Santorini or Thira (Thera) is one the most popular destinations in Greece. It sits on the top of a volcano-mountain. It is the most romantic destination in Greek Island and also in the world. It is one of the Cyclades islands located in the Aegean Sea. Santorini Island was the site of the largest volcanic eruptions in the world in 16th Century B.C. It is still an active volcano and probably the only volcano in the world whose crater is still in the sea, thus what remains is a submerged volcano and a caldera. Amazing villages have been constructed on the edge of this caldera, with breathing taking view of the sea and the fantastic Cycladic architectures.
Climate: Mediterranean climate, warm to hot, dry summers and mild to cool, wet winters. Best time to visit is from June to September.
By Air: Santorini(Thira) National airport is the airport in Santorini/Thira, Greece.
By Sea: High speed catamarans available. Take ferry, from Piraeus past Paros and Naxos to the new port of Athinios on Santorini.
Taxi and Bus services are also available.
Places of interest
Location: In the southern part of Aegean Sea, about 120km north of Crete, Greece
A natural wonder, the Santorini Caldera is one of its kinds on the planet earth. Formed nearly 3500 years ago, due to a volcanic explosion that altered the topography of the Mediterranean coast, it is in fact a basin having a diameter of nearly four miles. The landscape of the region is unique with towering steel rocks and cliffs. It rises nearly thousand feet above sea level and also extends up to a similar distance below the sea creating an ideal harbor. To the northern most part of Caldera is the town Oia and to the eastern elevation is the capital city Fira. Both the towns have bars, restaurants and hotels for the tourists also offering amazing panoramic views.
Location: In the Aegean Sea within the flooded Caldera, Santorini
Formed as a result of volcanic eruptions of ash and lava over the past two million years, the island of Neo Kameni and Palea Kameni are visited by many tourists daily during summers. The tourists take up tours of the volcanoes to see active vents, smoking craters with a strong sulfurous smell and even red succulents that grow on the thin soil during summers. In the island of Nea Kameni, you’ll find the most active volcano on Santorini. The crater is 130 meters up and takes 20 minutes to walk. It is an amazing experience and you must visit this awe inspiring place.
Location: 15km to the southeast of Fira
Perissa is a charming beach that extends for 7km on the southeastern side of Santorini featuring black sand and crystal clear water. The main attraction of the area is an enormous rock known as Mesa Vouno that rises from the sea. Shining in the dark, it leaves the onlookers spellbound. There are various beach facilities and the village offers numerous hotels, restaurants, cafes, taverns and bars that cater to the need of the tourists. You can take a small path from the beach to the ruins of Thera. You can use a donkey or travel on foot across this path.
Outdoor Cinema in Kamari
Location: Kamari, Santorini
This is so much fun. How about a movie in the open when the sun is setting and the sky is beginning to grow dark! The Greeks are considered to be the inventors of open-air cinema, and the theatre in Santorini is the first among them. Popular since the 20’s, it offers a great treat to watch a movie below the Mediterranean sky. Movie starts at 9.30pm with wine, beer and simple snacks available. All the movies are in English, with subtitles in Greek.
Akrotiri Minoan Site
The site of Akrotiri is located on the southern end of Santorini between the Red Beach and Akrotiri village. Excavations revealed ancient settlements around 1866 and many excavations later, fully developed settlements were revealed in 1967. It was understood that the 4500 BC town was destroyed twice, once by earthquake in 17 century BC and then by volcanic eruption a century later around 1650 BC. Covered by lava and ash, the town was preserved for years before being excavated. It is a great place to visit especially by those who love history.
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