. Dive into beaches with black, red and white sand or colorful rocks, sculptured by the salt and wind rocks. A unique setting that you will not find anywhere else in Greece…

Santorini awaits you! It is certain that its intoxicating atmosphere where the blue of the Aegean blends with reddish rocks and the white of the houses will charm you! Let the energy flowing out of the volcanic landscape penetrate you and discover a special magic that really no image can capture.


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