This time we take you to an extraordinary place – Santorini. Experience a vacation on the soil of the once most advanced civilization, a great view of the Aegean Sea, and enjoying the crater of one of the most powerful volcanoes in the history of mankind.
An extraordinary place
Back in 1650 BC, a strong explosion took part of the land into the sea and thus changed its appearance forever. Legend has it that this is where the legendary Atlantis used to be. Now there is the beautiful Santorini! This extraordinary place, which belongs to the Cyclades group of islands, is unique in the world. And the settlements themselves are specific: built on a volcanic rock, like terraces lined with houses, luxury hotels with swimming pools, cafes, and taverns.
Santorini is one of the destinations that brings the most money to the municipality and the region, and the state authorities place great emphasis on the appearance of Santorini to preserve the famous brand of the island from blue roofs and white houses. The owners of these houses on Santorini receive certain funds every year in order to paint their buildings every year.
Authentic nature, relaxation, and many interesting things await you on Santorini. The sunset here is one of the most beautiful in the world. This is one of the most romantic places in the world and an island of “lovers”.
Thera is the capital of Santorini with about 2000 inhabitants is located 300 meters above sea level, on the edge of the volcano Caldera. For several years now, Santorini has been on the top 10 islands in the world. Thera is known for its white houses with blue doors and windows, and the churches on the island are decorated in a similar style.
Thera is a city with a Caldera – a cliff by the sea and is one of the most photogenic places in the world. With its boutique hotel-caves, cable car, narrow streets with blue and white houses built in the Cycladic style, donkeys that drive tourists, and infinity pools, Thera is the first and right choice. From the top of the Caldera is a view that shoots at the distant islands of the Cyclades and the endless blue of the sea.
You must visit also a beautiful Oia and Perissa.
Picturesque Oia is located 11 kilometers north of the capital There. The view from the cliff to the volcano (Polia and Nei Kameni) and the small island of Thirasia is different than anywhere else on the island. Nearest beach: Cape Columbus.
Beautiful Perissa is located 8 kilometers southeast of the capital There. Traditional agricultural village with equipment for wine production and storage. When you climb Mesa Gonia, you can visit the Church of the Bishops. Nearest beach: Kamari.
Kamari and Perissa, have more traditional holiday offers, visitors here can enjoy sunny beaches, water sports, bars, promenades…
The terraced ruins of the ancient city of Thera are adorned by Cape Mesa Vuono, which offers a divine view of the surroundings. These buildings date from the third and fourth centuries BC and were erected in honor of the ancient Egyptian gods. Hellenistic and Roman monuments such as the old theater and residential buildings complete the large archaeological site.
However, Akrotiri, known as “Greek Pompeii”, is a favorite of both Greeks and foreign tourists. When it was suddenly covered with volcanic ash, the city preserved the old system of streets, the shape of the buildings, and even the wall paintings in them. The mill, the old pottery workshop, and other facilities will make you think you have entered a time machine.
Although every corner of this island is interesting, when it comes to Santorini beaches are what leave you breathless. The beaches on Santorini are of volcanic origin, so you can find white, red, and black beaches on the island. On the north side, the famous beaches are Perissa, Perivolos, Agios Georgios, Vlihada, and White Beach. There is also one of the most famous beaches on the entire island, Red Beach, named after the color of the sand and rocks that surround it. It would be best to reach it by boat.
On the east side are Kamari and Monolithos, which are very visited, with plenty of cafes and restaurants, while Pori, Vourvoulos Beach, Cape Columbo are more private and more for those moments when you want to be alone.
Kamari is one of the most famous beaches on Santorini located 10 kilometers southeast of Fire the island’s capital. The beach is covered with black sand while on the left side of the beach you can see a huge rock rising from the sea called Mesa Vouno.This beach is extremely attractive at night when this stone shines in the dark.
Kamari Beach is fully organized offering a wide range of facilities. There is the possibility of renting deck chairs and umbrellas as well as enjoying various water sports. The traditional houses on this beach offer amazing sea views.
An excellent bus connection will allow you to reach the Thera in just 15 minutes at a cost of about $ 1.7 or 1.5 euros per direction. The bus connection from Kamari to Thera, and further to Oia, Perissa, Perivolos… runs according to the established timetable, which is followed until late in the evening. A pleasant and relaxed atmosphere in Kamari will give you an unforgettable vacation.
The beaches are not the only natural beauties of Santorini, and the architecture is especially interesting for tourists. White houses decorated in the same style, churches, and public buildings are sure to be found in the photos of tourists who want to record their experiences on the island.
There are more than 300 churches on Santorini, which are mostly white, exude peace and freshness. The most famous are The Metropolitan Church and the church of Panagia Episkopi. The Metropolitan Church is located in the center of Fire, and in addition to enjoying its beauty, the view of the sea and the volcano is breathtaking. And while the interior of this church is adorned with real works of art, the church of Panagia Episkopi is known for its marble dome with wax decoration.
A couple of tips for a carefree vacation
Since hotels are often overbooked, it would be best to print out your reservation and take it with you. The official language is Greek, and very few islanders speak any other foreign language, so it would not be out of place to have a dictionary with you. Warm and dry weather reigns from April until October, so this period is ideal for fully enjoying the extraordinary region of Santorini.
Whether you want a luxurious or a modest variant of a holiday in Santorini, one thing is for sure. This extraordinary destination will make you crazy and give you an unforgettable travel experience!
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