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Holidays in Santorini

Santorini or Thira as it is also called, is probably the most famous island not only of the Cyclades but of all the Greek islands. The main characteristic of this island is the black rock that surfaces from the sea and gives the island its distinguished uniqueness and wild beauty.

Yes it is not an illusion or a mirage! This rock is integral part of Santorini and completes the already magnificent volcanic landscape.

Santorini is a complex of islands that consists of the main island Thira and two islets Thirassia and Aspronisi. These islets were formed from the remains of the pre-historical large island Kallisti, that was completely destroyed during the volcanic eruption in approximately 1500 B.C. That eruption is believed to have also caused the fall of the Minoan civilization on Crete, which is located to the south of Santorini.

Oia Santorini

Oia Santorini

Santorini is an island where everything is intense and promises a unique experience of unforgettable holidays. The capital town of Santorini is Fira or Chora (Hora) as it is also known, and is located at the west side of the island and built at the edge of Caldera, 260 meters above sea level. The visitors that arrive to the old port of Santorini head to Fira either by the cablecar or the donkeys that ascend the 600 spiral steps. Whichever way you chose the view is amazing and the feeling is simply just magical.

Besides its natural beauty, Santorini has many things to offer and show hat are definitely worth a visit and look. One of these is the Archeological Museum that hosts findings from Geometrical and Roman era. Amongst these is the famous amphora with relief decoration, the big volcanic rock (Trachetes) that weighs 480 kgs and the terracotta figurine of the “Mourner woman “.

The wonderful town of Oia is the most luxurious place on the island, and is one more magical tourist resort, famous for its unique sunsets that are depicted on almost every postcard of Santorini.

In Oia you will see traditional mansions with yards covered in flowers, as well as castles and picturesque chapels, while you can swim in nearby beaches such as Ammoudi and Katharo.

Churches of Santorini

Churches of Santorini

Heading southwards, almost in the center of the island, you will see the village of Messaria, which is surrounded by orchards and vine yards. This village is famous for its wine. If you continue your travel towards the eastern coast of Santorini, you will arrive at the cosmopolitan resort of Kamari with its large beach with the black sand. Kamari is very near to the site of ancient Thira and offers a wonderful setting for holidays on the island.

Following the coastal road heading further south is the village of Megalochori which is famous for the winery of Boutari family that organizes seminars in wine making and tasting.  From there you continue and arrive at the villageof Emporio that was built in the medieval period, when the residents were found refuge in this area to seek protect from the pirate attacks.

At a short distance from Emporio is Perissa, a coastal resort that is well organized in tourism offering accommodation and entertainment facilities. The Perissa beach, with its black sand in contrast with the jade water of the sea creates a magical atmosphere for relaxing and chilling out by the sea.

Santorini is well organized in tourism and entertainment offering a large choice of accommodation facilities of all types and categories. It is famous for its luxurious services and complexes, and one can find anything they wish for to experience perfect holidays. Santorini is also a very popular location for weddings, and many couples from all over the world come to the island to get married in one of the many beautiful locations around the island. If you are looking to plan a wedding in Santorini then take a look at the many wonderful services that Exclusive Wedding Tales can provide. They offer everything to help organise your dream wedding on this unique Greek island.

As in every aspect, Santorini won’t disappoint you in the entertainment field. The luxurious restaurants and the traditional tavernas are welcoming you to a trip of the local tastes, as well as the gourmet international cuisine. Don’t miss the chance to sample the famous fava bean, the sun dried tomatoes, and of course the wines of the various wineries in Santorini, as well the famous sweet wine of Santorini Vinsanto. The cafes and bars create a relaxing atmosphere and offer fun and entertainment from morning to night, every day.

Red Beach of Santorini

Red Beach of Santorini

Opposite Oia is located the islet of Thirassia, a very pleasant surprise to those who decide to visit and explore this truly authentic and picturesque islet. Manolas, the capital town of the islet offers a magnificent view towards Oia, and along with Korfos port with the picturesque tavernas, the traditional architecture, and the warm attitude of the locals create a small paradise for peaceful and really tranquil holidays. Thirassia has only a few accommodation facilities, and therefore you should make your bookings prior to your arrival.

Santorini is connected by sea with the ports of Piraeus and Heraklion in Crete. There are also local boat connections with Cyclades islands as well as the Dodecanese islands. It has also fully organized airport that is located just 6 km from Fira, the capital town of Santorini and caters for domestic and charter flights.