is one of the islands in the Aegean region of Greece and it has been said in many quarters to be the most beautiful island in Greece. It is a creation of a volcanic eruption that has been claimed to have ended the Minoan dynasty.
There are claims that there is no volcanic creation on earth today that can match Santorini for beauty, hence the title, the beautiful island of Santorini. Over the years, the beauty of Santorini has made the island a highly rated destination for tourists and holiday makers.
Aside from the glaring beauty of Santorini, there are many other attractions that put Santorini in the number one spot for anyone looking for a place to enjoy the splendor of life. From the beaches to the ancient landmarks in Santorini, your holiday on the island can never be boring.
Come along with me as I present to you Santorini and its many wonderful attractions.
Towns in Santorini
Santorini boasts of many towns which include Fira (the largest town on the island of Santorini), Firostefani, Oia, Imerovigli, Kamari, Perissa, Perivolos, Pyrgos and Akrotiri (one of the top historical sites in Greece). Some towns and their attractive features are:
Oia and Imerovigli are quiet and very romantic towns. They both have wonderful views of the water, the volcano and the sunset. The two towns are recommended destinations for lovers and for couples on honeymoon.
Of course, Oia and Imerovigli provides an enabling atmosphere for older couples to re-invent their youthful love lives.
Oia, Imerovigli, Fira and Firostefani present wonderful views because they are located on the cliff. Night life in Fira and Firostefani is secure and quite interesting.
Aside from the towns, other locations and activities on and around the island that make holiday in Santorini a fulfilling experience include:
Beaches in Santorini
Santorini presents some best beaches in Greece. The beaches in Santorini are known for their many unique characters and they are named as such. They are distinctly different from other Greek beaches because of their geographical features. There is the white beach, the red beach which is the most famous Santorini beach.
Other features of Santorini beaches are the red and black volcanic pebbles that are common sights and the steep cliffs around the beaches. Popular among the beaches of Santorini are;
Most of these beaches have beach hotels. Ferry services, Cruise sailing and Boat Tours are also available in the beaches.
Swimming is a great fun and refreshing in some beaches as the waters are crystal clear blue most of the time.
Castles in Santorini
The castles in Santorini have very rich historical importance in the lives of the people that inhabited the island in the times of their construction. Because many of the castles were purposely built for protective needs, their structure and design reflected the architecture of the security concerns of the time. And this is seeing in the very narrow pathways, labyrinths and mostly one entrance into many of the castles.
Castle of Agios Nikolaos in Oia
The castle of Agios Nikolaos is the best place to watch the sunset in Santorini. In spite of the fact that only the remains of the castle is left today, it remains one of the most popular places for people who are interested in watching or recording the sunset over Greece.
There is an amazing experience in seating at this castle to watch the sun set. From the beauty of the sky to the camaraderie of tourist around you, it’s a fantastic experience.
This castle is 17 km from Kamari airport.
Castles of Pyrgos and Emporio
Pyrgos is one of the villages on the island of Santorini and its where the castle of Pyrgos is located. Just like many other castles built in ancient times, Pyrgos castle was built on an elevated position to give a good view of the surrounding areas. This Castle dates back to the 10th century
Castle and Tower of Emporio
Very close to Prygos is a village called Emporio or Nimporio. There is also a castle in Emporio. These castles are known for their big towers which served as the people’s ultimate shelter during attacks in the ancient times.
The rock of Skaros has been said to represent the remains of a village greatly damaged by the earthquakes that wrecked havoc in Santorini from 16th to 18th Century.
Castle of Akrotiri
La Ponta, another name for the castle of Akrotiri is another castle in Santorini. This castle is located in the southern part of the island and has history of occupation by the Ottomans after it changed hands from the Duke of Akrotiri to the Gozzadini family from Italy.
Museums in Santorini
Santorini is home to many museums which houses objects and historical materials demonstrating the very rich historical heritage of the island. Some of these museums are:
The Lost Atlantis houses and promotes Greek heritage, mythology and culture. Located near the village of Megalohori, Lost Atlantis museum was established to exhibit the ancient mythology of a lost city called Atlantis.
Museum of Pre Historic Thera
This museum is house artifacts from to the ancient Thera. Thera has been said to be the name of the mythical ruler of the island. The museum of the pre historic Thera contains a very large quantity of objects from excavations around the southwest part of the island mainly Akrotiri.
Museum of pre historic Thera is located in Fira on the site of the old Ypapanti church that was destroyed by an earthquake in 1956.
Koutsoyannopoulos Wine Museum
One activity that makes Koutsoyannopoulos Wine Museum a must visit place in Santorini is the opportunity such visit provides any visitor to taste 4 different wines.
The museum showcases the history of wine production on the island.
Other Museums on the beautiful island of Santorini include:
Tomato Industrial Museum, Archaeological Museum of Thera, Folklore Museum
Maritime Museum, Santorini of the Past
Watersports, Sailing Cruises and Boat Tours
Because of the unique location of Santorini, Watersports, sailing cruises and boat tours around the island are common phenomenon.
Boat tours around the island are also available
Let’s Ferry shipping companies provide sailing cruises and boat tours in and out of the island on schedule. Most times, there are fantastic offers on their website.
Please check HERE for the schedule cruises
You may check HERE for regular offers from Let’s Ferry
Scuba Diving and Snorkelling in Santorini
Scuba diving and snorkeling are events that are popular in Santorini. The rich marine environment and the fascinating underwater around Santorini makes it very attractive to people that are interested in Scuba diving.
Diving experience in Santorini is made interesting by the cynosure that existed under the waters of the island. From exploring remains of shipwrecks, undersea lava caves and cliffs to many coral formations, scuba diving in Santorini is always an amazement.
Cultural Tours, Walking and Hiking in Santorini
Walking and hiking on the amazing beaches and within the island of Santorini is another wonderful activity you can do.
Unlike many other activities that will require some expenses, walking cost nothing yet there are enormous benefits to be derive from walking around and sipping in the beauty.
Your walking can be directed towards visiting locations with historical and cultural relevance
Love and Honeymoon in Santorini
Santorini, particularly Oia and Imerovigli are wonderful locations that presents appropriate atmosphere for love and honeymoon.
The scenery provides an enabling atmosphere for the expressions of deep feelings by lovers for one another.
Traveling from a non EU Country to Santorini
Because Santorini is an Island in Greece, the island is under the immigration laws of Greece. Please check my post on requirement to visit Greece HERE for your Country’s visa requirement.
Getting into the Beautiful Island of Santorini
Santorini can be accessed either by air or by the sea.
Flying into Santorini
The international airport in Santorini is also known as Thira airport and is located near the village of Kamari, on the east side of the island. It is the largest airport in the south region of the Aegean Sea. During summer, there are direct flights from the UK, US and many parts of Europe into Santorini.
You can book flights from anywhere in the world to Santorini HERE
Getting into Santorini by Ferry
Getting to Santorini by Ferry is mainly from Athens. While flights from Athens to Santorini takes about 45 minutes, the journey by Ferry is usually between 4hrs 30 minutes to 7hrs 30mins depending on the itineraries of the Ferry.
Ferry journey allows visitors to explore the islands of Greece and it is reasonable cheaper than flight. An early bird ticket can be as low as €30.
No matter where you arrive in Santorini, Hoppa drivers are always available to bring you to your hotel and also return you to either the airport or the Ferry Terminal at the end of your holiday.
Hoppa transfers services also include commuting from the hotel to events centres.
For your booking with Hoppa airport transfers, click here
Where to Stay in Santorini
Santorini, like any other good holiday destination has 141 hotel and lodging facilities compared to only 35 in 2013. These facilities regularly meet the needs and taste of millions of holiday makers that visit the island regularly and they are budget considerate. From the low cost budget accommodation to the elegant high profile facilities, the needs of every category of holiday maker is been well catered for.
Check with booking.com for great value accommodation deals.
Eating in Santorini
There are exciting locations to eat in Santorini and the food is good. For lovers of sea food, Santorini is a place to be.
Metaxy Mas Tavern Exo Gonia, Pyrgos 847 00. Tel +302286 031323
The Good Heart (facebook page)
Yalos, Exo Gialos Beach
These locations ranked as the best three places for good food in Santorini.
Car Hire in Santorini
Get a car of your choice from Thera, International airport in Santorini. With a car to move around the Island, you will definitely get to see more places on this very beautiful island.
Multi Currency Borderless Account
If you are visiting Santorini from a country outside the Euro zone, you can save yourself the hassles and the high cost of Foreign Exchange by opening a multi currency borderless account HERE
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