Evocative landscape, fascinating history, cosmopolitan atmosphere, unique local products and wines, constantly evolving gastronomy, high quality services are the characteristics of Santorini. It is no coincidence that Santorini is one of the top travel destinations in the Mediterranean. You can see the whole island with Santorini Private Tour.

From the volcanic landscape of the Caldera, the peculiar beaches with black sand and sculpted rocks and the important archeological site in Akrotiri to the atmospheric gourmet restaurants and the intense nightlife, and from the accommodation in luxury units with stunning views, mansions and captain’s houses excursions and discoveries in the interesting hinterland, we are talking about a unique island. The magic and romance that inspires the landscape have permeated Santorini’s lifestyle and the foundations of its tourism development; that is why all its dimly lit restaurants, romantic hotels or atmospheric cocktail bars look as if they are largely made for to welcome couples and lovers – and it is no wonder that hundreds of visitors come from all over the world every year to get married or renew vows of love overlooking the Caldera.

Caldera

The Caldera is of course the number one place of developments and the object of desire of all visitors. From the luxurious units with pools hanging on the cliff and the atmospheric captain’s houses to the simple traditional caves, perched on the eyebrows of the Caldera, one can find accommodation for all tastes and all budgets. Along with the Caldera, the beaches are evolving and claiming the attention of visitors either as a place to stay or as a choice for food and entertainment. After all, the volcano has not only endowed the Caldera: the beaches (from the shiny black pebbles of Perivolos to the white sculpted rocks of Vlychada) and the villages (from the cave Vothonas to the eastern Finikia) have a special natural beauty, outside the classic standard.

Sunset is the best time of the Caldera. Fira enjoys it from the cocktail bars of Frydio, Oia from the ruins of the castle, Imerovigli from the verandas of the luxury hotels. Fira is the cosmopolitan bustling capital, the strongest nightlife market, the residence of those who want to be at the center of developments.  Oia, one of the most well-preserved traditional settlements in Greece, is the country of slow rhythms, the favorite of the sophists and lovers.

Nightlife

Beyond the classic sunset at the Castle (with crowds of tourists perched on the rooftops applauding!), walk to Sidera, the neighborhood with its impressive Captain Houses. Imerovigli has become the most sought after hotel village on the island. Every year it expands beyond the boundaries of the traditional settlement.

On the beaches of Santorini, focusing on Kamari, there are more classic island resorts, with large hotels and bars, mainly for foreign visitors. The strongest point of the market of Santorini is the works of art, antiques and ethnic objects and clothes that you will find in small and mostly shops in Fira and in the central cobbled street of Oia. Also, things are firmly mapped in the nightlife, with Fira holding the scepters. The meeting point is the square and the central core of the show is the “bar street” with the mainstream clubs. Things are calmer in Oia, all-day beach parties on the beaches. Apart from summer, spring is a special season, with the Caldera blooming and Easter being celebrated ritually in the village of Pyrgos.

Pyrgos

The medieval jewel of the island, Pyrgos, has a distance of 7.5 km from Fira. Also, it still preserves the urban planning of the fortified settlement of the Venetian occupation with alleys and traditional houses. It is worth the walk to the castle, with panoramic views across the island. Theotokaki stands out from the churches. Easter is celebrated here ritualistically, with lanterns that illuminate the whole village.

Villages of Santorini

The villages of Santorini are offered for quiet walks with special architectural interest. Cave settlements, mansions, deserted pre-industrial factories, old churches compose a special ensemble. Visit Messaria with impressive mansions, Finikia and the traditional settlement in Karterados (the church of the Ascension with its tower-shaped bell towers is impressive).

Thirasia

The untouched tourist island opposite Oia (there is a connection with boats and ferry boats) reminds Santorini stopped in the 50’s. It has two settlements, Potamos and Manolas. Walkers visit Panagia tou Lagkadiou and the monastery of the Assumption (with an impressive golden iconostasis from Russia).

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Published by Marie Sandal

Ex bodybuilder, now working as a freelance content writer.

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