Santorini is one of the most beautiful islands in Greece and one of the top travel destinations in the world. The magnificent caldera, the views of the deep blue of a calm sea, the soothing breeze, the bright sun made different cultures to develop in its land.
We refer to Santorini as one island, but it is a complex of five islands. Santorini is the main island and around it Thirasia and Aspronisi and the both volcanic islands of Palea and Nea Kameni are completing a unique landscape. The first name of the island was Stroggili (meaning round, due to the shape of the island) until about 1645 BC when a volcanic eruption created the unique caldera. The two volcanic islands appeared much later by several other explosions that lasted from 157 BC to 1950 AD.
In Santorini you can fill your days with a series of activities that will bring you even closer to the history, traditions and particular beauty of Santorini.
The archaeological site of Akrotiri, re opened its doors after a renovation that lasted seven years and today visitors can admire by walking in the streets of the ancient city the story of this prehistoric settlement that was destroyed by the volcanic eruption in 1600 BC. For more artifacts from the excavation visit the Museum of Prehistoric Thera in Fira. At the capital of the island we also find the Archaeological Museum of Fira which houses artifacts from Ancient Thira and other important historical periods of the island. Fira is the center of the island which is why you'll find an array of shops for all kinds of purchases, as well as many restaurants, cafes and bars and night clubs.
From the inland villages visit Pyrgos, Emporio and Akrotiri for their castles (Kastelia) but also for their particular color and atmosphere. It would be a miss not to visit Oia to feel the unique aura and unspoiled beauty and see the famous world widely sunset. Finally, take a stroll to the wineries of the island watch the production process and taste the unique Santorini wines through special wine tastings.
For swimming, visit the sandy beaches of Perivolos with the cosmopolitan beach bars, Perissa for water sports, Vlihada for the volcanic background, Kamari for shopping at the seaside pavement. The shallow waters of Monolithos is an ideal choice if you visiting Santorini with your children and of course the unique Red beach where you can swim in the most volcanic beach of the island and take lots of pictures.
Finally, do not miss the opportunity to make a boat trip and enjoy the sunset from the deck of a traditional boat or a catamaran enjoying a drink or a full meal.