Santorini | Beautiful Island of Dreams
Crescent-shaped Santorini (or Thíra), the precious gem of the Aegean, is a group of islands consisting of Thíra, Thirassiá, Asproníssi, Palea, and Nea Kaméni in the southernmost part of the Cyclades. The entire complex of Santorini islands is still an active volcano (as are Méthana, Mílos, and Nísiros). It may be the only volcano in the world whose crater is in the sea.
Sailing into the harbor, you are in the volcano’s crater, with the sides rising majestically. It is very deep. Hence only mooring balls are available, and there are no marinas. The best time to visit Santorini is during the off-season and calm weather.
Santorini has two seasons — a dry and warmer season from April to October and a cooler and rainy season from November to March. The temperatures rarely dip below 50°F or go higher than 85°F throughout the year, so temperatures are generally quite comfortable.
Places to see | Santorini
- The Akrotiri Lighthouse The Akrotiri Lighthouse, a historic gem built in 1892 by a renowned French trading company, stands majestically on Santorini’s southern peninsula. This ancient sentinel offers a breathtaking spectacle during sunset, casting a warm, golden glow over the surrounding landscape.
- Ancient Thera Museum This history and archaeology treasure trove has a remarkable collection of artifacts. Situated amidst the awe-inspiring ruins of Akrotiri and other Cyclades islands, the museum offers a glimpse into the mysteries of the past. Even from the outside, its architectural beauty hints at the fascinating stories within.
- Firá. The enchanting capital of Santorini transports visitors to a world of sugar-cube houses, meandering alleys, and charming squares. White buildings with blue-domed churches create a postcard-perfect scene that begs to be explored. Strolling through its labyrinthine streets, you’ll encounter the warm hospitality of the locals and the captivating allure of Santorini’s unique atmosphere.
- Oia. Oia, a world-renowned village, boasts some of the most captivating sunsets on the planet. Perched atop the caldera’s edge, Oia’s whitewashed houses offer a stunning backdrop to the daily spectacle as the sun sinks into the Aegean Sea. This charming village has boutique shops, gourmet dining, and upscale accommodations.
- Caldera. Santorini’s iconic geographic feature is a colossal reminder of the island’s tumultuous past. Formed by a cataclysmic volcanic eruption 3,600 years ago, this 12 km by 7 km caldera is now filled with crystalline seawater. Its breathtaking beauty and unique geological history make it a captivating sight, whether viewed from above or experienced up close.
- Red Beach. Not only does Santorini have colorful blue-domed churches and whitewashed houses, but it also has a red beach. The unique red sand and the other-worldly volcanic landscape make this beach a must-see destination.
Things to do | Santorini
- Shop. The most popular souvenirs include drinks such as wines, raki, and ouzo, as well as hand-made jewelry and pottery.
- Hike to the top of Santorini. Although the volcano is dormant, it is still an active volcano.
- Take a boat tour of the caldera.
- Taste local wines on a private wine tour.
- Rent a bike and explore the mountains and villages.
- Take an outdoor yoga class while soaking up the view.
Santorini has so many tasty and filling – foods that you may have to loosen your belt after a few meals. Some of the local favorites are Fava me Koukia (Mashed fava beans), Tomato Gefthedes (Tomato fritters), Saganaki (Fried cheese in filo pastry covered in honey), Spanakopita (Spinach pie), Sfoungato (a classic Santorini omelet dish) and Psarolia psita (dried fish).
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