The everlasting beauty of Santorini island attracts thousands of visitors every year being among the top tourist destinations in the world. Its wild volcanic landscape, the rugged cliffs, the wild nature and beautiful beaches combined with its rich history and traditions make Santorini the crown jewel of Greece. Santorini's initial shape during ancient times was round. It got its present shape in about 1,650 BC due to a severe volcanic eruption that vanished half of the island. Today, half of Santorini caldera is submerged, which makes it the only sunken caldera in the world.read more
The volcano of Santorini is still active and throughout time many eruptions have occasionally occurred with the latest being in 1956. Santorini has been the muse to many writers and poets such as Jules Vern who mentions the island in his book "Twenty thousand leagues under the sea" and awarded Greek poet Seferis, and many other artists and cinema directors.
Santorini's top attraction is the architecture of the villages, which are built right on the edge of the caldera. These picturesque villages are globally famous for their distinctive sugar-cube houses, the paved alleys and streets, the wonderful churches with their distinctive blue dome and above all the breathtaking view to the Aegean Sea that offers one of the most romantic sunsets in the world.
Fira and Oia are the most popular destinations on the island. Oia will open up the most mesmerizing sunset before your eyes, with the orange sun dipping into the sea and contrasting with the ebony black of the volcanic rock. Due to this unique atmosphere, Santorini counts itself amongst the most popular wedding and honeymoon destinations in the world.
Apart from walking the caldera villages, Santorini is known for the lovely beaches on the southern side of the island, including the Red Beach, Kamari and Perissa, which have developed into large beach resorts.
Santorini has plenty of family tours and activities. From walking along the calderas to enjoying a day at the beach and visiting Byzantine castle ruins and churches. Water sports and various tours are something the whole family can enjoy together.
Apart from the caldera villages with the traditional Cycladic architecture, such as Oia and Fira, there is much sightseeing to do in Santorini. The most important ancient site is Minoan Akrotiri, a town entirely covered by volcanic ash when the volcano of Santorini erupted in about 1,500 BC. Another less-known archaeological site in Santorini is Ancient Thera, located on top of a hill above Perissa and offering a breathtaking view not to be missed.
Santorini is also famous for its wines. If you are a wine lover, your palate will be in ecstasy with world-famous wines, so make sure you book one of the many wine tours the island has to offer.
Hop in one of the cruises to enjoy the sunset at its best or even jet ski to the volcano, definitely a unique experience. There are many organized tours, cruises and marine activities that will satisfy even the most demanding visitors of Santorini. The marvelous architecture of the island has attracted many parkour lovers as well.
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