Santorini is one of the most popular islands of all Greek islands. It’s picturesque, with amazing sunsets, and there’s a lot to do on the island. The official name of Santorini is Thira. It is an island in the southern part of the Aegean Sea. The island was the site of the Minoan eruption, one of the largest recorded volcanic eruptions in the world. The eruption occurred about 3,600 years ago, at the height of the Minoan civilization.
Visitors come from all over the world to see this geological formation. The 4-mile caldera is best seen from Oia or the capital Fira. Both locations offer an array of restaurants, hotel rooms, and other amenities designed to be the perfect starting point for your exploration of the caldera. Visitors to Fira can even choose to ride a donkey to the top of the caldera, providing stunning views along the way.
In addition to the crater, Santorini has two islets of black lava. Nea Kameni is particularly well known for the healing waters of its hot springs. The high amount of sulfur on the island of Agios Nikolaos portends for its healing powers. Many of the villages on Santorini are located on towering cliffs, giving visitors great views of the volcano and its islets. The largest islet Palea Kameni also features healing hot springs.
Santorini is one of the most unique places in Greece, mainly because of its unique landscape. Due to the island’s past volcanic activity, this affected the appearance of the beach. Colored sand, crystal blue water, and interesting scenery are a few things to look forward to when you and your family visit the beaches.
No trip to Santorini is complete without spending a lot of time at its many beautiful beaches. Vlychada is a long sandy beach with sun loungers perfect for laying up and relaxing. When you’re searching for a secluded beach getaway, head to Cape Columbo. This secluded beach is located 10 kilometers from Fira and features towering red cliff formations overlooking the warm waters. Or choose the famous Red beach and its exceptional snorkeling under a distinct red and black volcanic rocks landscape.
You’d be hard-pressed to find a nicer place to enjoy the sunset on an island than Santorini. All the island’s natural elements combine to create a romantic display of sunsets from all over Santorini. While there are many amazing places to see the sunset in the distance, the quaint village of Oia is known for its beautiful sunsets. Or head out to the water on a sunset cruise to watch the day end. Wherever you choose to watch the legendary Santorini sunset, you will be in for a treat.
When visiting Santorini do not forget to visit the Museum of Prehistoric Thira, located in downtown Fira close to the sea. Artifacts come from two large historic sites on the island: Potamos and Akrotiri. There is also great island naval history and there is a museum that proves it. The Maritime Museum is one of the places you will not want to miss.
Santorini is a unique island for wine production. The soil here has unique properties due to volcanic activity. Many of the wines produced on the island are enjoyed as table wines, but there are some wineries here that produce wines for people all over the world to enjoy. The Gaia Winery is a notable place on the island, and visitors should stop by for a tour and tasting! Gaia Winery has seventeen labels and has won 150 national awards.
Santorini is one of those islands that has a lot to offer. Although there is a lot to do, the landscape stands out. While you are here, you will want to prioritize visiting some of the wonderful places mentioned.