We have all seen pictures of the Greek island Santorini in travel magazine and felt an uncontrollable wanderlust churn something inside of us. White houses on the caldera, tiny domed chapels stadning right at the edge of a cliff, glistening ocean waters, unique beaches, a volcanic caldera, are just some of the things that make this Greek island the perfect postcard destination. Santorini is a fairytale born of a disaster.
There is so much character to this island that you deserve a holiday here to be able to appreciate it in its true glory.
Beyond the white-washed houses and blue roofs
The array of blue-roofed houses that has now become synonymous with Santorini is in fact just one village named Oia right at the top of the island. It is also one of most photographed locations of the region, so you are not blame for thinking that it is all of Santorini. As you’d discover during your explorations of the island, Santorini is in fact an impressive blend of different terrains and textures, with a host of villages, each with a personality as distinct as Oia.
Cave Houses with Your Own Stairway to the Ocean
Where else in the world would you get a chance to live in a cave house with a staircase winding all the way down to the sea, ending at the famous Amoudi Bay.
Amoudi Bay, A Delight for Many Reasons
You’ll recognize this destination at the first glance, thanks to its brush with cinematic fame. The place lives up to all the hype. It is the one of the most ideal locations to appreciate the famous Santorini sunset in all its glory. You can also spend an afternoon here watching fishermen in hectic activity. One of the restaurants at the bay also lets you catch your own fish, and the other boasts of an enviable location that can be called one of the best open air dining spots in the world.
Kamari, The Black Pebbled Beach
The rocky Kamari beach riddled with black pebbles and offering a panoramic view of the surrounding mountains is an experience unto itself. The whole vibe of the place is lifted manifold by the charming European styled cafes, shops and even an open-air cinema dotting the avenue. Perfect for some carefree unwinding while sipping on a cold beer.
Beaches of Myriad Hues
Every beach around Santorini is unique is its own way and different from the characteristic golden sandy beaches seen in the rest of Greece. Besides the Kamari that is known for its black pebbles, there is a Red Beach and a White Beach, among others, dotting the landscape of this island.
Nea Kameni, Lap of a Volcanic Crater
Legend has it that Santorini was the cradle of the ancient Cycladic Neolithic civilisation destroyed by volcanic eruption somewhere around 1650 BC. While there are different historic views on this, there is no ambiguity about the fact that Santorini as we know it today is the result of volcanic eruptions. You can witness how marvellous nature can be even at its most destructive with a tour of the volcanic crater at Nea Kameni. Go climbing on the black rocks for an added adrenaline surge.
A Treat for History Enthusiasts
The island has a lot of interesting insights in store of history enthusiasts, thanks to its ancient origins. There is the Prehistoric Thera Museum in Fira Santorini that houses some historically significant murals belonging to the prehistoric Akrotiri Minoan Site. Then there is the Archaeological Museum of Thera that has statues and relics from the Archaic, Roman, Hellenistic and Geomotric eras. The Akrotiri Minoan archaeological site with constructions dating back to 4500 BC and remnants of lava from the legendary volcanic eruption of 1650 BC that have survived thousands of years is also worthy of a visit.
Eclectic Food and Party Scene
No holiday is complete without lots of good food, drinks and some partying thrown in the mix. And Santonrini, Firostefani and Fira villages in particular, are brimming with luxury restaurants, cosy cafes, quirky bars, casual diner, where you can enjoy a hearty meal, indulge in haute cuisine, down interesting drinks or chilled beer, listen to some jazz, and dance till the dawn.
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