Santorini, or Thira, is the top destination in Greece and among the most romantic destinations in the Greek islands and also in the world. Located in the Aegean Sea, in the Cyclades islands, Santorini island was the site of one of the largest volcanic eruptions in the world and what remains today is a submerged volcano and a caldera. Amazing villages has been constructed on the edge of this caldera, with Cycladic architecture and breathtaking view to the sea. Apart from the fabulous caldera villages, Santorini Greece is also famous for the romantic sunset, the volcano and the luxurious resorts. This Santorini travel guide will give you all the necessary information to organize your holiday.
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Santorini Travel Guide
Santorini is the top tourist destination in Greece, famous for the impressive caldera, the volcano and the romantic sunset. The island is frequently included among the best destinations in the world.
Have a look in our travel guide about Santorini and see all the useful information to organize better your trip to the island: see the villages, beaches, sights, churches, museums and more. Also have a look on our photos, 360 pictures and maps to get a better understanding of Santorini.
Things to see and do
Our Santorini guide will give you all the necessary information in order to travel and discover the sightseeing and the things to do on this beautiful island of Greece.
Santorini island, located on the southern side of the Aegean Sea, is among the most popular Greek islands, along with Mykonos and Crete. The island belong to the Cyclades islands group. It got its name in the Venetian times and refers to Saint Irene. The event that marked its history and nature is the enormous volcanic eruption of 1,650 BC. This eruption changed the circular shape of the island and created the famous caldera, on top of which picturesque villages were constructed along the centuries.
The tsunami of the eruption destructed the Minoan civilization of Crete Island and made the Minoan town of Akrotiri in Santorini disappear. For this reason, this fabulous place is related to the myth of Atlantis. The last volcanic eruption in Santorini Greece occurred recently in 1956.
The caldera villages are incredible with their traditional architecture, the paved streets and the breathtaking view to the sea. The village of Oia, in particular, is also famous in Greece for the romantic sunset. Book a hotel at the caldera and the experience will be unforgettable. Also do not miss the restaurants with the amazing view to the volcano.
On the southern side of the island, there are large beaches to enjoy a day in the sun. Kamari and Perissa are the best organized beaches and famous for their black sand, while particularly popular for the volcanic geology is the Red Beach. Close to the Red Beach is the Minoan Site of Akrotiri, which was covered in volcanic ash by the eruption of Thira. This volcano can be visited by boat tour from the old port of Fira.
The island is also know for the fabulous red and black beaches on the southern side, the archaeological site of Ancient Thera, the traditional ride on donkey, the cherry tomatoes that are cultivated only there, the delicious wines with spicy volcanic taste and of course it is famous as the most romantic destination for weddings.
Our travel guide of Cyclades in Greece provides information about sightseeing, things to do, villages, beaches, museums, churches and more.
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Have a look on our travel services about Santorini and organize your trip to the island: see the hotels we suggest, book your ferry tickets to Santorini, make a car reservation, book a transfer, tour or island hopping package that includes Santorini. If you do not want to get into all these details, ask us to organize your trip to the island.
Most impressive hotels in Santorini are found in the caldera villages of Oia, Fira, Firostefani and Imerovigli. Numerous luxury hotels, suites, spa resorts and villas are scattered in and around these towns, offering breathtaking views to the caldera and the Aegean Sea. These hotels offer upscale facilities, including outdoor massages, infinity pools, spa, open jacuzzi and more. Nice accommodation is also found at the beaches of Santorini. Kamari and Perissa are well-organized seaside settlements, where you can find modern villas and luxurious resorts next to family apartments.
Highlights in Santorini
Oia is the most beautiful village in Santorini, located on the northern side of the island. It is famous for its romantic sunset and the picturesque architecture.
The famous Red Beach is located on the southern side of Santorini. It distinguishes for the red sand and the red cliffs that surround this bay. Next to the Red Beach is the White Beach.
Santorini is famous for its romantic sunsets. The best sunset on the island is seen from Oia, but equally gorgeous are the sunsets from all the caldera villages.
In the centre of the sunken caldera of Santorini is the volcano, that remains active till today. Boat tours from the old port of Fira go to the volcano and the hot springs.
The Minoan Site of Akrotiri in Santorini is one of the most important archaeological sites in Greece. This town was covered by volcanic ashes from the eruption of Thera.
Fira, also known as Thira, is the capital of Santorini. This is a wonderful village, constructed right on the edge of the caldera. It has traditional architecture and lounge nightlife.
In summer, there are daily boat trips to the still active volcano and the hot springs of Santorini. These tours depart from the old port of Fira and they are getting very popular. Some tours continue to Oia and Thirassia island.
As Santorini is one of the most cosmopolitan destinations in Greece, it has many luxurious hotels and spa resorts to stay. Most impressive hotels are located at the caldera villages, such as Fira, Oia and Imerovigli.
Discover the highlights of Santorini in a day bus tour: see beautiful villages, the Minoan site of Akrotiri, relax on beaches, taste traditional wine and see the sunset from the village of Oia.
Wine production in Santorini is high quality due to the volcanic elements of the land. Many wineries in Santorini are open to visit. Very famous is Santos Winery with the amazing caldera view.
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