Santorini is one of the most famous Greek Islands. With dramatic cliffs, blue-domed churches and villages perched impossibly on the caldera edge, it is no wonder it has become one of the must-see destinations for travellers from all over the world.
Although dormant now, the island was formed from an active volcano which gave its unique geology and rocky landscape. Fira, the capital, stands approximately 250m above sea level, on the edge of the caldera. Oia, another popular village on the northern part, is also built on the steep edge of the caldera 150m above sea level. Here the sunsets are spectacular and best enjoyed at one of the many chic bars sipping a cocktail while the sky shows off its magical display.
The island has a bustling cosmopolitan atmosphere and is very busy with visitors from all over the world. Santorini’s visual appeal is matched by its array of highly renowned restaurants to tempt your gastronomic senses. Try the local appetizers like fava and ntomatokeftedes, as well as meletini, a local desert traditionally served around Easter.
Beaches and Wine
If the drama and lively buzz of Fira and Oia isn’t your thing, the island also has an amazing selection of unique volcanic black sand beaches and traditional villages to explore. The beach villages of Perissa and Kamari offer everything for the visitor from laid back sun worshipping, to lively bars and restaurants. Magalochori village is at the heart of the winemaking industry and well worth a visit to sample some of the excellent Santorini wines.
Santorini proudly preserves its cultural and historical past alongside its fashionable reputation. Visit beautiful churches like Santa Irene in Perissa and ancient sites of the Thira Settlement and prehistoric town of Akrotiri. The tiny neighbouring island of Therasia preserves a more authentic character despite the high numbers of tourists arriving each year.
Santorini is guaranteed to awaken the senses and provide dramatic scenery for your romantic holiday.