Traveling in the south end of Aegean Sea a massive drift of volcanic lava appears in front of you.
This is Santorini, the deep sea island. Here you understand the meaning of the words: Magnificence, Stateliness, Beauty, Awe. Awe which you will constantly sense when you realize that the depths of the earth lie in front of you and you see the white little houses, like a line made of lace on top of the red and black rocks, staring gloriously and defying the volcano. Santorini existed and was developed in such a different way from any other island. It was buried under the depths on the earth and was reborn many times.
It sank and emerged from the bottom of the sea again and again. Santorini, as a result then called – STROGILI – (round) island, given this name because of its round shape, got the unique shape we see today after its numerous battles against the volcano and consists of the islands of: Thira, Aspronisi, and in the centre where the worldwide known ‘caldera' was formed, the volcano emerges tranquil, quiet, threatening. Before you even step on it you are fascinated by it. The more you discover it, the more you see its contrasts and uniqueness and the more you will be fascinated by it from one day to the other.
When you discover Santorini's picturesque little villages, each one unique, swim in the sea of the beautiful black sandy beaches of Perissa, Vlihada, Kamari, or the deep red beach of Akrotiri, go on an excursion in the ‘caldera' to see the volcano, visit one of the 300 white churches, and if you happen to be in one many local fairs, or taste the magnificent wine of Santorini and the traditional meze offered in abundance you will be fascinated.
You will visit the excavation site in Akrotiri and the museums which are very interesting. In Akrotiri covered by volcanic pumice, began the discovery in 1967 by Professor Spiros Marinatos of an entire seaside city with roads, squares, multi-storey buildings, workshops, etc. Wall paintings of significant art value decorated the rooms, hundreds of utensils and stone tools, clay and metal which show the peak and wealth of the city have been discovered.
Akrotiri was the center of a major Aegean civilization of the mid 16 th century B.C. This center, although influenced significantly by Crete , the dominant power in the region at the time, nevertheless managed to retain its own characteristic features.
You will walk the cobbled streets of Fira, the capital, which is full of life, admire the grandiose and steep village of Imerovigli , walk along the winding streets of Skaros, watch the most magnificent sunset in the world in magical Ia, descend to Amoudi where you will be amazed by its wild beauty and colourful scenery. Taste the marvellous products of this dry but extremely fertile soil: fava (split pea puree), white aubergine, capers, cherry tomatoes, tomato croquettes, ‘chloro' (goat cheese) and the traditional sweets: ‘melitinia' and ‘koufeto'.
Traditional (by sea as well as air) is very good throughout the year reaching its peak during the summer months. There won't be any difficulty for anyone who wants to explore Santorini thoroughly since there are very good and frequent buses. In case you want to visit the beauties of the island independently, there are a large number of car rental agencies.
The nightlife offers you everything: bar, disco, Greek and foreign music. For eating, you can choose among the small traditional and picturesque tavernas and restaurant