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 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 for the romantic sunset. Book a hotel at the caldera and the experience will be unforgettable.
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 (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.
In our guide to Santorini, you will find all the important things to see and do on the island, as well as some activities off the beaten track.
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.