The Greek Cyclades is a gorgeous collection of beautiful islands. The southernmost area in this island collection is Santorini. This is the island that most often adorns tourist brochures welcoming visitors with its fantastic landscape. Guests will tell you that photographs can hardly do this place justice. Famous for its caldera, the collection of cliffs bordering the Aegean Sea that in ancient times was an active volcano, Santorini is one of the Cyclades most prized possessions.
With over a million tourists per year, Santorini is constantly packed. And the 7,000 residents of the island have made their home an inviting destination by opening shops, nightclubs and restaurants in abundance. By day, it is a sparkling place of water and relaxation. At night, it comes alive as its tone is transformed from placid to party.
Local wine is the islands largest export, and the incredible selection undoubtedly adds to the festive atmosphere the island takes on after dark. Tavernas are packed with tourists who simply want to taste the flavors and sample Santorini's finest.
|Santorini Highlights Tour with Wine Tasting from Fira|
Experience Santorini’s finest with this 4,5-hour small group tour. Ease into the day by visiting Oia with its minimalistic Cycladic aesthetics, the colorful cubic houses and the sun-dappled terraces. Immerse yourself in the 360-degree views that Prophet Elias Monastery offers. Explore the picturesque villages of Pyrgos and Megalochori, almost unspoiled over the course of time. Captivating caldera views take wine tasting on another level. Learn all about local wines and the wine production at a winery! Tour includes a local English-speaking guide/driver, wine tasting and transportation.
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In Oia, we highly recommend Perivolas Hotel, a high-end luxury hotel, considered to be exceptional by the people who stayed there. For additional information on Santorini and a selection of accommodation choices, you may consult the relevant Booking page!
At the northern tip of Santorini lies the charming Greek village of Oia, known for its picturesque architecture, cobblestone lanes, pristine whitewashed buildings and a host of welcoming cafes, shops and blue-domed churches.
Perched on the edge of a dramatic cliff, the island's capital boasts a stunning combination of Cycladic and Venetian architecture, outstanding views of the submerged volcano and an aerial cable car transportation system.
At the location of Mesa Gialos stands the Megaro Gyzi, the building housing the Santorini archaeological collection. It includes sculptures, inscriptions, vases and figurines, but also the huge volcanic rock, weighing 480 kilos, which according to legend was once lifted by the ancient weightlifter Eumastas, and the Theran amphora with geometrical decoration dating from the beginning of the 7th century BC.
A treasure trove of history and culture, this museum contains an excellent collection of artifacts found in excavations throughout the area, including the archaeological site of Akrotiri. The museum tells the story of prehistoric Thera through a variety of finds from excavations and collections, making up the dynamic image of an island which was a significant commercial and economic center in the Aegean during the 18th and 17th centuries BC.
Palaia & Nea Kameni - Santorini Volcano
These uninhabited islands, located in the center basin of Santorini, were created by a series of volcanic eruptions 3,500 years ago. Jagged black lava and therapeutic hot springs characterize their extraordinary landscape.
This region is famous for world-class wines and unique vinification methods. Visit some of the world's oldest vineyards and learn how the micro-climate and rich volcanic soil produces such a full-bodied bouquet. For a link to a page maintained by Santorini wineries, click here!
This seaside village, on the southeast side of Santorini, is famous for its expansive and dramatic black sand beach. Created by volcanic activity, this area is teeming with watersports, cafes and tavernas.
A volcanic eruption around 1650 B.C. caused the center of the island to implode into the sea, forming a huge water-filled crater called the "caldera," which legend proclaims to be the lost city of Atlantis.
The Mountain of Prophet Elijah
The island's highest point towers 2,000 feet above the sea and offers panoramic views of Santorini.