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Santorini - Greece
In Santorini, you will experience charming whitewashed towns, the world-famous sunsets and enticing, panoramic views. In 1450 BC, a massive volcanic eruption caused the middle of Santorini to fall into the sea. It left a steep-edged crater known as a caldera peeping above the waves, which, today, is a spectacular sight from the island’s clifftops. It’s not just the geological make-up of the island that turns heads. With its whitewashed houses, blue-domed churches and never-ending vineyards, Santorini is Greece at its traditional best. Thira, the capital, is a perfect location to spend a few days, situated on top of the caldera rim overlooking the Aegean.
Santorini Island At A Glance
Flight Time from the UK to Santorini 2 hours 30 minutes
Population of Santorini 15,000
What to See in Santorini: Oia, Akrotiri, Thera, Kamari Beach, Visit the Volcano, Go on a Wine Tour, Visit the black volcanic beaches, Visit the Museum of Prehistoric Thera
Things to do in Santorini Island, Greece
Visit the village of Oia for dramatic sunsets
One of the highlights in Santorini is surely the enchanting cliffside village of Oia (pronounced Ia), filled with white-washed sugar-cube style buildings overlooking the dramatic caldera. In a 19th-century mansion, the Naval Maritime Museum has exhibits on local seafaring history, including old figureheads, sailors’ chests and models of old ships. Oia is situated just 7 miles from the capital, Fira and the views of the volcano at Palia, Nea Kameni and the island of Thirassia, are sublime, even more spectacular than those views from Fira itself. The village is just overflowing with blue-domed churches and sun-drenched roof terraces.
Explore Akrotiri - the Bronze-aged settlement
Akrotiri, situated further south from Oia and Fira is a fascinating Minoan Bronze Age settlement that was destroyed in the Theran eruption, in the 16th century BC. It was buried in volcanic ash, which preserved the remains of fine frescoes and many objects and artworks. It was named Akrotiri after the nearby modern town of the same name and is known as Santorini’s Pompeii, as both cities were buried by a volcanic eruption.
Go on a Wine Tour
A trip for wine-lovers to the island’s most renowned vineyards. Learn about winemaking on the island and of its unique viticulture as you travel through the spectacular countryside of this volcanic island. With its volcanic aspa soil, Santorini is able to produce wine that is rich in minerals. The island’s grapes are grown in baskets that are set close to the soil — an act that helps moisture from rain to be retained. Tour the cellars of each wine estate and follow the production process from harvesting the grapes through to maturing the wine. Sample up to 12 different wines, including local vinsanto and assyrtiko as well as the delicious local olives, bread and cheese.