Santorini (Thira)

  • Things to do - general

    Santorini is an island in the southern Aegean Sea, about 200 km (120 miles) southeast of Greece’s mainland. It is the largest island of a small, circular archipelago which bears the same name and is the remnant of a volcanic caldera. Santorini is essentially what remains after an enormous volcanic eruption that destroyed the earliest settlements on a formerly single island, and created the current geological caldera.

    Widely known for its unique geologic formation, this island has an incredible experience to offer due to the amazing volcano views, the unique volcanic sand beaches and the steep downward slopes that lead to the Aegean sea. Being one of the most often-visited islands of the world, Santorini is able to satisfy the needs of all its visitors and guarantee to justify their expectations before their trip to the island. As heard, Santorini has the undisputed right to speak proudly about its inhabitants as being great hosts and contribute in an unforgettable way in order to make the visitors’ stay as comfortable as possible.

    Once you choose Santorini as the destination of your holidays, it is more than certain that someday you will return in order to live this experience again. As this occurs to every destination, make sure to arrange as many activities as possible prior to your trip in order to live the island to the maximum. Do not hesitate to ask the locals for information about what choices you have in terms of food, excursions, visits and places. Mostly noted are the breath-taking sunset views from Oia and Imerovigli, boat trips to the volcano, amazing restaurants with domestic delicacies, unique volcano-sand beaches, house architecture, visits to the wine industry, pop culture museums, christian-orthodox churches, walks in the picturesque stone-paved alleys and even donkey rides to the high crests of the island.

    Santorini’s best advertisement is that during the past years, many of its visitors have decided to invest in land property and even choose the island as their place to stay for the rest of their lives. This hospitable and blessed island is more than generous to its visitors and it is proven to be able to host families, friends, couples and singles.

  • Sports and nature
    Geogaphical information Santorini's geomorphology is the result of hundreds of thousands of years of volcanic activity. The island is located on top of the volcanic arc of the Aegean Sea which consists of a series of inactive or active volcanoes spanning approximately 500 km in length and 30-40 km in width. The arc extends from the eastern coast of Greece's mainland, through to central Aegean Sea and ends at the western coast of Turkey. The geology of Santorini presents a large variety and wealth. Prevolcanic are the limestone layers in Prophet Εlias, Monolithos, Gavrilos and the shale rocks in Athinios. Volcanic are the pyroclastics, the lava and the thick layers of Theran earth, which consist the ground of the island. It is as thick as 40 m in the flat land but it is thinner in highlands due to corrosion. It is fertile and favors crops where the economy of the island was based on prior to the development of tourism. Vines, cereals (barley mainly), legumes, fava and, in the older days, cotton have been the basic crops from ancient times. Santorini is one of the most arid regions of the Aegean Sea, due to lack in underground wells and to very few rainfalls. The climate is temperate and the temperatures are quite high during winter, while in the summer the heat mitigates the wind. This time of season fogs keep moisture in the atmosphere, while many times south winds blow. In its SE part is located the mountain of Prophet Elias with the homonymous monastery. Next to it is Mesa Vouno where ancient Thera is built. The eastern side of the island slopes gently to the sea, lined with beaches of black volcanic sand. Routes. Fira-Firostefani-Imerovigli-Oia This route connects four of the most popular settlements of the Caldera. If you are visiting Santorini during high season (June-August) you should know that the central Theotokopoulos square is closed for vehicles and you will have to take a detour. Firostefani and Imerovigli are only 1 km and 2,5 km away from Fira, respectively. There are parking lots in both villages and you will find several walking paths leading to the Caldera in order to enjoy the view. Exiting Imerovigli you will come upon an intersection. On your right-hand side is the road coming from Kontohori (route 2). The road ahead leads to Vourvoulos settlement and Vourvoulos beach. You can take route 2 to Culumbos and Baxedes-Paradeisos beach by turning left (north) further down the road leading to this beach. The left-hand side road leads to Oia. This is one of the most amazing routes on the island. The total distance is 9,5 km. On your right you will have a view of the NE beaches and the Aegean Sea. It is worth stopping at the col where the road to Pori beach is located on the right-hand side (east). On the side of the Caldera the view of the volcanic rocks and the volcano is astonishing, while on the opposite side you will admire the Aegean Sea. From this point on you will drive near the impressive Black and Red mountains. At the entrance of Oia you will find a sign showing a right turn to Finikia and Baxedes. Driving straight ahead you will enter Oia. Passing through the village you will find access points to the main pedestrian street offering view to the Caldera and the neighborhoods of Oia. There are several parking lots where busses also make stops. The road ends in Ammoudi cove which is the NW end of the island. You can park your vehicle just before Ammoudi on the right-hand side of the road and access Kantharos beach. Diving Great diving spots in Santorini include the promontory of Trypiti in Therasia, and the shipwreck in Taxiarhis, Palia Kameni. The reef in the area of Adiavati (inside the Caldera to the south, near Akrotiri) is also ideal for a dive. If you like cave exploration, try Mesa Pigadia and the so-called "Indian's'" rock. Other excellent locations are Armeni near Oia (for wall dives), Ammoudi and Aspronisi. See more at: http://www.santorini.gr/