The island of Santorini looms majestic over the blue waters of the Aegean Sea, capturing the eyes of travellers approaching the island by boat, by cruise ship or by plane. Santorini, renowned as a place of unique and unrivalled beauty, the "princess of the Cyclades," awaits you. Explore and discover every cobbled street, every settlement and every beach, and the myriad of reasons that make Santorini one of the world’s top travel destinations.
Santorini is surrounded by clear blue waters and impresses visitors with the mosaic of its coastal landscapes. Popular or sequestered, sandy or rugged, with white, black or red shingle, each beach is unique and beautiful. For organized beaches you can visit Perissa (black sand), Perivolos (black sand, crystal clear waters, water sports), and Kamari (popular, bustling with people, and offering many options for water sports). If you prefer quiet beaches you can choose amongst Vlyxada, the Red Beach (accessible by a long hike from Akrotiri), the equally impressive White Beach (with white, large shingle), Pori, Messa Pigadia, and many more...
A tour of the island’s main attractions, like the capital of Fira, or Firostefani, Imerovigli, and Oia (10.5 km. NW from Fira), will reveal picturesque sceneries imbued with a sense of peace and tranquility. Whitewashed houses, yards full of blooming bougainvillea, churches with azure domes, cave houses - examples of authentic Theraic architecture - and luxurious accommodations, pop up in every corner. You can walk, ride the donkeys, or take the cable car from the old port of Fira, which covers a vertical distance of 220 m, in 3 minutes. Worth visiting are the Prehistoric Thera Museum, the Archaeological Museum of Thera, the Naval Museum of Oia, the prehistoric city of Akrotiri, which, according to French archaeologist Fouqué, was the Pompeii of the Aegean, and the archaeological site of ancient Thera from where you can take a stroll down to the seaside settlement of Perissa.
Devote one day of your stay to a boat tour and seize the opportunity to visit the caldera of the active volcano (Nea Kameni), swim in the hot springs, at 33o C (Palia Kameni), or go on a diving boat tour and explore the beautiful seabed. Yet no trip in Santorini is complete without a wine-tasting session in one of the island's wineries, where you can taste the local varieties, Athiri, Aidani, Mantilaria, Mavrotragano and Asirtiko and, of course, the famous sweet wine Vinsanto. As the sun sets over the volcanic setting, take in the island's amazing energy and etch forever into your memory some of the world’s most peaceful and natural landscapes.