Think of Greece and the Greek Islands and you think of classic whitewashed domed houses, sunny weather, clear blue seas and beautiful
coastlines. With so many Greek Islands to choose from and so many places to visit as a holidaymaker, it’s hard to choose where to go on holiday in Greece. There’s always plenty of late deals to choose from and a variety of accommodation options from self catering to all inclusive.
Santorini has captured the hearts and minds of many a visitor, poet, geologist and artist. Everything you hope that the Greek Islands to be can be found here – deep blue sea, stunningly bright white houses, beautiful churches, old windmills, archaelogical and geolocial wonders, cobbled streets and traditional villages and of course not forgetting the famous stunning sunset. Situated in the Aegean sea it is actually a small group of islands steeped in history and full of romance. The small volcanic islands that make up Santorini are Thera, Thirasia, Aspronisi, Palea and Nea Kameni.
Three and a half thousand years ago Santorini experienced a huge volcanic eruption here, which exploded in the middle of the island, creating a caldera approx. 4 miles wide. The caldera is filled with sea water, therefore creating a basin between the volcano and the islands which therefore form a crescent shape around it. Boat trips enable visitors to travel over to the volcano, currently dormant, and walk upon the solid black lava hills there. Experience the sulphur steam and the moon like landscape on the Nea Kameni here (the central new volcanic area under 500 years old), visit the hot springs on Palea Kameni (the oldest part of the volcano) or look back and take in the view of the beautiful villages clinging to the cliffs on the caldera of Santorini.
Santorini includes on its list of things to see one of the most important archaeological sites in the East Mediterranean – Akrotiri. Akrotiri is the excavation site of a minoan bronze age settlement and one of the most important pre-historic settlements of the Aegean.
Santorini and it’s famous Sunset from Oia:
Pronounced ’Eea’ the town of Oia is situated on the cliffs of the beautiful island of Santorini (on Thera) is famous for it’s stunning sunset. It’s located on the Northern most tip of the caldera and clings to the cliffs here. It can be reached by a narrow winding road that leads it way up to the town. Most evenings a crowd of people gather on the coastline here, sitting on walls, steps, by the castle and even taking cruises out on the local boat trips - pausing between the Caldera here and the island itself to watch the sunset disappear slowly across the horizon, shimmering
across the water as it does so. It is considered one of the most beautiful sunsets in the world by many and is part of what attracts many tourists to Santorini on a yearly basis.