At first sight
Santorini is the most popular resort of the Cycladic islands. This is one of the most romantic places on earth. A distinctive feature of Santorini is its geological structure, which is due to the activities of an extinct volcano. Here in the 16th century BC, one of the strongest volcanic eruptions occurred, which led to the formation of a crater and flooding of some parts of the island. Santorini is an archipelago of five islands: Santorini (or Fira, the main and largest island), Teréasia, Asprronisi, Palea Kameni and Nea Kameni. The most popular is the main island, which is also called as the archipelago – Santorini. It is known to many tourists for its magnificent “colorful” beaches of red, white and black, clear sea, spectacular landscapes, as well as small, “toy” towns and villages.
The main resorts of Santorini are the capital of the island of Fira, Imerovigli, Oya and Kamari. There are many hotels and hotels of different levels of star and different price categories that will satisfy the most diverse requests of tourists. Regardless of whether you settle in a luxury hotel Panorama Boutique or choose a cheaper hotel Villa Iliovasilema Santorini , a holiday in Santorini will leave in your memory an unforgettable experience!
Santorini today tops the list of the five most beautiful islands in the world, ahead of Bali in Indonesia, Cape Breton in Canada, Boracay in the Philippines and the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. Over the past few years, Santorini has won dozens of various awards from international tourism magazines, tourism organizations and the media. The island is considered the pearl of tourism in Greece and is very popular for honeymoon trips. The first cruise ships come here at the end of March and the flow of tourists does not dry out until the end of November. In some months, despite the large number of good hotels in Santorini, you will have to think about booking a hotel room in advance.
Santorini Island is one of the most mysterious and beautiful islands not only of the Aegean Sea, but of the whole world. Many legends are associated with his name, in which he is called the lost Atlantis or Pompeii of the Aegean Sea. One of the legends says that Santorini is a part of Atlantis submerged under ancient water. Archaeologists and historians are still thinking about whether this legend is true, since in 1967, not only ancient shards were found near the village of Akrotiri during excavations, but dozens of houses remained almost intact under the ashes of the volcano. . Here in Akrotiri you can visit the archaeological reserve and discover the ancient world with its life, architecture and other features.
Santorini is one of the great wonders of the world, and its very landscape and miraculous landscapes can already be considered quite remarkable. In order to admire the beauty and charm of this island, it is not at all necessary purposefully with a guide to wander through it. The first point of your program on the island can be the Caldera and the cities on it. Another attraction of Santorini is its legendary sunsets. A huge number of tourists in the season come here to admire them. The most agiotage is observed in Fira and Oe, Imerovigli and Firostefani are in second place due to overcrowding. Here you have to sometimes fight for a place in a cafe, which are located on the terraces with sunset views. A magnificent view of the sunset and the sea opens not only from the cafes, but also from the hotel rooms. Among them, the most popular is4 star hotel 160 Thea , which offers regularly various promotions for those who book in advance.
If you have enough time, you should definitely go outside the cities. The countryside of Santorini is very pretty and vividly reflects the local culture and flavor. It is imperative to go to Pyrgos, which is still smaller than the other settlements of the island. However, there have recently appeared new very cozy hotels, such as the Hotel Carpe Diem , which offer their guests a quiet comfortable stay. It will also be interesting to look at cave houses (both abandoned and residential). And, of course, you should definitely get to Akrotiri, where the remains of a centuries-old culture are perfectly preserved, being buried under a layer of ash. Also near it is the lighthouse Faros, which stands on a rocky cliff and is very photogenic.
Climate and entertainment
Santorini has a warm and dry climate. The island’s climate is unique because, although it is the southernmost island of Cyclades, it is the coldest because of the northeast winds. Winter in Santorini is very mild and rainy with an average temperature of about 10 degrees. The warm holiday season begins in March, then it moves into the hot summer season, when a large number of holidaymakers arrive on the island, and it lasts almost until the beginning of November.
The beaches on Santorini are predominantly sandy and due to the volcanic past of the island and the rich mineralization of the local soils, they have acquired a whole range of shades – from soft milk to pink, red and even black. Such a variety of colors looks especially beautiful on the seabed. There are also beaches with pebbles of unusual color. All beaches of Santorini are different and interesting: there are quiet and calm, noisy and cheerful, crowded and half-empty. There are 15 beaches on the island, which are almost all located on the east coast.
In Santorini much attention is paid to the development of infrastructure. Here you will find countless variety of restaurants and cafes of local cuisine, night clubs with loud music, sports centers with offers for professional surfers and beginners in this area. Every year on the island various festivals, holidays and folk festivals are held with concerts, dance performances, fireworks, virtual “volcanic eruptions”, etc.
Do not miss
Santorini has a very lively nightlife. In all corners of the island there are various clubs, bars and discos with a variety of music that will help you enjoy your time at this resort. Another informative entertainment in Santorini is visiting wineries. Here they make quite a special and high-quality wine. The largest winery, which is also a wine museum – is “Volcano”. Other open-to-visit wineries are Argyros and Roussos in Mesa-Gonia, Butari and Antonios in Megalochori and Hatcidakis Winery in Pyrgos. While relaxing on this wonderful island, you also need to try the national dishes: special tomatoes “Santorini”, Favu (a variety of legumes for cereal), chloro (goat cheese), capers and white eggplants, Katsuni and much more.
Santorini is looking forward to your visit, which you will remember for a lifetime!
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