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The Island of Lava

Flawless Beauties, Invigorating Sceneries and Intoxicating Sunsets under the Mysteries of the Sleeping Volcano

“…We found ourselves naked upon the pumice stones, watching the rising islands, watching the red islands sinking into their sleep, in our sleep…”

Giorgos Seferis

The mysteries of Santorini emerge through the vermillion colours of the astonishing sunsets of the caldera. Mysteries of the sleeping volcano, intoxicating beaches and majestic sunsets compose the rare beauty of this island. The eternal beauty of Santorini is crafted through the reddish cliffs and the colorful houses hanging over the deep blue of the Aegean. Characterized as one of the most beautiful islands in the world, Santorini will definitely leave you speechless from her invigorating beauty of the imposing sceneries of the island. Nowhere else on earth exist such an impressive scenery hosting human life. As though the works of the almighty volcano create awe, as though the island is exposed in the most imposing landscapes of the world, as though thousands of travelers grasp subtly a piece of her soul, Santorini is a miracle itself. The feeling of permeation to the magic of nature will exceed your expectations by emptying your mind as observing the flawless beauty of the sculptured rock that hangs over the deep blue waters of the Aegean. The explosive identity of this island will travel you to the craggy rocks elegantly carved lava provoking your awe and the thought that the volcano might be still active will inflame your shiver while bathing in the yellowish sulfur waters. From the volcanic sceneries of the caldera and the idiomorphic black sandy beaches to the atmospheric villages and the stunning views of the hinterland, this island hides mythical moments of romance. Its millions of mysteries await for you to be unveiled. The evocative landscapes, the lunar sceneries and the fascinating history of the island attest that Santorini is a natural monument for your bucket list, a destination you deserve to explore even for once in this life.

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The Capital of Santorini

The Town of Fira is the capital of Santorini located on the west side of the island. The settlement is perched on the edge of an imposing cliff with panoramic views to the volcano. Fira has the traditional architecture of the Cyclades with whitewashed houses, blue domed churches and labyrinthine alleys. The most important monuments of Fira include the Archaeological Museum of Santorini with numerous findings from the archaeological site of Akrotiri, the Museum of Prehistoric Thera, the Folklore Museum of Emmanuel Lignos and the Church of Hypapante for the outstanding mosaic and the impressive bell tower. You can actually walk in the labyrinthine alleys of Fira all the way to the village of Firostefani. The epicenter of Fira is the side of the caldera where you can admire panoramic views of the volcano!

The Archaeological site of Akrotiri

The Archaeological site of Akrotiri is one of the most important archaeological sites of the Aegean located on the southwest side of the island. Akrotiri was one of the main urban centers of the Aegean and its strategic geographical location helped it transform into an important harbor of commercial activity. Archaeological excavations brought to light the remnants of an ancient settlement during works to transport volcanic soil from the island with the intention of insulating the Canal Bridge of Suez. According to scholars, the ancient settlement was constructed around the 5th century BC and destroyed by an earthquake in the 17th century BC.

The Caldera of Santorini

The Caldera of Santorini is one of the most outstanding natural wonders on planet earth. The volcanic explosion of Santorini took place three thousands and five hundred years ago and resulted in the alteration of the topography of the Mediterranean. The caldera is actually a basin with a diameter of four miles, which has been linked with the mystery of Atlantis from numerous archaeologists and scientists. Steel rocks and cliffs compose the landscape of the caldera extending more that one thousand feet above the sea level. The distance from the one end of Santorini to the other end is eighteen meters while the breadth of the island varies from two to six meters. The northernmost side of the Caldera is the beautiful village of Oia while the eastern elevation of the caldera is located at the capital of Fira. The caldera of Santorini is one of the most important geological configurations of the planet that has attracted a higher research matter in the subjects of archaeology and geology.

The Castle of Skaros

The Castle of Skaros was one of the most impregnable fortified settlements of the island on top of the steep cliff in the village of Imerovigli. Today, the remnants of the castle are the sole significant remains. The most intriguing part of the castle is the view to the Caldera with captivating sunset views. The castle was deserted in the 18th century when the residents moved to the village of Fira, the present capital of Santorini. Today, the rock of Skaros is totally uninhabited with remnants of numerous buildings.

The Monastery of Prophet Elias

The Monastery of Prophet Elias is one of the oldest monasteries of Santorini that dominates the highest point of the island. The monastery played an important role in the economic and cultural life of Santorini, as it used to owe a ship that carried out business with the Mediterranean. The monastery hosts an interesting museum dedicated to the folklore and ecclesiastical tradition of the island. Peter Nomikos has donated numerous folklore objects from his old mansions.  The monastery has also workshops on candle making, printing and shoemaking. The monks of the monastery also deal with wine making. Here, one will admire breathtaking views of the entire island of Santorini.

The Red Beach

The Red Beach is the most impressive beach of Santorini. It is a sandy and pebbled beach with blue waters located on the south side of the island. It is one of the most beautiful beaches of Santorini with impressive landscapes and towering reddish high cliffs. The beach is organized with numerous amenities including sunbeds, umbrellas and a canteen. Snorkeling is highly recommended, as the seabed is rather impressive with interesting rocks.

The Village of Megalohori

The Village of Megalohori is one of the most traditional villages of Santorini located on the southwest side of the island. Lying on a hill, the settlement has an authentic atmosphere with whitewashed houses and narrow alleys. Here, one will have the opportunity to experience the rich wine tradition of the island. The wineries of Boutaris and Gavalas are located on the outskirts of the village. Also, you can visit the thermal springs on the beaches of Plaka and Thermi.

The Village of Oia

The Village of Oia is one of the most beautiful villages of Santorini located on the north side of the island. The traditional settlement lies on the top of an impressive cliff with astonishing views towards the volcano. Oia has a romantic atmosphere with colorful houses, blue domed churches and labyrinthine alleys. The charming village is renowned for its beautiful sunset views. Worth visiting sights include the Maritime Museum, the Museum of Musical Instruments and the Castle of Agios Nikolaos. The windmills of Oia are one of the most charming spots of Santorini where you can enjoy panoramic views! The haven of the settlement is the charming harbor of Ammoudi, which is renowned for its delicious fresh fish taverns. Oia has been characterized as a traditional settlement from the Presidential Decree of the State of Greece!

The Volcano of Santorini

The Volcano of Santorini is the most renowned active volcanic center of the volcanic arc of Greece. The volcano was erupted in 1.650 BC, which is considered to be one of the largest eruptions in the last ten thousand years. The last eruptions of the volcano happened in 1953. The island is the result of a complex history of volcanic eruption, during which the size and shape of Santorini was changed repeatedly. Therefore, Santorini is blessed with outstanding wild beauty sceneries. The island is also known for the four islands of black lava located at the center of the basin of the caldera. These include Aspronisi, Nea Kameni, Palea Kameni and Thirassia. The islands are the youngest islands in the Aegean formed following twelve eruptions occurred sporadically since 195 BC. Thirassia is the sole inhabited island. The majority of the volcanic layers are visible in the multi colored sequences of the imposing steep inner walls of the caldera. The volcano of Santorini is widely known as Nea Kameni. Excursion boats operated from the harbors of Ammoudi, Athinios and Gialos.

Archaeological Sites

The Ancient Tombs of Οchendra are located in the village of Exomitis on the south side of the island. Tombs of the Hellenistic period carved in the limestone rock of Vlichada can be seen on site. The port of Ancient Elefsina is throught to be close to the area of Exomiti.

The Ancient Town of Thera was the administrative, religious and urban center of Santorini located on the southeast coast of the island.  Archaeological excavations brought to light the remnants of an ancient settlement that inhabitation continued until the Byzantine period. The position of Thera is naturally fortified from the mountain slopes, as it was built on a place inaccessible from land and sea. The main monuments of Ancient Thera include the Sanctuary of Artemidoros, the admiral of the Protemaic Fleet, the commercial center of Agora, the Royal Stoa with statues of the Caesar’s family, the Hellenistic Temple of Dionysus, the Sanctuary of Apollo Karneios, the Cemeteries, the Theatre and the Gymnasium for Ephebes.

The Archaeological site of Akrotiri is one of the most important archaeological sites of the Aegean located on the southwest side of the island. Akrotiri was one of the main urban centers of the Aegean and its strategic geographical location helped it transform into an important harbor of commercial activity. Archaeological excavations brought to light the remnants of an ancient settlement during works to transport volcanic soil from the island with the intention of insulating the Canal Bridge of Suez. According to scholars, the ancient settlement was constructed around the 5th century BC and destroyed by an earthquake in the 17th century BC.

Castles and Towers

The Castle of Agios Nikolaos was one of the fortified settlements of Santorini built on the northwest edge of the island in the village of Oia. According to historical evidence, the castle existed from 1480. However, it was abandoned after the severe earthquake of 1956, as the majority of the traditional settlement tumbled into the sea below the caldera.  Today, the castle of Agios Nikolaos is one of the favorite spots for sunset!

The Castle of Akrotiri was one of the fortified settlements of Santorini located in the village of Akrotiri. In 1336, the castle was donated to the family of Gozzadini from the Duke of Naxos namely Marcus Sanudo. The tower of Goulas was built in the center of the once fortified settlement. Today, remnants of the castle are the sole surviving parts while the tower exists in an altered state due to the devastating earthquake of 1956.

The Castle of Emborio is the best preserved castle of Santorini standing on the highest spot of the island. The castle was constructed from the Venetians during the 15th century in the village of Emborio. The castle had a fortified architecture with only one entrance of the west side. Consequently, the outer buildings constituted the defensive walls of the castle. The tower of Goulas was constructed with a Venetian structure in the 15th century. According to tradition, it was built from the monks of the Monastery of Agios Ioannis Theologos in Patmos with the intention of protecting the treasure of the monastery.

The Castle of Skaros was one of the most impregnable fortified settlements of the island on top of the steep cliff in the village of Imerovigli. Today, the remnants of the castle are the sole significant remains. The most intriguing part of the castle is the view to the Caldera with captivating sunset views. The castle was deserted in the 18th century when the residents moved to the village of Fira, the present capital of Santorini. Today, the rock of Skaros is totally uninhabited with remnants of numerous buildings.

The Castle of Pyrgos was one of the fortified settlements of Santorini located in the village of Pyrgos. The castle was constructed in the 16th century with a fortified architecture, as the outer buildings constituted the defensive walls of the castle with only one entrance. Once Skaros was abandoned, the castle of Pyrgos became the capital of the island. One will find the church of Agia Theodosia close to the entrance. Within the walls of the castle, the church of Theotokaki is believed to have built in the 10th century while the church of Eisodion of Theotokos dominates the highest point of the castle.

Churches and Monasteries

The Catholic Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist is one of the greatest jewels of Fira. With the arrival of the Crusaders, Catholicism has a long history on the island. The cathedral was built in 1823. However, it was greatly damaged from the earthquake of 1956. The present form is a result of the restoration following the earthquake. It has a baroque style with an imposing bell tower clock. The cathedral is located in the catholic neighborhood of Fira. Inside the cathedral, one can admire numerous religious portraits framed with pillars.

The Church of Hypapante is the orthodox cathedral of Santorini located in the center of Fira. The church was built in 1827 while it was greatly damaged from the earthquake of 1956. The present form is a result of the restoration following the earthquake. The beautiful cathedral has an outstanding mosaic and an impressive bell tower. The rolling arches of the cathedral create the charming churchyard. Wonderful frescoes from the Santorinian Christopher Asimis decorate the church.

The Church of Panagia Episkopi is the most important byzantine monument of the island located in the village of Episkopi. The church was constructed in the 11th century from Alexios Komnenos. The interior is decorated with impressive sculptures along with paintings and a carved marble iconostasis.

The Church of Panagia Katefiani is a beautiful church located on the mountain slopes of Mesa Vouno on the southeast side of the island. Built inside a rock, the church was used as a refugee for the locals in times of enemy invasions. Here, one can admire panoramic views of the Aegean. Panagia Katefiani celebrates on September 8.

The Church of Timios Stavros is one of the largest churches of the island that dominates the central square of the village of Perissa. The church was built in 1835 while it was greatly damaged from the earthquake of 1956. The present form is a result of the restoration following the earthquake. The church distinguishes for its beautiful bell tower and the imposing blue dome. The church celebrates in honor of the saint on September 14.

The Dominican Convent of Santorini is located in the catholic neighborhood of Fira. The convent hosts twelve nuns of different nationalities. Inside the church, there is the Rozario Church with a marvelous traditional architecture. The baroque style of the church has attracted numerous historians.

The Monastery of Agios Nikolaos is a female monastery located between the villages of Imerovigli and Firostefani. The monastery was founded in 1653. The Venetian family of Gizi, who used to reside within the Venetian castle of Skaros, decided to turn their private chapel into a monastery, until the archbishop of Santorini gave permission to move it to its present location. Today, the large halls of the monastery host a folklore and ecclesiastical museum.

The Monastery of Prophet Elias is one of the oldest monasteries of Santorini that dominates the highest point of the island. The monastery played an important role in the economic and cultural life of Santorini, as it used to owe a ship that carried out business with the Mediterranean. The monastery hosts an interesting museum dedicated to the folklore and ecclesiastical tradition of the island. Peter Nomikos has donated numerous folklore objects from his old mansions.  The monastery has also workshops on candle making, printing and shoemaking. The monks of the monastery also deal with wine making. Here, one will admire breathtaking views of the entire island of Santorini.

Monuments

The Lighthouse of Akrotiri is one of the oldest lighthouses of the country constructed in 1892. The lighthouse stands on the southern peninsula of the island. Although it first operates by petrol fuel, the lighthouse now operates electronically since 1988. The surrounding area is replete with vestiges of the Minoan years, an important area of the culture and civilization of the Aegean. Here, one can admire astonishing sunset views.

The Windmills of Santorini is one of the most charming spots of the island located above the village of Oia. The windmills were built to produce flour by exploiting wind power. Here, one can admire one of the most beautiful sunsets of Greece!

Museums

The Archaeological Museum of Santorini is located in Fira. The museum exhibits objects from the long history of the island. Exhibits include unique collections of inscriptions and sculptures from the Archaic to the Roman period. Highlights include the ceramic vases and the marble figurines from the Geometric era.

The Folklore Museum of Emmanuel Lignos is housed in an old cave house in Fira. This unique museum showcases a matured winery along with numerous artifacts made from indigenous carpenters. The museum also displays a rich collection of books and manuscripts of the Aegean along with artworks of renowned Greek painters. The chapel of Agios Konstantinos stands in the yard of the museum.

The Folklore and Ecclesiastical Museum of Santorini is housed within the monastery of Prophet Elias in Pyrgos. Folklore exhibits include antique furniture, tools, documents and books while ecclesiastical exhibits include religious images, woodcarvings, ecclesiastical embroideries, liturgical books, carved chalices and holy relics.

The Maritime Museum of Santorini is housed in a beautiful mansion in the village of Oia. The museum was founded in 1956 with the intention of presenting the long maritime history of the island. Exhibits include nautical equipment, historical documents and impressive ship replicas.

The Minerals and Fossils Museum was founded from the Cultural Society of Thira in the village of Perissa. The oldest exhibits dates back to 1.5 bullion years ago. Exhibits include minerals and fossils from Santorini and other places of Greece. Of the fossils, which cover all groups of organisms, particularly important are the plant fossils of olive, mastic, and palm trees from the Santorini Caldera, dating back sixty thousands years ago. This rare flora, unique in the Mediterranean, provides evidence on the past evolutionary plant development in Europe.

The Museum of Megaron Gyzi is the cultural center of Santorini located in Fira. The museum displays a rich collection of authentic engravings of the Cycladic islands from the 15th to the 19th century along with a collection of old public and private historical manuscripts. The cultural center is also known for an exquisite collection of exceptional paintings from local artists. At last, the exhibits also includes a collection of old pictures of Santorini. The Megaron Gyzi organizes cultural events on an annual basis.

The Museum of Musical Instruments is housed in the old community building of the village of Oia. The museum hosts an interesting collection of musical instruments from the 2nd century BC till the early 20th century. The collection is the personal collection of Mr Halaris, a prominent musician. A visit to the museum is possible upon request by caling 00302286072000.

The Museum of Prehistoric Thera is located in Fira. The entire exhibition area is dedicated to the history and geology of the island housing findings from excavations in the site of Akrotiri. Exhibits include ceramics, marble statues, tools and weaponry.

The Tomato Industrial Museum of D. Nomikos is located on the beach of Vlychada.The historical tomato factory of D. Nomikos is an exquisite sample of industrial architecture that offers to its visitors a journey back in the past of Santorini. The museum presents the cultivation, processing and production of tomato through a wide collection of machinery and tools that date back to 1890. Carved into the wild sceneries of Santorini, the tomato museum is a rare industrial museum in Greece.

The Traditional Mansion of Argyros is a wonderful neoclassical mansion located in the village of Messaria. George Argyros was a prosperous landlord and trader of local wine. Built in 1860, the mansion displays the history of Santorini through the past two centuries. The museum is located in the first floor and it displays artifacts and antiquities of the culture and heritage of the Greek tradition. Exhibits include unusual paintings and antique furniture from the 19th century. The Traditional Mansion of Argyros has been declared as a valuable sample of traditional architecture from the Ministry of Culture.

The Wine Museum of Koutsoyannopoulos presents the long history of wine of Santorini in a natural cave in the village of Vothonas. The entire range of tools and machinery are genuine which have been used greatly from the family through the years. The stages of winemaking process are presented in chronological order. One will have the opportunity to taste four wines of the winery of Koutsoyannopoulos.

The Santo Zeum is located in Thira. The discovery of the ancient wall paintings of Akrotiri constitutes undoubtedly the most significant contribution to our knowledge of Aegean art and society along with an outstanding insight into the ancestry of Santorini. Since 2011, the exhibition is hosted at Santo Zeum.

Natural Beauties

The Caldera of Santorini is one of the most outstanding natural wonders on planet earth. The volcanic explosion of Santorini took place three thousands and five hundred years ago and resulted in the alteration of the topography of the Mediterranean. The caldera is actually a basin with a diameter of four miles, which has been linked with the mystery of Atlantis from numerous archaeologists and scientists. Steel rocks and cliffs compose the landscape of the caldera extending more that one thousand feet above the sea level. The distance from the one end of Santorini to the other end is eighteen meters while the breadth of the island varies from two to six meters. The northernmost side of the Caldera is the beautiful village of Oia while the eastern elevation of the caldera is located at the capital of Fira. The caldera of Santorini is one of the most important geological configurations of the planet that has attracted a higher research matter in the subjects of archaeology and geology.

The Thermal Springs of Santorini were formed from the eruption of the volcano. Nea Kameni is surrounded from warm dark waters renowned for their therapeutic properties. The thermal springs consist from manganese, iron and sulfur with a temperature of 33 degrees of Celsius.

The Volcano of Santorini is the most renowned active volcanic center of the volcanic arc of Greece. The volcano was erupted in 1.650 BC, which is considered to be one of the largest eruptions in the last ten thousand years. The last eruptions of the volcano happened in 1953. The island is the result of a complex history of volcanic eruption, during which the size and shape of Santorini was changed repeatedly. Therefore, Santorini is blessed with outstanding wild beauty sceneries. The island is also known for the four islands of black lava located at the center of the basin of the caldera. These include Aspronisi, Nea Kameni, Palea Kameni and Thirassia. The islands are the youngest islands in the Aegean formed following twelve eruptions occurred sporadically since 195 BC. Thirassia is the sole inhabited island. The majority of the volcanic layers are visible in the multi colored sequences of the imposing steep inner walls of the caldera. The volcano of Santorini is widely known as Nea Kameni. Excursion boats operated from the harbors of Ammoudi, Athinios and Gialos.

Promenades & Villages

Akrotiri is a mountainous village located on the southeast side of the island. The settlement has a traditional character with whitewashed houses and labyrinthine alleys. The castle of Akrotiri was one of the five fortified settlements of the island. Today, remnants of the castle are the sole surviving parts dominating the highest point of Akrotiri.  The most important monument of the area is the archaeological site of Akrotiri as it was one of the main urban centers of the Aegean and its strategic geographical location helped it transform into an important harbor of commercial activity. Today, the beautiful frescoes of the ancient city are displayed in the National Archaeological Museum of Athens. In the wider area, one can visit the Red Beach and the Lighthouse of Akrotiri.

Ammoudi is the charming harbor of Oia located on the north side of the island. Considered as the most picturesque spots of Santorini, Ammoudi has an authentic atmosphere with whitewashed houses and labyrinthine alleys along the coast. The surrounding imposing high reddish cliffs create sceneries of wild beauty. Here, one can hop on a boat to visit the volcano of Santorini and the island of Thirassia. Ammoudi is renowned for its delicious fresh fish taverns.

Athinios is the main harbor of Santorini located on the west side of the island. Here, you can hop on a boat to visit the volcano of Santorini and Thirassia. During the summer, there are frequent bus services.

Emborio is a mountainous village located on the south side of the island. It is the largest settlement of Santorini lying on the mountain slopes of Prophet Elias. The village has a traditional character with whitewashed houses, blue domed churches and labyrinthine alleys. The most important monument of Emborio is the medieval castle standing on the highest spot of the island. The castle had a fortified architecture with only one entrance of the west side. Consequently, the outer buildings constituted the defensive walls of the castle. In the wider area, one can visit the beaches of Perissa, Perivolos and Vichada.

Finikia is a charming village located on the northwest side of the island. Considered as one of the most beautiful villages of Santorini, Finikia offers astonishing views towards the island of Ios. The settlement is surrounded from mountain slopes full of vineyards and stone threshing fields. A walk around the settlement is a beautiful experience. One will have the opportunity to admire colorful houses and fences built from black andesite while the staircases leading to the upper floors are outstanding. Find the churchyard of the church of Agia Matrona; there you will admire beautiful views!

Fira is the capital of Santorini located on the west side of the island. The settlement is perched on the edge of an imposing cliff with panoramic views to the volcano. Fira has the traditional architecture of the Cyclades with whitewashed houses, blue domed churches and labyrinthine alleys. The most important monuments of Fira include the Archaeological Museum of Santorini with numerous findings from the archaeological site of Akrotiri, the Museum of Prehistoric Thera, the Folklore Museum of Emmanuel Lignos and the Church of Hypapante for the outstanding mosaic and the impressive bell tower. You can actually walk in the labyrinthine alleys of Fira all the way to the village of Firostefani. The epicenter of Fira is the side of the caldera where you can admire panoramic views of the volcano!

Firostefani is the continuation of the village of Fira located on the north side of the capital. The large neighborhood has a traditional atmosphere with spectacular views of the volcano of Santorini. One can admire magnificent views of Fira especially during the night when the whole settlement is lighted with millions of colours. Also, Firostefani offers beautiful sunset views! The Monastery of Agios Nikolaos lies between the villages of Firostefani and Imerovigli. The best way to visit Firostefani is through the old cobblestone path from Fira!

Imerovigli is a picturesque village located on the north side of the island. Characterized as one of the most beautiful balconies of Santorini, the settlement is the continuation of Fira and Firostefani. The location of Imerovigli provides a clear view of the Caldera of Santorini, as it allowed to the locals to observe the pirate ships approaching. The traditional settlement has a peaceful atmosphere with whitewashed houses and labyrinthine alleys. The best way to visit Imerovigli is through the old cobblestone path from Fira!

Karterados is a mountainous village located on the west side of the island. Distinguished for its traditional architecture, Karterados has a peaceful atmosphere surrounded from numerous vineyards that create beautiful natural sceneries.  The views from the church of Agios Nikolaos will undoubtedly take your breath away.

Megalohori is one of the most traditional villages of Santorini located on the southwest side of the island. Lying on a hill, the settlement has an authentic atmosphere with whitewashed houses and narrow alleys. Here, one will have the opportunity to experience the rich wine tradition of the island. The wineries of Boutaris and Gavalas are located on the outskirts of the village. Also, you can visit the thermal springs on the beaches of Plaka and Thermi.

Mesa Gonia, else known as Episkopi, is a rural village located on the central part of the island. The settlement was known for its long tradition in wine making until the extensive damages in the earthquake of 1956.The Winery of Roussos is one of the oldest wineries of Santorini located at the entrance of the village. Worth visiting is the Church of Panagia Episkopi. The church is the important byzantine monument of the island.

Messaria is a mountainous village located on the central part of the island. Messaria has a peaceful atmosphere surrounded from numerous vineyards creating beautiful natural sceneries.  Strolling around the settlement reveals imposing neoclassical buildings and restored mansions. The most important monument of the area is the Traditional Mansion of Argyros, one of the best examples of neoclassical architecture of Santorini.

Oia is one of the most beautiful villages of Santorini located on the north side of the island. The traditional settlement lies on the top of an impressive cliff with astonishing views towards the volcano. Oia has a romantic atmosphere with colorful houses, blue domed churches and labyrinthine alleys. The charming village is renowned for its beautiful sunset views. Worth visiting sights include the Maritime Museum, the Museum of Musical Instruments and the Castle of Agios Nikolaos. The windmills of Oia are one of the most charming spots of Santorini where you can enjoy panoramic views! The haven of the settlement is the charming harbor of Ammoudi, which is renowned for its delicious fresh fish taverns. Oia has been characterized as a traditional settlement from the Presidential Decree of the State of Greece!

Pyrgos is a mountainous village located on the central part of the island. Lying on top of a hill, the settlement is embellished with whitewashed houses and labyrinthine alleys spreading around the castle. Characterized as a preserved monument, Pyrgos offers panoramic views of Santorini. The fortified settlement of Pyrgos is one of the five fortified settlements of Santorini. Once Skaros was abandoned, the castle of Pyrgos became the capital of the island. The church of Eisodion of Theotokos dominates the highest point of the castle. The Monastery of Prophet Elias lies on the highest spot of the mountain. The village is surrounded from vineyards, an ideal place of lovers of trekking. Another interesting path includes the old medieval path that leads from Pyrgos to the village of Emborio.

Vothonas is one of the most charming villages of Santorini located on the central part of the island. Built on a beautiful ravine, the settlement has a peaceful atmosphere with traditional houses carved out of rocks. The church of Agia Anna is definitely a monument worth visiting. It is the oldest church of the village with an impressive carved wooden panel portraying scenes from the Old Testament. However, the most impressive church is the rock-hewn church of Panagia Trypa celebrated on the 2nd of February with large traditional feast.

Sunset Spots

Spot: Castle of Agios Nikolaos, North Santorini

Spot: Church of Agios Efstratios, Southwest Santorini

Spot: Church of Kyra Panagia, Northwest Santorini

Spot: Church of Panagia Theoskepasti, North Santorini

Spot: Lighthouse of Santorini, Southeast Santorini

Excursions

Boat Tour: The tour of the volcano of Santorini is a beautiful experience. There, you will have the opportunity to climb on the top of the volcano and see the active crater of Nea Kameni, swim in the hot springs of Palea Kameni and to discover the village of Manolas on the top of the caldera of Thirassia. Excursion boats operate from the harbor of Gialos in Fira and the harbor of Ammoudi in Oia.

Boat Trip: The Island of Anafi is isolated in its mysterious simplicity at the edge of the Cyclades. Legend says that Anafi emerged from the Aegean Sea in order to provide a safe harbour for the Argonauts on the return voyage from the Golden Fleece. Following the legend, the island was named Anafi, as the meaning of it is …the island that appeared… Anafi is isolated in its mysterious simplicity at the edge of the Cyclades. The charming capital of Anafi is Hora, a true specimen of Cycladic architecture with whitewashed houses, flowery courtyards and labyrinthine alleys, which seems like it is climbing on the imposing rock above the deep blue of the sea. Anafi is a well-kept secret, a buried hidden treasure and a hideaway escape in the Aegean waiting for you to discover it. The island is a small paradise of pristine natural beauty that resembles the Garden of Eden. The beautiful golden sandy beaches of the south make an indescribable contrast with the natural wilderness of the steep cliffs of the north that boast a rare topography from the expansive sea level horizon. However, the most intriguing part of Anafi is the view from the gigantic cape of Kalamos, the second largest monolith of Europe,that hangs over the sea! This view will definetely reward you , and maybe these words are too little to describe the picture and the feelings when you climb on the edge of Anafi. But this is not it; can you imagine staring to the most beautiful sunrise of the east Mediterranean, a vermillion sun emerging beneath your feet painting the sea with the most beautiful colours? Imagine just that and you might be able to feel the uniqueness of this island! The hospitable Anafiots and the peacefulness of the wild landscape, the narrow cobblestone streets and the whitewashed houses, the most red sunrise and the waters in all shades of blue, green and turquoise will make you want to stay here forever!

Boat Trip: The Island of Ios is an island of history since the depths of centuries alleged as the home of Homer. An island with magnificent beaches, beautiful sceneries of extreme natural beauty and a lively nightlife. Ios hides inexhaustible mysterious beauties that will fascinate you with the spirit of Homer wandering around the island under the sun of the Aegean. Charming chapels and archaeological treasures, dreamy beaches and cultural attractions, Ios has managed to tie everything. It is an island of diversionary, which gives you the opportunity to meet the other, unseen side of it, an ideal place for exploration. When you arrive at the harbor of Gialos, the whitewashed church of Agia Irini will salute you while your eyes will be captivated from the beautiful village of Hora, the impressive windmills of Ios and the churches if you look higher, a landscape of traditional beauty worth seeing before you disembark. As for Hora, it is one of the finest villages of the Cyclades, a true specimen of the traditional architecture of the Cyclades. Whitewashed houses and blue windows, stone windmills and light blue domes, labyrinthine alleys and flowery courtyards spread amphitheatrically on the slope of the hill of the medieval castle. Ios is waiting for you to discover it, as it desires to introduce to you the side that is always left unexplored. The rugged coastline is dotted from scattered whitewashed churches that add a special touch of the grey mountains of Ios, overflown from olive trees and vineyards. One can say that Ios knows that the secret to remain forever young is at your heart.

Boat Trip: The Island of Thirassia is found not even a mile away from the romantic settlement of Oia. However, it seems like time on the isle has stopped in another era. Strange how time and distance can play with your mind. And what about the size? What Thirasia might lack in size, it replenishes in sceneries, as it constitutes the remnants of the great volcanic explosion of the Aegean. The imposing natural terrain with the impressive geological formations, the folklore traditional architecture of the settlement and the authentic traditional colors of the village of Manolas along with the black beach of Korfos compose the spectacular beauty of this volcanic isle. Thirasia will leave you speechless as you climb to the highest point of hers. An imposing natural monument is unfolding in your eyes and it grasps your attention without even trying! How could this happen? Oh, miracles still happen! The unspoilt beauty of Thirasia will seduce you with the whitewashed houses that are scattered on the wild beauty of the black earth of the volcano. Will you let her seduce you?

Activities

Climbing: Although the caldera seems ideal for climbing, the truth is that the fragments of volcanic subsoil are not suitable for climbing. However, there are three organized climbing routes on the island. (1) The limestone cliffs of Perivolos have routes to fifteen meters. The southeastern orientation is ideal for climbing in the sunny hours. (2) The climbing routes of Kamari are located on the road to the Ancient Town of Thira. The best time is afternoon as the sun is very strong in the summer. (3) In the high rock of the beach of Perissa, there are sign posted climbing routes. Morning hours are preferable as you can enjoy a delightful swim in the beach afterwards.

Diving: Santorini is blessed with numerous outstanding diving spots. These include the promontory of Tripiti in the island of Thirassia, the shipwreck in Palea Kameni, the reef of Adiavati close to Akrotiri, the Perissa Rock close to the beach of Kamari and the Faros Reef close to the lighthouse of Akrotiri. One can find diving centers on the beaches of Kamari, Perissa and Pyrgos.

Hiking: The hinterland of Santorini hides millions of surprises. The opportunity to discover these beauties on foot is a beautiful experience. (1) One of the most beautiful routes is the one that starts from the capital of Fira, passes though Imerovigli and leads to the village of Oia. (2) Another interesting route is the one that starts from the cobblestone path of the caldera in Fira and climbs up to the village of Imerovigli. From the highest point of the village, the trail descends to the narrow stairs passing over the hill of Skaros. There, you will admire the remnants of the castle of Skaros and one of the most beautiful sunsets of Santorini. (3) It is also worth following the route that starts from the monastery of Prophet Elias above the village of Pyrgos. This is is one of the most impressive trails in the Aegean. From there, you will clearly see a descending trail on your left. Start walking and when you reach the first fork in the road, go left towards Kamari and the Ancient Town of Thera. The views will definitely reward you! Discover more hiking trails from the Official Website of Santorini.

Kayaking: The opportunity to practice kayak in Santorini is definitely an unforgettable experience. You will have the chance to admire spectacular rocky formations and the beautiful beaches while entering the imposing caldera and admiring the sunset! Discover more information from Santorini Sea Kayak.

Sailing: With one of the most exceptional topographies in the Mediterranean, Santorini is a paradise for sailing enthusiasts. Sailing around the caldera is undoubtedly a unique experience. While sailing from the harbor of Ammoudi in Oia towards Fira and Akrotiri you will see the chapel of Theoskepasti of Skaros in Imerovigli while you will admire the lighthouse and the bay of Palos in Akrotiri. Must visit are the isles of Aspronisi, Palea and Nea Kameni. The port of Vlychada offers a rather safe anchorage and there is also a small platform in the bay of Ammoudi of Oia. Keep in mind that there is no way to moor or drop anchor around the Caldera. Much easier is to moor in the island of Aspronisi! Discover more information from the Official Website of Santorini.

Volcano Excursion: The Caldera of Santorini is one of the most outstanding natural wonders on earth. The caldera is actually a basic with a diameter of four miles, which has been linked with the mystery of Atlantis from numerous archaeologists and scientists. Steel rocks and cliffs compose the landscape of the caldera extending more that one thousand feet above the sea level. The distance from the one end of Santorini to the other end is eighteen meters while the breadth of the island varies from two to six meters. The northernmost side of the Caldera is the beautiful village of Oia while the eastern elevation of the caldera is located in the capital of Fira. The caldera of Santorini is one of the most important geological configurations of the planet. Excursion boats operated from the harbors of Ammoudi, Athinios and Gialos.

Beaches

Agios Georgios is a black sandy beach with blue waters located on the south side of the island. It is one of the most popular beaches of Santorini with numerous amenities including sunbeds, umbrellas, water sport facilities and beach bars. Agios Georgios is actually the continuation of the beach of Perivolos.

Almyra is a black pebbled beach with blue waters located on the south side of the island. It is a secluded beach ideal for those looking for tranquility. Access is possible from a small road that starts before the village of Akrotiri. There is also a fish tavern near the beach.

Ammoudi is the charming harbor of the village of Oia located on the north side of the island. Following the path on your left, you will reach a point overlooking the island of Agios Nikolaos. Although the terrain is rocky, it is one of the most unique landscapes of Santorini for swimming.

Baxedes is a black sandy beach with blue waters located on the north side of the island. It is one of the most secluded beaches of Santorini ideal for those looking for tranquility.

Columbo is a dark sandy beach with blue waters located on the north side of the island. It is the most isolated beach of Santorini with impressive dramatic sceneries. Around the area is the most active crater of Santorini; therefore the waters are usually really hot. Snorkeling is also advisable, as you can explore the cave that leads to the other side of it. However, it is not appropriate when the north winds blow.

Kamari is a sandy beach with blue waters located on the east side of the island. The beautiful beach is covered with black sand from the volcanic eruptions. The left side of the beach is dominated from an enormous rock rising from the sea. Kamari is one of the most cosmopolitan beaches of the Cyclades with numerous amenities including sunbeds, umbrellas and water sports facilities.

Mesa Pigadia is a sandy beach with crystalline waters located in the southern part of the island. If you are looking for privacy, serenity and seclusion, Mesa Pigadia is the ideal beach for you. In a wondrous landscape of immense natural beauty, it is definite that you won’t be disappointed. A lovely beach bar-restaurant operates at Mesa Pigadia. The beach is accessible through a dirt road. 

Monolithos is a long black sandy beach with blue waters located on the east side of the island. It is one of the most beautiful beaches of Santorini with numerous amenities including sunbeds and umbrellas.

Perissa is a long sandy beach with blue waters located on the southeast side of the island. It is one of the most beautiful beaches of Santorini covered with black sand created from the volcanic eruptions. Perissa is an organized beach with numerous amenities including sunbeds and umbrellas. Perissa is actually the continuation of the beach of Perivolos.

Perivolos is a long black sandy beach located on the south side of the island.  It is one of the most popular beaches of Santorini with numerous amenities including sunbeds, umbrellas, water sport facilities and beach bars. On the southern part of Perivolos, one will find the beach of Agios Georgios. Perivolos is actually the continuation of the beach of Perissa and Agios Georgios.

Pori is a black sandy beach with blue waters located on the northeast side of the island. It is a secluded beach ideal for those looking for isolation and tranquility.

Red Beach is a sandy and pebbled beach with blue waters located on the south side of the island. It is one of the most beautiful beaches of Santorini with impressive landscapes of reddish high cliffs. The beach is highly organized with numerous amenities including sunbeds, umbrellas and a canteen. Snorkeling is highly recommended, as the seabed is rather impressive with interesting rocks.

Thermi is a black pebbled beach with geothermal springs located on the west side of the island. It is a secluded beach ideal for the ones looking for tranquility. Thermi also offers beautiful views to the volcano. There is also a fish tavern. The beach is accessible from a path that starts from the Winery of Boutaris in Megalohori.

Vlychada is a long black sandy and pebbled beach with blue waters located on the south side of the island. The white volcanic rocks of the beach create landscapes of indescribable natural beauty. The beach is adequately organized with sunbeds, umbrellas and a beach bar.

Vourvoulos is a black sandy and pebbled beach located on the west side of the island. It is a secluded beach ideal for those looking for tranquility. One will find a fish tavern near the beach.

White Beach is a black sandy beach with blue waters located on the south side of the island. The huge white rocks and pumice stones gave the name to the beach. One will find a few umbrellas and sunbeds on the beach along with a canteen. The easiest way to get to the beach is by boat from the beaches of Akrotiri and Red.

Coffee Corners, Gastronomic Delights and Cocktails Inspirations

Coffee Corners

Akro Beach Bar: Coffee & Drinks, Mesa Pigadia

Art: Coffee, Fira

Enigma: Coffee, Fira

Kalisperis Bakery: Pastries, Karterados

Lolita’s Gelato: Ice Cream, Oia

Melenio: Coffee and Pastries, Oia

Meteor: Coffee, Oia

Mylos: Coffee, Firostefani

Zotos: Pastries, Fira

Gastronomic Delights

Aktaion: Greek Cuisine, Firostefani

Anogi: Greek Cuisine, Imerovigli

Delfini: Seafood, Red Veacg

Dixtia: Seafood, Perivolos

Giorgaros: Seafood, Akrotiri

Il Cantuccio: Italian Cuisine, Firostefani

Kallisti: Greek Cuisine, Pyrgos

Katina: Seafood, Oia

Kritikos: Greek Cuisine, Vothonas

Lava: Greek Cuisine, Perissa

Melitini: Greek Cuisine, Oia

Metaxi Mas:  Greek Cuisine, Exo Gonia

Nihteri: Greek Cuisine, Kamari

Nikolas: Greek Cuisine, Fira

Psaraki: Mediterranean Cuisine, Vlychada

Pyrgos: Greek Cuisine, Pyrgos

Raki: Ouzo and Meze, Megalohori

Roka: Greek Cuisine, Oia

Sea Side by Notos: Mediterranean Cuisine, Perivolos

Sunset: Seafood, Oia

Ta Dixtia: Seafood, Perivolos

Cocktails Inspirations

Enigma Club: Cocktails and Drinks, Fira

Franco’s Bar: Cocktails and Drinks, Pyrgos

Koo: Cocktails and Drinks, Fira

Mylos: Cocktails and Drinks, Firostefani

Palia Kameni: Cocktails and Drinks, Fira

Sea Side by Notos Beach Bar Restaurant: Cocktails and Drinks, Perivolos

Tango: Cocktails and Drinks, Fira

Vertigo: Cocktails and Drinks, Fira

Wet Stories Beach Bar: Cocktails and Drinks, Perivolos

Local Products & Specialties

The local products of the island include the delicious wines of Santorini, the white eggplant and caper that is used in every Santorinian dish. The cherry tomato of Santorini is the most famous product of Santorini and has a Protected Designation of Origin.

The local specialties of the island include the fava dip made from the smooth paste of boiled fava lentils with onions and olive oil, meletinia, a local pie made of handmade pastry filled with the creamy cheese of mizithra, tomatokeftedes, a dish of tomatoes balls.

Events & Festivals

Every July and August, the Festival of Santorini Arts Factory takes place on the beach of Vlychada. The festival includes a series of cultural, musical and theatrical events.

Every July, the Jazz Festival of Santorini takes place in Santorini. Famous performers from both Greece and abroad take part in the festival.

Every July, the International Music Festival takes place in Fira. The festival hosts musical concerts from artists from all over the world. The concerts are held in the Conference Center of Petros Nomikos from the end of July till the beginning of September.

Every August, the Hepheastia Festival takes place in Santorini. The festival involves a representation of the eruption of the volcano with fireworks and numerous interesting events and concerts.

Every August, the Festival of Megaron Gyzi takes place in the Cultural Center in Fira. The festival hosts numerous cultural events including musical concerts and art exhibitions in the first three weeks of August.

Every 15th of August, the traditional celebration in honor of Virgin Mary takes place in the church of Panagia Episkopi. This is the biggest celebration of Santorini, during which food and wine is distributed to the people.

Every 8th of September, the traditional celebration in honor of Timios Stavros takes place in the homonymous church in the village of Perissa

History & Mythology

Mythology

According to mythology, Jason and the Argonauts landed on the island of Anafi on their return journey from the expedition. There, Euphemus saw a dream that he was making love to a nymph who was the daughter of the sea god Triton. The nymph got pregnant to his child, and her father would become angry. She, then, told to him to get a clod of earth and throw it to the sea. The time that Euphemus woke up, he decided to take the advice of the nymph and he indeed threw a clod of earth in the Aegean. Suddenly, an island emerged to provide a safe place for the pregnant nymph. This name was named either Kallisti meaning the most beautiful or Strongili due to the round shape of the island. The nymph gave birth to the son of Euphemus there, namely Theras. According to geologists, the island of Santorini was created from the eruption of a volcano.

History

Archaeological excavations show that the island has been inhabited since the Neolithic times. Around 3.600 BC, the island hosted an ancient colony of the Minoan Civilization whose remnants were discovered close to the village of Akrotiri. In Ancient times, the island was known as Strongili due to the round shape of the island. The enormous volcano eruption in 1.500 BC destroyed the entire island. Many archaeologists believed that the eruption was the main cause of the destruction of the Minoan Civilization. After the explosion, the central part of the island sank as well as numerous parts of the rest of the island from the following earthquakes. Some ancient myths link the destruction of Santorini with the mystery of Atlantis. According to historical evidence, the Phoenicians settled on the island around 1.300 BC for five generations. In 1.100 BC, Santorini was dominated from the Lacedemonians and renamed the island into Thera. During the 7th and 6th centuries BC, Thera experienced a high commercial and trade development with the other islands of Greece. Thera became an important naval base and one of the most important trade centers of the Aegean due to its strategically geographical position. Around 1.200 AC, Thera was dominated from the Byzantine Empire followed from the Venetian Marco Sanudo, becoming a part of the Duchy of the Aegean. To this extend, the name of the island was given from the Venetians after the name of the Catholic Church, Santa Irini. During the Ottoman Empire, Thera flourished in trading with the ports of the East Mediterranean. However, the economy of Santorini declined after the devastating earthquake in 1956. In the 1970s, Santorini became one of the best destinations of the world.

Travel & Transport

By Air: Santorini has an international airport with scheduled flights on an annual basis.  From April to October, there are charter flights from numerous countries of Europe. The journey from Athens usually lasts forty five minutes to one hour. Book your tickets with AirTickets.com!

Airport Pickups: Book a trusted local driver to pick you up and introduce you to your next destination, pre-order travel essentials, and get all your questions answered before or during the trip with Welcome Pickups! Book your driver for Santorini now!

By Boat (155 Nautical Miles): Santorini is accessible by boat from the harbors of Piraeus and Rafina. The journey usually lasts from four to six hours. Santorini is also connected with the islands of Anafi, Folegandros, Ios, Sikinos and Thirassia amongst others. Book your tickets with FerriesinGreece.com !

Hotels and Resorts

Mysterious Greece Tips

An Excursion to the Island of Thirassia

Not even a mile away from the romantic settlement of Oia, you will find Thirassia. However, it seems like time on the isle has stopped in another era. Strange how time and distance can play with your mind. And what about the size? What Thirasia might lack in size, it replenishes in sceneries, as it constitutes the remnants of the great volcanic explosion of the Aegean. The imposing natural terrain with the impressive geological formations, the folklore traditional architecture of the settlement and the authentic traditional colors of the village of Manolas along with the black beach of Korfos compose the spectacular beauty of this volcanic isle. Thirasia will leave you speechless as you climb to the highest point of hers. An imposing natural monument is unfolding in your eyes and it grasps your attention without even trying! How could this happen? Oh, miracles still happen! The unspoilt beauty of Thirasia will seduce you with the whitewashed houses that are scattered on the wild beauty of the black earth of the volcano. Will you let her seduce you?

Books, Tales and Stories: Atlantis Bookshop

Browse through an excellent selection of books in this fantastic bookshop of Oia. Craig and Oliver transformed an empty house in Oia into a lively bookstore in 2004. There, you will find an endless collection of fiction and non fiction books. Atlantis also organizes literary festival parties and poetry readings at sunset!

Climbing at Its Best: The Caldera of Santorini

Although the caldera seems ideal for climbing, the truth is that the fragments of volcanic subsoil are not suitable for climbing. However, there are three organized climbing routes on the island. (1) The limestone cliffs of Perivolos have routes to fifteen meters. The southeastern orientation is ideal for climbing in the sunny hours. (2) The climbing routes of Kamari are located on the road to the Ancient Town of Thira. The best time is afternoon as the sun is very strong in the summer. (3) In the high rock of the beach of Perissa, there are sign posted climbing routes. Morning hours are preferable as you can enjoy a delightful swim in the beach afterwards.

Dedicate a Day to the Archaeological Site of Akrotiri

The Archaeological site of Akrotiri is one of the most important archaeological sites of the Aegean located on the southwest side of the island. Akrotiri was one of the main urban centers of the Aegean and its strategic geographical location helped it transform into an important harbor of commercial activity. Archaeological excavations brought to light the remnants of an ancient settlement during works to transport volcanic soil from the island with the intention of insulating the Canal Bridge of Suez. According to scholars, the ancient settlement was constructed around the 5th century BC and destroyed by an earthquake in the 17th century BC.

Enjoying a Cocktail at Melenio in Oia

Standing on the towering cliffs of Oia, Melenio is one of the best locations to enjoy your cocktail with panoramic views of the caldera of Santorini!

Full Moon Nights in Firostefani

If you happen to be in Santorini on full moon, don’t miss out admiring the glowing lights of the moon to the Caldera from the village of Firostefani!

Exclusively for Photographers

The natural diversity and the hidden hinterland of Santorini offer numerous astonishing sceneries to capture with your eyes! But it would be a shame not to remember those beautiful landscapes, wouldn’t it? So, make sure you bring your camera with you!

Explore the Unexplored: Santorini Villages

It is highly advisable to visit the hinterland villages of Santorini! Must visit include the village of Megalohori, one of the most traditional villages of Santorini where one will have the opportunity to experience the rich wine tradition of the island. It is also worth visiting the mountainous village of Pyrgos that has been character as a preserved monument. Here, one should definitely visit the monastery of Prophet Elias lying on the highest spot of the mountain. Vothonas is also an ideal village for exploration. The houses of Vothonas are carved out of rocks, a unique architectural sample of the islands of Greece. At last, one should not opt out from his list the charming village of Finikia. The settlement is surrounded from mountain slopes full of vineyards and stone threshing fields. A walk around the settlement is a beautiful experience.

Exploring at Its Best: The Cobblestone Path from Fira to Firostefani

The best way to discover the mysterious beauties of Santorini is by walking the long old cobblestone path from Fira that continues to Imerovigli and Firostefani. Undoubtedly, you will have the opportunity to explore the unimaginable beauties of Santorini from a different perspective!

Hepheastia Festival: The Representation of the Eruption of the Volcano

Every August, the Hepheastia Festival is held in Santorini. The festival involves a representation of the eruption of the volcano with fireworks and numerous interesting events and concerts!

Hiking in An Active Volcano: An Experience of A Lifetime

Hiking in an active volcano is undoubtedly an experience of a lifetime! Here are some tips when you visit the volcano! When you arrive in the Geological Park of Nea Kameni, don’t forget to get your free leaflet. If you choose to visit the volcanic crater in summer, you must definitely wear athletic shoes, a hat and sunblock. In Palea Kameni, you can apply the mud on your body. Bear in mind that the smell and yellow color of sulfur will linger on your skin for a while.

Minerals and Fossils: Santorini Minerals and Fossils Museum

The Minerals and Fossils Museum was founded from the Cultural Society of Thira in the village of Perissa. The oldest exhibits dates back to 1.5 bullion years ago. Exhibits include minerals and fossils from Santorini and other places of Greece. Of the fossils, which cover all groups of organisms, particularly important are the plant fossils of olive, mastic, and palm trees from the Santorini Caldera, dating back sixty thousands years ago. This rare flora, unique in the Mediterranean, provides evidence on the past evolutionary plant development in Europe.

Movies under the Bright Stars of the Aegean

Cine Kamari has been voted from Guardian as one of the ten most beautiful summer cinemas in the world! Ideally located on the seaside promenade of Fira, the open air cinema offers a relaxed vista under the bright stars of the Aegean. The cinema operates from June until September.

Mysterious Santorini: An Authentic Experience in the Island of Lava

Wander around the pristine settlement of Karterados with the traditional celebrations, ascend the castle of Pyrgos to appreciate the views of the entire island, visit the charming chapels in Vothonas, learn about the wineries in Finikia, admire the views from Megalohori, visit the beach of Kamari to discover the sand lilies and taste the delicious fish taverns in Ammoudi!

Sunset Locations in One of the Most Romantic Destinations of the World

Acclaimed as one of the most romantic destinations in the world, Santorini is one of the best places to admire the sunset! The most renowned spot for watching the sunset is the village of Oia along with the caldera side of Fira. However, if you are visiting Santorini in high season, you can also visit the Lighthouse of Akrotiri, the church of Kyra Panagia in Finikia, the Church of Agios Efstratios in Megalohori or the Venetian Castle in Pyrgos in order to avoid the crowds!

Wine Tasting in Santorini

Santorini has a long tradition in winemaking. Discover the wineries open for visitors from the Official Website of Santorini.

Wines of Santorini: Exhibitions for the Long Tradition of Santorini

Giannis Drosos Chrysos desire was to retain the history of Santorini alive. For this reason, he opened the old canavas (winery) of his father for the visitors. The winery displays an exhibition of the wine history of Santorini, namely Santorini of the Past, through old wine barrels along with historical family objects. The wine press, the grapes, the distillation of raki, the mansion and the farmhouse give an idea to the visitors what Santorini was like in the past! One can also visit the Wine Museum of Koutsoyannopoulos in order to discover the long history of wine of Santorini. The entire range of tools and machinery are genuine which have been used greatly from the family through the years. The stages of winemaking process are presented in chronological order. One will have the opportunity to taste four wines of the winery of Koutsoyannopoulos.

The Tomatoes of Santorini

Tomato is one of the most characteristic products of Santorini. The tomatoes factories that were built are an interesting example of industrial architecture. In the beach of Avis, you will have the opportunity to admire one of these factories that has been preserved in pristine condition!

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Caldera Sunset: Mysterious Greece

Church of Panagia in Vothonas: Wolfgang Staudt by Wikimedia

Columbo Beach: Vassilis Tsikkiris by Flickr

Emborio Village: Klearhos Kapoutsis by Flickr

Fira Village: Kevin Zlr by Flickr

Fira in Winter: Nikola Totuhov by Google +

Fira by Night: Mysterious Greece

Karterados Village: Stefani Friedrich by Flickr

Megalohori Village: Mica Chemello by Panoramio

Monolithos Rocks: Seligman Waite by Flickr

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Perivolos Beach: Klearhos Kapoutsis by Flickr

Pyrgos Village: Ralf Blumenschein by Flickr

Red Beach: Fenix Zhang by Flickr

Red Beach: Shutterstock

Volcano: Stanisa Naumovski by Flickr

White Beach: Sia S by Flickr

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Info

Santorini Official Website can enlighten you!

Quick Facts

Island Complex: Cyclades Islands

Archipelago: Aegean Sea

Geographical Location: South Aegean

Capital: Fira

Area: 76 km2

Population: 15.25o

Did you know?

The name Cyclades refers to the circle around the sacred island of Delos.

Hiking in an active volcano is an experience of a lifetime.

Cars are not allowed in the villages of Fira, Firostefani, Imerovigli and Oia.

The cave houses of Santorini are sculptured inside the volcanic earth of the island.

Santorini has been characterized as an Area of Exceptional Natural Beauty from the Presidential Decree of the State of Greece.

According to tradition, Santorini (Santa Irini) owes its name to the church of Agia Irini on the island of Thirassia.


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