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No other island sums up Greek summer and holidays as Santorini does. If you’re searching for cheap air tickets to Santorini, you are about to experience one of the most striking moments of your life – and you can be sure, everything you’ve read about Santorini is true! Arriving at this fascinating island of the Cyclades, the first thing you notice is the skyline; a beautiful mosaic of blue-and-white traditional buildings perched on the volcanic slopes around the Caldera of Santorini. Steeped in history, modern Santorini sits upon the remnants of the first developed prehistoric civilisation in the world. Remnants of the biblical destruction that occurred after the eruption of the great volcano of Santorini, the impact of which directly contributed to the extinction of the Minoans. The Caldera today is a magnificent sight. The sheer contrast between the peaceful Aegean Sea and the majestic sun-bathed hillsides is dazzling and, it would be no exaggeration to claim that this is the ultimate highlight in Santorini. And then, there’s the sunset! Watch it from the village of Oia and consider yourselves lucky to have done so! Don’t waste any more time; plan your trip now, organise your flights and accommodation in Santorini and enjoy one of the most photogenic, spectacular, life-changing views in the world!
How many times have your dreamed of standing on an idyllic spot on Santorini’s Oia, gazing at the horizon, watching the sunset and feeling absolutely relaxed? Santorini is not a dream, but a reality. Yet a reality that exceeds imagination!
The semi-circular Caldera of Santorini, eternal reminder of the great Minoan eruption that took place in around 1,600 BC, looks from above like a bitten slice of cake, surrounded by the smaller islets of Santorini’s island complex, Thirasia, Aspronisi, Palea and Nea Kameni.
Whitewashed houses with colourful tiled roofs here and there, dramatic hills and the traditional Cycladic element evident throughout the island make up the backdrop of your stay in Santorini.
The volcanic Caldera of Santorini has a diameter of 16 kilometres and is one of the largest calderas in the world!
Santorini’s most significant sight is.. Santorini. Move slowly, at your own pace, get lost in its narrow cobblestone streets, forget everything in Santorini’s colourful beaches, take in the view and the energy and, most importantly, enjoy every minute of it!
The airport of Santorini (Κρατικός Αερολιμένας Σαντορίνης) is located 6 kilometres from Fira, Santorini’s capital, and is accessible by bus.
You can get around Santorini using the island’s extensive bus network. Fares start from 1.20€ and taxi fares vary, depending on the route.
Fira is the capital of Santorini and hold a fabulous location on the caldera, commanding breathtaking views – not that it’s difficult to find a spot with a view!
Three are the primary locations in Santorini that you ought to visit, if you wish to better understand its history and essence:
- Archaeological Site of Akrotiri
It was back in 1967, when excavations by Prof. Spyridon Marinatos began in the village of Akrotiri. What was unveiled shook the foundations of the international historical, cultural and scientific knowledge. An ancient city with all the characteristics of a Minoan one, buried deep under layers of volcanic ash and pumice from the Theran or Minoan eruption of 1,600 BC!
A large part of the scientific community believes that the Theran eruption is responsible for the extinction of the entire Minoan civilisation of Crete. Indeed, it is considered to be the second, after the eruption of Mt. Tambora, most powerful volcanic eruption in the history of humanity!
Akrotiri was uncovered and revealed its structured urban planning, two-storey buildings, elaborate colourful wall-paintings and sophisticated furniture, pottery and art. Visitors can wander around the ancient city’s streets, visit homes, temples and storage spaces and see thematic exhibitions. Allow at least 2 hours to visit the site.
You can find many of the original items and frescoes of Akrotiri in the Museum of Prehistoric Thera and the Archaeological Museum of Santorni, located in Fira.
- Thera Foundation Petros Nomikos
Located in Fira and overlooking the Caldera, the Petros Nomikos Foundation houses some of Akrotiri’s wall-paintings and provides a 3-D presentation of them through innovative techniques.
- Ancient Thera
A tall rocky peak stands between the two well-known beaches of Santorini, Kamari and Perissa. It’s called Mesa Vouno and is topped by ancient Thera. A city founded somewhere in the 9th century BC by the Dorians, ancient Thera was later damaged and rebuilt several times and is now the second most important archaeological site in Santorini.
Sites within ancient Thera include Roman baths, Byzantine walls and Hellenist ruins, amphitheatres and markets (agora).
Oia is unanimously proclaimed the most beautiful village of the island. Famous for the magnificent views it commands and its fabulous sunset, Oia is lined with renovated 19th century mansions, museums and galleries.
Don’t miss the sunset of Oia! The best sunset view of the entire island of Santorini can be seen from the Castle of Oia.
The islets of Santorini’s Caldera comprise a nice destination for a day-trip. Boats leave frequently from the old port of Gialos, the new port of Athinios or from Ammoudi and take you to Nea Kameni, where you can see the crater of the volcano, Palea Kameni, where you can enjoy thermal baths on the volcanic thermal springs and, finally, to the picturesque isle of Therassia, the only inhabited of the isles.
Santorini may not have the white sandy beaches one could expect from a Greek island; the beaches of Santorini are, however, extremely interesting, charming and extraordinary. The Red beach, the White beach, the black beach of Perissa, all of which are volcanic and share a moon-like landscape are your destination, as well as the beaches of Perivolos, Ammoudi and yellow-rocked Vlychada.
The official language of Santorini is Greek; English, French, German and other languages are also widely spoken.