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Santorini is an island located in the southern Aegean Sea, and is also known as Thira or Strongyli. It is one of the most popular volcanic islands in the Cyclades. Its name comes from the Frankish Crusaders who stood for supplies near the church of Agia Irini (Santa Irina) that existed on the island.
The island is widely known for the volcano and the beautiful caldera that was created after the retreat of the land but also for the viticulture which is an important sector of agricultural production on the island.
It also stands out for its amazing historical sights, excellently preserved mansions and magnificent churches.
There are many attractions on the island and you can choose the ones you want to visit, depending on your preferences and interests.
Santorini Volcano is one of the largest underwater active volcanoes in the world. Its largest eruption occurred during the Minoan Bronze Age 3,600 years ago. The entire center of the then circular island sank in the sea during the terrible volcanic eruption. The eruption caused a tidal wave that literally wiped out the advanced civilization of Minoan Crete.
The Wineries of the island
The volcano of Santorini has created a shocking landscape and a unique ecosystem, in which the vineyards of Santorini, whose history dates back to prehistoric times, have been adapted in the best way.
There are many tours and excursions that will allow you to get to know the winemaking tradition of Santorini, while they can satisfy even the most demanding wine lovers. Visit the wineries of the island and enjoy the taste tests to get to know the different local types of wines. You will visit vineyards with a history of centuries and the hospitable winemakers of Santorini will introduce you to the excellent wine of the island, as well as to the ritual of turning grapes into wine!
Archaeological Museum of Fira
The Archaeological Museum of Thira is located in the center of Fira and reveals the long history of the island. In its rooms it hosts collections of sculptures and inscriptions from the Archaic to the Roman period, as well as ceramic vases and clay figurines up to the Hellenistic period.
The most famous feature of Santorini is its amazing sunset. Thousands of visitors from all over the world have associated their presence with the idyllic image of the Greek sun disappearing in the golden waters of the Aegean. The best places to see this impressive phenomenon is a place in Oia, Imerovigli, or Firostefani.
Local products of the island
The local traditional cuisine of Santorini consists of dishes that are inextricably linked to the Mediterranean diet. Santorini fava, cherry tomatoes and capers are among the most important local products that in combination with its famous wines offer explosive delicious pleasures even for the most demanding visitors.
Private and special beaches
Different beaches due to volcano! Let's take a look at some of them:
Akrotiri Beach: A small beach with dark pebbles located near the excavation of Akrotiri with many fish taverns.
White beach: Small beach with huge white rocks, black sand and white pebbles! It has a canteen and a few sunbeds!
Vlychada Beach: The beach has fine black sand and dark pebbles and is organized.
Red beach: Red, volcanic rocks and reddish pebbles!
Perivolos Beach: It has black sand, clear waters and a large number of beach bars and restaurants that have umbrellas and sunbeds on the beach. You can do water sports.
The volcano, the traditional settlements, the wonderful sunset, the endless blue of the sea and the sky, its local delicacies, its wonderful wine, its museums and many more that will enchant all its visitors!