Santorini Architecture

Santorini is among the top destinations in Greece but also in the world. The island is characterized by its Cycladic architecture; white-painted villages standing on the top of the high red-colored cliffs. Santorini architecture is featured uniquely throughout its settlements. With whitewashed houses in complete harmony with the volcanic scenery, it is without a doubt that the villages of Santorini were built to meet perfection.
Such an example is the beautiful Oia, known for its neoclassical mansions, small churches, narrow cobbled paths, and colorful houses. Matching the classic with modern beauty, Oia offers the most romantic setting and a plethora of beautiful places to visit.

Fira, the main town of Santorini, is pretty astonishing itself since located at the edge of the caldera, offering breathtaking views of the volcano. The highlights of the capital include the traditional houses that blend with the lovely Venetian characteristics like the arches and vaults and the colorful stairs. Due to the challenging weather conditions (heavy hurricanes in winter and solar heat in summer) and protection from pirate invasions, Santorini's architecture is very similar to the other Cycladic islands.
Of unique charm is the sunset of Fira and Oia, for which the island welcomes thousands of visitors. Among the narrow paths of Santorini lie beautiful churches and architectural jewels that blend into the island's landscape. The settlements of Firostefani, Imerovigli, and Oia offer a breathtaking view of the caldera and the golden sunset, making the island an unmatched destination for summer vacation.

The Venetian presence left the island a small legacy that counts on a few fortified settlements. The only one that remains intact is the Kastro in the center of Pyrgos village. Equally interesting are the Venetian castle of Akrotiri, Argyros Mansion, Kasteli Castle, and the Catholic Cathedral of Fira. A visit to the Folklore Museum of Santorini as well as a walk to the neighboring villages, will give you much insight into 19th-century architecture.

Don't forget to visit the ancient site of Akrotiri in order to get an idea of the architecture during the Minoan times.

Visitors can enjoy their stay in many hotels that have respected the traditional Cycladic architecture. Santorini offers some of the most beautiful luxury hotels, which are world-famous for their traditional architecture mixed with all modern comforts.

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