The famous island, also known as the black pearl of the Aegean Sea, is legendary as the mythical Atlantis and attracts thousands of tourists from all over the world every year. Despite its small size, the island has much to offer. It combines typical Cycladic architecture with a rich history, and kilometres of wide beaches with all beach services on the picturesque coast of the clear sea invite you to relax. Sixty metres of ash and pumice have created ideal conditions for growing sweet tomatoes, pistachios and grapefruit. Wine connoisseurs will appreciate the local quality brands, produced from 32 different grape varieties, which can be tasted at the Wine Museum.
An island full of contrasts will offer you places with countless shops, taverns, cafes and markets, as well as monuments of incredible historical proportions. The island's capital itself is unique. The city seems to lie between the sea and the sky, with endless winding staircases leading to the city from the coast from the small port of Skala, with an ingenious cable car and the inherent donkeys as porters on this route. This is Thira, the inimitable capital of the island. White houses with blue door and window frames, when it is not uncommon for them to be carved several stories into the ground.An interesting experience is a walk to the village of Imerovigli (formerly a guard post against pirate raids), along a charming path on the crater rim with stunning views of the caldera or neighbouring islets perched in the sea. Archaeology enthusiasts will enjoy Akrotiri (the so-called Pompeii of the Cyclades) or the ruins of the ancient city of Thera (more than 3,000 years old).
The resorts of Kamari and Perissa attract visitors with their endlessly long and wide beaches of volcanic black sand. The mountain town of Pyrgos (formerly the island's capital) lies among vineyards and offers breathtaking views of the surrounding area.
The islets of Palea Kameni and Nea Kameni, formed only 60 years ago, are visible from the shores of the island.
The list of interesting places could go on for much longer. If we were to sum up everything about Santorini in a few words, they would be: human skill, history, tradition, personality, contrasts and endless uniqueness.
RESORTS IN SANTORINI
Akrotiri - located in the southwestern part of the island. Recently it has been developing into a popular tourist resort, however it still pulsates with tradition and a pleasant atmosphere without noise and commerce. Near the resort are the famous archaeological excavations of the town, which is often referred to as the "Greek Pompeii". Here, archaeologists have uncovered a 3,450-year-old city whose inhabitants were warned of a devastating earthquake and subsequent volcanic eruption and so left their homes in time. Thira - the capital and the pearl of the whole area is 7 km away, the international airport is about 10 km away.
The name of the village, which translates as "Day Watch", indicates a firm place in the history of the island. Its strategic location near the edge of the cliff only confirms that it was originally an important place, especially in times of pirate raids, when the village served as an observation post. It is generally regarded as one of the most beautiful on the island. The houses are set into the slope of the Skaros Mountains, sloping steeply into the Aegean Sea. This guarantees spectacular views of the landscape with volcanic formations in the sea. Imerovigli lies just 2 km from the capital Fira and offers all the facilities tourists need - quality accommodation, shops, tavernas, cafes and bars, yet it remains a quieter resort without the never-ending entertainment and discos. Although the resort does not attract its visitors with its vast beaches and entertainment, it is a resort with a growing tourist interest and bears the stamp of a place for a quiet romantic holiday. The hotel complexes here are also built into the cliffs of the caldera and offer that unparalleled view of the entire volcanic surroundings. The island's capital (2km), the port of Athinio (13km), many other interesting historical sites or the famous black sand beaches of Kamari and Perissa (9 and 12km) are easily accessible by local bus. The airport is only 7 km away. If you are looking for a place that will offer you its tranquility, traditional unmistakable style and breathtaking views, Imerovigli will not disappoint you.
Kamari is the largest and most visited tourist resort on the stunning island of Santorini. It is situated on the rocky cliffs of the east coast, just 9 km from the capital Thira and 11 km from the port. Like many others, Kamari was hit by a devastating earthquake in 1956. It was rebuilt and gradually became an increasingly popular destination for tourists from all over the world. The magnet for tourists is undoubtedly the 3-kilometre long beach with black volcanic sand and small pebbles with a gradual entry into the sea, making it friendly for weaker swimmers and smaller children. Kamari beach gently follows Perissa beach, it is wide enough that you will never feel crowded with tourists. It is lined with a long promenade with shops, tavernas, cafes and bars. Naturally, there is a wide range of water sports, beach volleyball, paragliding, and a diving base (the rich underwater life makes it a popular spot for diving enthusiasts). If you're going to wander, we definitely recommend the capital city of Thira. The unique town, as if located between the sea and the sky, will undoubtedly impress you with its distinctive building style with cave houses, a cable car connecting the small harbour and the town itself. Don't miss a visit to the Archaeological Museum, which documents the rich history of Santorini. Take a delightful walk to the village of Imerovigli (formerly a watchtower against pirate raids) along a charming path on the edge of the crater with stunning views of the caldera or the neighbouring islets perched in the Aegean Sea. For the romantics, the town of Oia on the northernmost tip of the island with its indescribable sunsets will be the right destination. If you're an archaeology buff, visit Akrotiri - the so-called Pompeii of the Cyclades - or the ruins of the ancient city of Thera. The wine-growing town of Pyrgos, once the island's capital, is also worth a visit. You won't be bored. Kamari will be your ideal starting point. No wonder this resort is so popular.
The resort of Perissa is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the northeast of Santorini. It is separated from Kamari only by the rocky outcrop of the Mesa Vouno mountain range (at its summit you will discover the remains of one of the oldest cities in the world - ancient Thera, whose existence dates back more than 3,000 years). Like other places on the island, Perissa was hit by a massive earthquake in 1956, so the town was largely rebuilt. Today it offers its tourists traditional shops with local products, taverns, cafes and bars with the spirit of Greek tradition. Yet the resort remains an oasis of calm, there are no establishments with never-ending entertainment and noise. That is why this place is so popular. The pearl is the several kilometres long beach with black volcanic sand. Naturally, there is also a wide range of water sports on offer. The local Dominican monastery or the Church of the Holy Cross can be the destination of your wanderings. The capital city of Thira (Fira) is 15 km away. Like many other places of interest, it is connected by local bus services. Take the magical road on the edge of the crater with amazing views to the village of Imerovigli. The small town of Oia on the northernmost tip of the island with its indescribable sunsets will guarantee you an unforgettable experience. If you are an archaeology lover, visit Akrotiri - the so-called Cycladic Pompeii or the ruins of the ancient city of Thera. The wine-growing town of Pyrgos offers a bird's eye view of the island. The possibilities are countless and Perissa will welcome you back every time with its tranquility and endless beaches.
A small resort located on the northeast coast of Santorini, between the resorts of Perissa and Vlihada, which can be reached by a pleasant walk along the coast. The resort is right next to a long and wide beach with black volcanic sand. It offers pleasant swimming with a gentle entry into the sea, which will be welcomed by weaker swimmers or families with smaller children. Both on the beach and in the resort itself you will find a number of traditional taverns, cafes and bars. The atmosphere here is peaceful and very pleasant. That is why the resort is becoming a frequent destination for tourists not only from Europe. More varied shopping opportunities are available in the nearby capital Thira (Fira - 15 km). This unique town hovering over a small harbour will take your breath away. The endless steps from the small port of Skala leading to the city centre, the archaeological museum, the market and much more will convince you that the fame of the name of this city is spot on. If you're more active, treat yourself to a wonderful walk to the village of Imerovigli, along the charming path on the edge of the crater. The town of Oia, on the northernmost tip of the island with its indescribable sunsets, will also be an excellent choice. If you're an archaeology buff, visit Akrotiri - the so-called Pompeii of the Cyclades - or the ruins of the ancient city of Thera. The wine-growing town of Pyrgos is also worth a visit. The local bus service has several stops in the resort and you can easily discover these fascinating places.
- Greek name: Santorini, Théra (Σαντορίνη, Θήρα)
- Capital: Théra (Fira)
- Island area: 92 km2
- Population: over 15500
- The highest peak: Profitis Ilias (567 m)
Includes: Fira, Metropolitan Cathedral, Three Bells of Fira, Archaeological Museum, Vourvoulos, Imerovigli, Skaros, Panagia Theoskepasti, Agia Irini, Agios Antonios, Armeni, Oia, Ammoudi, Kantharos, Mavropetra, Baxedes, Domaine Sigalas Winery, Kouloumbo, Pori, Xiropigado, Vourvoulos, Kanakari, Karterados, Monolithos, Agia Paraskevi, Kamari, Zoodochos Pigi, Ancient Thera, Perissa, Panagia Katefiani, Perivolos, Emborio, Agia Ekaterini, Gavrilos - Windmills, Vlychada, Elefsis (Stone-carved tombs), Eros, Agia Anna, Almyra, Akrotiri Horse Riding, Ancient Akrotiri, Red Beach (Kokkini), Kambia, White Beach (Aspri), Taxiarchis, Black Beach, Mesa Pigadia, Cape Akrotiri, Platys Gialos, Agios Nikolaos, Akrotiri, Apothikes (Caldera), Balos Bay, Caldera View Bar, Agios Efstathios, Thermi, Heart of Santorini, Agios Nikolaos, Plaka, Megalochori, Athinios, Pyrgos, Agios Nikolaos Kissira, Profitis Ilias, Panagia Episkopi, Episkopi Gonias, Exo Gonia, Vothonas, Panagia Sergena, Mesaria, Old Port, Ormos Firon, Santorini Volcanic Islands Cruise, Nea Kameni, Hot Springs, Palea Kameni, Thirasia, Agios Nikolaos, Agii Epta Pedes, Cable Car
Includes: Fira, Imerovigli, Oia, Katharos, Mavropetra, Cape Colombo, Churches Agios Georgios & Panagia Tou Kalou, Pori, Vourvoulos, Kanaraki, Gialos Karteradou, Monolithos, Akra Kamari beach, Ancient Thera, Kamari, Santorini brewery, Wine museum, Exo Gonia, Pyrgos, Monastery Profiti Ilia, Perissa, Emporio, Vlychada, Ancient Akrotiri, Red beach, Kambia, Mesa Pigadia, Lighthouse, Gialos, Akrotiri, Caldera beach, Caldera view, The Hearth of Santorini, Santo Wines, Ormos Athinios, Nea Kameni Volcano, Thirasia
Accommodation - Santorini