Santorini is located 128 nautical miles from the port of Piraeus and 63 nautical miles away from noth of Crete.
The Architecture of Santorini is exceptional as we can remark cave houses, dug into the volcanic rock, neo classical mansions, domed churches and narrow cobbled streets.
The climate on the island is dry during the summer months, with high temperatures and continuous sunshine. During the peak season, the temperature rises between 35-37 degrees Celcius. The north summer winds decrease these elevated temperatures.
The island has a crescent shape, formed due to the volcano activity in Prehistoric times, feeding the myth of the lost Atlantis! Santorini is also known as Thira. Its capital is Fira.
Approaching the island by boat you immediately realize that this Greek place is unlike any other place in the world! Santorini is the only inhabited caldera in the globe! The sunsets viewed from this caldera are stunning and breathtaking! Santorini is one of the most photogenic islands on the planet!
Fira, the capital of the island, is built on the edge of the caldera at a height of 250 meters.This will impress you at first glance! During the day in Fira, you can enjoy walking around the narrow streets, browsing at the shops, enjoying a drink and meeting people from all over the world. Fira also holds an Art Exhibition located in the mansion of Gizi. There is also an Archeological Museum in Fira.
During the night, the capital is full of life, with lively crowds, in a beautiful summer scene among shops, cafes and restaurants!
Next, we recommend you visit Oia. Here you get beautiful sunsets, so get your camera ready to film your views! You need to bring back home some incredible pictures and share your memories with your loved ones! Be sure to find a table at Oia before the sun goes down.
There are two sets of stairways descending from Oia to the bays of Ammoudi and Armeni. Ammoudi has a taverna and a small pebbly beach, as Armeni is more quieter and smaller.
The main road of Oia is divided in two parts: one for cars and one for pedestrians only.
Imerovigli is another village to see, built 300 meters over the sea level. On top of the rock you can see the castle of Skaros.
Other places to visit:
- Akrotiri an ancient town
- Pirgos with the medieval fortress Kasteli
- Perissa has the largest beach of the island
- Kamari with a beautiful organized beach
- Emporio is the traditional market town
- Ancient Thira above Kamari has breathtaking views!
For two decades now, Santorini has been receiving a wide recognition for its products: tomatoes, capers, split peas and for its wines, Assyrtiko and Vinsanto.
Besides the geological and historical interest, Santorini is a gastronomical destination with some of the finest restaurants and best wineries throughout the country!