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SANTORINI TRAVEL GUIDE, INFORMATION, ATTRACTIONS, HISTORY

santoriniThe island of Santorini, also known as Thira, is today one of the most appealing tourist resorts during the summer months. Only a few hours from the harbor of Piraeus, Santorini has become a favourite destination for all ages.

The island’s imposing volcano, whose last volcanic activity was in 1950, is considered a landmark. It has also become a source of inspiration for many artists. Visitors should really consider a tour near the volcano’s crater, which is only half an hour walk from where the small ferries dock. Those who visit the island in August have the opportunity to witness the reenacting of the volcanic eruption that takes place every year on 15th August (national religious holiday in Greece).

Most people do not know that Caldera is the result of a volcanic eruption that took place in the 17th century. It is morphologically as well as historically interesting. The word Caldera has Spanish roots and it actually means “pot”. Visitors should really find some time, hop on one of the many boats and visit Nea Kameni, Palia Kameni and Thirasia.

Another part of the island that visitors should visit is the thermal baths from where sulfur and hot air spurt. Moreover, a walk at the traditional settlements of Imerovigli and Oia, which have been preserved in very good condition, would be worth your while and it would uplift your mood.

Those who love history will definitely love Santorini, because it has an Archaeological Museum as well as the second biggest Prehistoric Museum in Greece. At the Museum of Prehistoric Thira visitors can admire many exhibits from discoveries from the Neolithic period.

The island’s beaches are so beautiful that can be compared to any exotic beach. The beaches of Pori, Ayios Nikolas and Ammoudi are some of the best beaches of the island. Young people usually prefer the beach of Katharo because they can combine swimming with refreshing cocktails from the beach bar that stays open until very late at night. Another amazing beach is the one that is located under Megalochori. If you decide to visit that beach you will be pleasantly surprised because there are some ancient graves and a small church built in the rocks, which you can discover while descending.

As far as the food is concerned, there is definitely an abundance of choices for all budgets, from expensive restaurants to really cheap taverns. Besides, the locals are famous for the quality of their well cooked meals. All traditional dishes are made from fresh ingredients that can satisfy every taste.

Finally, Santorini has one of the most breathtaking sunsets you will ever witness.

Santorini is a unique destination for beautiful holidays!