Santorini is where everyone visiting Greece wants to be. It is one of the most famous holiday destinations in the world with breathtaking views of the white houses perched on the volcanic cliffs, unique scenery of the volcanic caldera, volcanic black sandy beaches with crystal clear blue sea water, a mythical history, traditional villages with Cycladic architecture, and, the most romantic and unforgettable sunset. Santorini, with its 16 villages, offers plenty to do – everything from sightseeing activities and history, to walking paths, spectacular beaches, gourmet dining with local wines & specialties, to shopping.
Santorini is one of the most popular holiday destinations in the world, combining the unique beauty of volcanic rocks, black sandy beaches, a mythical history, traditional villages with Cycladic architecture and the most romantic and unforgettable sunsets.
The present form of the island of Santorini is the result of volcanic eruptions from prehistoric times. The largest eruption of the volcano dates back to 1645 BC. in the Late Bronze Age, when the center of the island sank and created the beautiful caldera we see today.
The population of the island is 15,500 inhabitants living in 13 villages. The majority of them are either near the sea or built on the rock. It is strongly suggested that you visit most, if not all, of them, as each has its own style and something different to offer. The capital is called Fira and the main port is called Athiniou. There is also an airport (Santorini Airport – JTR) on the island for easy access.
What to see
Santorini has a large number of attractions that can be visited by any traveler. Oia with the well-known sunset, the Museum of Prehistoric Thira in Fira, the cape where the archaeological settlement of Prehistoric Thira is located, the only caldera in Fira, the Virgin Mary of Malta in Imerovigli the Nea Kameni where you can climb up and And much more.
Santorini has many types of beaches, each with its own peculiarity. The white and red beaches with their names indicate the color of their sandy beach, the black pebble beach, Perissa which is the most tourist beach of the island, the monolith with the sandy beach and Kamari which attracts the largest number of tourists. along with Perissa.
Santorini offers all kinds of fun for everyone. Bars, restaurants, and clubs for every taste. A favorite among the lovers of wine tasting and especially wine tasting as it is one of the largest vineyards in Greece with 15,000 acres.
For those visitors passionate with trekking the paths Fira – Ia and Kamari – Perissa offer unique occasions for exercise and photo shooting. The beaches, located at the Southern part of the island are ideal for relaxation, partying and water sports. Whether you are visiting the island as a couple, solo or as a family there is a great variety of options for water of land excursions that over all expectations.
At the same time there are many races taking place on the island which attract the interest of many local and overseas runners. Santorini Experience is one of them, with both swimming and running event taking place in a great weekend.
An ideal way to enjoy the magical landscape of Santorini, the volcano and the nearby island of Thirassia is sitting on the deck of a luxurious yacht or catamaran while having a drink or taking a more party – like boat tour around the Caldera and meet with other people.
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In Perissa and Kamari beach watersports prevail. Mediterranean Dive, Santorini Dive Center and Wave Sport Club offer you everything -from jet skis, canoes and bananas to wind surfing. There is also a Water Park in that area for the younger guests.