Sep 19

THIS YEAR’S TOP FIVE POPULAR ATTRACTIONS IN SANTORINI (ΔΉΜΟΣ ΘΉΡΑΣ)

The views from the top of the rocks that will leave you breathless, whitewashed churches with blue domes and glittering treasures left by the extinct civilizations are just some of the reasons that make Santorini always present in the most prestigious touristic charts. Officially called Thira, sunny Santorini is undoubtedly the most beloved island of the Cyclades Archipelago, located in south-eastern Greece in the waters of the Aegean Sea.

Santorini is the place where the largest volcanic eruption in human history (from what we know so far) has taken place. If there was anything positive that came out from that terrible explosion is that it made possible the creation of several islands – a whole archipelago – out of one big island. At the same time it was also created the biggest attraction of the location: the island’s caldera. In addition, tourists who are fascinated by ancient history can visit the Minoan artifacts and ancient ruins buried by the eruption.

Known for dry white wines, picturesque beaches and nightlife, Santorini is a popular destination for visitors who want to relax, or have fun. Here’s a top five suggestion list of what to do and what to see in Santorini if you want to discover the archeologist within yourself:

1. Ancient Thera

Situated on high cliffs that face the sea between the beaches of Kamari and PerissaAncient Thera exposes ruins discovered in 1900. Ancient tombs, monuments, remains of houses, churches and fortifications represent a wide and representative post-Minoan display of artifacts. The Roman Baths, the Greek structures of the fourth century and the altar erected in the honor of Apollo, which is adorned with drawings of the eighth century, are absolutely remarkable and preserved in great state. In order to reach the ruins, visitors can climb by foot, straight from the beach or take the bus, taxi or their private car.

2. Therasia (Thirassia)

the island of Therasia is the perfect destination for tourists who want to enjoy the sunny atmosphere of Santorini. The largest of the five villages on this adjacent little isle, also called Therasia, has only around 150 inhabitants. It is accessible straight from the caldera via a rocky walkway. The little island has the same architecture as the picturesque Santorini and the population shares the same customs and traditions. Whether you visit it in a one day trip or that you decide to organize your entire stay there, Therasia offers visitors an authentic Greek experience on the island.

3. Pyrgos

It was once the capital of Santorini. The inner city is situated on a hill offering stunning views across the surrounding area. There are still remnants of a Venetian castle on top of this hill. Inside the castle walls there is a church which is believed to have been built in the tenth century. Relatively unchanged by the presence of tourists, Pyrgos site still has a good deal of medieval architecture. The village is surrounded by wineries that offer tours and free sessions of wine tasting. The wine reserved for dessert is called Vinsanto and is one of the best Greek products.

4. The Museum of Prehistoric Thera

Located in Fira, the capital of Santorini, the museum is the most important cultural attraction on the island. Opened in 2000, it holds treasures discovered on the Akrotiri site, including colorful frescoes. A representation of women picking saffron gives an insight into the life of that era. Blue monkeys are immortalized on other frescoes. Over time, in-depth researches have denied the existence of monkeys Santorini, which makes the existence of these frescoes a truly unusual purpose.

5. Kamari Beach

The biggest and most popular beach in Santorini is located near the village of the same name. The village and beach received its name from a small arch placed in between the rocks on the southern end of the beach, which represents a monument built in honor of the god Poseidon. This black sand beach is the most sought after on the island. It is crowded with hotels, bars and nightclubs. Besides sunbathing, scuba diving is also a popular activity.

But Santorini has a lot more to offer. It is a fascinating world-within-the-world and only a slice of Greece that, nevertheless, has its own identity. We shall help you discover other aspects of Santorini in future articles.

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May 24

SANTORINI, THE LAND OF MAGIC SUNSETS AND AMAZING NIGHT LIFE

Situated in the Cycladic archipelago, the island of Santorini is one of the most popular holiday destinations and alsoone of the most expensive. In the middle of the island, there is a lake with blue water, which was formed on a very old volcano crater; according to legend, this volcano destroyed the lost continent, Atlantis, when it erupted 3,600 years ago, burying the ancient city of Akrotiri (which is now excavated ) under tons of ashes. Because of this tragedy, in later times Santorini has gained “celebrity” due to its black, white and red-sanded beaches that are unique in the world.

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There are two well-known beaches accessible: Perissa and Kamari, both with volcanic black sand. The most popular, and most expensive resorts in Santorini are Fira (the capital of the island) and Oia, located in the highest areas. Here you can find luxurious hotels, restaurants, bars and plenty of other facilities. On the island there are a few resorts where prices are much lower: Kamari, Perissa, Akrotiri, Imerovigli, Thira, Firostefani and Kallistis Pyrgos.

It is the perfect place for a perfect holiday and it is said that Santorini is the place where “there are more churches than houses, more wine than water, more donkeys than men.”

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The most popular beaches are situated on the eastern part of the island: Kamari beach hass black sand, and is frequented by many tourists also because there is a popular diving center. In Perissa you will find a seafront resort with great restaurants, terraces and nightclubs. Fira and Oia have no beaches, instead there are some overhanging rocks, offering a spectacular view and many hotels have pools. And if you are passionate of history, some 12 km from Fira there is the Akrotiri Archaeological Site. Here you will discover the remains of a castle, two churches, and the impressive view over Caldera. The frescoes which had been discovered there can be admired at the National Archaeological Museum in Athens.

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Another three km from Kamari, there is Thira Antica, a city built in the nineteenth century b.C, where you can admire numerous relics full of history. The ruins are located on top of a mountain known as Mesa Vouna. The rocks Thira offer one of the most beautiful landscapes: blue sea create a stunning contrast with the rugged rocks. The monument can be visited every day between 08.00 – 14.30 at a price of 4 Euros. If you choose to stay in Santorini, then you shall not miss the Museum of Prehistoric Thera, located in the island’s capital, Fira, where you can admire figurines and pottery and other pieces of ceramics discovered at the archaeological site of Akrotiri. The museum can be visited every day (except for Monday, when it’s is closed) between 08.30 – 15.00. The price  of the ticket is 3 Euros

The Folklore Museum is in Kontochori, Fira is located in a house that resembles a cave and was built in 1861. The cave-like museum is an old winery with workshops for carpenters, shoemakers and tinsmiths and has an art gallery where local artists display their works. Inside the museum you will find a library, a garden and a courtyard where the seating area is placed among the trees and flowers. The museum can be visited daily between 10.00 – 14.00, the price of a ticket is 2 Euros.

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The Naval Museum is in the picturesque Oia resort. Here are exposed marine objects coming from different historical stages of the island, especially from the 19th century. The museum can be visited daily (Tuesday is closed), between 11.00 – 12.00 and 17.00 – 20.00.

The Wine Museum is located in the Vothonas, on the way to Kamari and shows the history of the wine industry of Santorini between 1660 and until 1950, with mobile and immobile figures and sound effects. The museum can be visited daily, between 12.00 – 20.00 o’clock, from April to November, and between 09.00 – 14.30 o’clock from November to March, except Sundays.

Fira is Santorini’s capital and most important city. Located in the western part of the island, 10 km from Athinios port, Fira fascinating due to the contrast of white buildings shaped like boxes, with blue windows that display the crystal clear sea and steep cliffs. During the summer season, the streets of Fira are full of tourists eager to have fun. Many cafes, terraces, taverns, nightclubs and souvenir shops attract thousands of customers.

The most picturesque resort in Santorini is Oia (pronounced Ia), famous worldwide for the quiet life and fantastic sunsets. Situated atop a cliff, 11 km from Fira, Oia Palia offers stunning views of the volcano, the Caldera and Thirassia island. Winding streets, churches with blue roofs, terraces overlooking the sea, the white houses, Oia resort offers a special charm.

In Santorini you have the opportunity to visit two volcanic islands: Palea Kameni and Nea Kameni. Islands can be visited via 1-day trips that take place in the area. The spectacular landscapes and volcanic rocks guarantee a trip not to be missed.

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Like all summer resorts, and Santorini are a lot of shops with souvenirs, shoes, sunglasses or clothing. Here you will find many handmade jewelry made of volcanic rock. Greek wines, olive oil cosmetics are a few obligatory souvenirs.

The nightlife of Fira is the most thrilling nightlife you will discover in all Santorini. Once it gets dark, narrow streets that there are numerous pubs and clubs are crowded with tourists eager to spend time and money until morning.

However, in Kamari and Oia, evenings are quiet, the main attractions being nocturnal restaurants and terraces overlooking the sea. For an authentic Greek evening, go to Club 33. Located in downtown Fira, Club 33 is just listen Greek music, and often professional dancers entertain troops.

Koo Club is the largest club in Santorini, where renowned DJs mixing the latest music. Situated on a cliff of Fira, the club has an outdoor dance floor, surrounded by palm trees and a pool room where the atmosphere turns into fire after midnight. Blue curtains, velvet sofas and divans covered with ruby silk  will take you back in time.

Enigma has been one of the most popular clubs in Fira since 1979. You listen to the latest music, the atmosphere is one of the most pleasant and drinks are not expensive at all. The club has three sections linked together, including a covered terrace and 2 rooms with air conditioning. The bar has a terrace are the best places where you can admire the sunset. Here you can enjoy cocktails with champagne, and music is a clever mix of classical music with modern pieces, from Maria Callas to Secret Garden.

A unique atmosphere you will find in restaurants or taverns in which organizes Greek nights, where everybody is dancing and feeling good, and the icing on the cake is the moment of the broken dishes.

There’s no place like Santorini and you must visit it at least once in your life.