SANTORINI, OUR ISLAND

PLACES OF INTEREST

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Santorini is one of the most beautiful Greek islands, located in the southern Aegean Sea. Thanks to its landscape and sunset, Santorini is considered to be one of most romantic places in the world.

The main town of the island is Fira ; located in the centre of the island and built on the edge of the caldera cliff, gains the admiration of every single visitor. You can find there both the Orthodox and the Catholic Cathedrals, museums, restaurants, cafeterias and a lot of stores to do your shopping.

Maybe the most famous of all villages of Santorini, Oia is known throughout the world for its quiet life and fantastic sunset, and it is undoubtedly the most beautiful and picturesque village of Santorini. Oia with its blue domed churches and windmills is situated on top of an impressive cliff and offers a spectacular view over the volcano.

Impressive captains’ houses and charming cave houses narrate the glorious past, while narrow streets and alleys of pebbles give you amazing opportunities for pictures you are going to remember for life.

What makes Santorini unique is the volcano of Kameni, having stood there for at least 700.000 years. Remember that it gave us one of the most powerful eruptions humanity has ever experienced (3.600 years ago). In that time the town of Akrotiri, now a traditional village with whitewashed houses, had a remarkable civilization to show off.

According to the finds of archaeologists, the prehistoric town of Akrotiri used to be a place of social and artistic growth and prosperity, until it was covered with volcanic ash and stones. The excavations started in 1967 and they still offer a lot of surprises and emotion to archaeologists, conservators and visitors. The whole archaeological site is under a bioclimatic shelter making it friendly to visit even on the hottest days of summer.

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The highest point of the island is on the mountain of Profitis Ilias (567m). Maybe the best places to admire the panoramic view and the blue Aegean Sea. A few meters below, the traditional villages of Pyrgos and Emporeion are forever waiting for you. Once Venetian Castles, offered their safety to a large part of the island’s population against pirates and invaders. Walk through the narrow streets, visit some of their old blue domed churches and drink your coffee among local people.

Some of the most ancient European vineyards are here! This is only one of the many reasons it’s worth paying a visit to the island’s wineries. Winemaking is a really old story in Santorini, and its people have the strong belief that they must preserve the traditional ways of making and of course enjoying it!