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Santorini is the most beautiful Greek island, although thousands of tourists also understand that, which leads them to flock the island in the summer. Santorini’s thirteen villages are home to around 14,000 people, a number which increases tens of times during holidays. So if you require accommodation, make sure to take care of it well in advance.

If you’re lucky to have options, you’ll be able to stay in some truly exotic places, such as, say, a small house, located right on the precipice of a huge cliff. Looking from afar, such a house will probably remind you more of a prop from a pictorial theatre performance, rather than an actual building. Or you can settle down in a room furnished with natural leather. Don’t worry – all household amenities will be at your service. As an added bonus, you’ll have an excellent view of the sea.

The red beach
Photo taken by Hartmut Inerle - wikimedia.org.  The red beach

Time has painted Santorini’s rocks and beaches red, black and white. Their volcanic sand will pleasantly warm your feet as you gaze into the misty horizons of the sea and watch the giant grey cliffs with small white houses, huddled on the top like swallows' nests. At times likes this, one is not sure of which spot is the best: down below, at the foot of the cliffs, where you could enjoy the panorama of Santorini’s capital city, or up top in one of the many little fish restaurants.

After a visit here, white and blue will always remind you of Santorini. Its little white houses with blue roofs, blue shutters and blue doors leave a unique impression – just like the island’s many Catholic and Orthodox churches, monasteries, and romantic little villages with Greek taverns and vineyards.

Tourists gathered to see the famous sunset of Oia, Santorini
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  Tourists gathered to see the famous sunset of Oia, Santorini

During season, many European cities offer direct flights to Santorini, and a flight from Athens will take you less than an hour. Santorini can also be reached by some of the ferries that depart from most Greek harbours.

As the ferry approaches the island, its capital Fira can be reached by funicular, bus or donkey – the latter a popular means of transportation in the city. Once there, you’ll see how lively and cosy this city, located on a 260 metre high hill, is and what a magnificent, multi-angle panorama of the sea if offers.

Once you've tired yourself out with all the walking around the streets and climbing stairs built on slopes, you can rest up in one of the many Greek taverns, where you’ll get the opportunity to try some small, yet incredibly tasty local tomatoes and white eggplants, traditional wild rabbit stew, fish with capers, fresh sheep’s milk cheese, and, of course, some excellent local wine…

The sea view terrace at luxury hotel, Santorini island, Greece
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  The sea view terrace at luxury hotel, Santorini island, Greece

Make sure you visit the Museum of Prehistoric Thera with unique paintings from that epoch, the Museum of Archaeology with its ancient remains on display, and the Lignos Folklore Museum, located in a house-cave that serves as a testament to the talents of local artisans. If you have time, we recommend you visit the Palace of Megaron Gyzi, which was transformed into a museum exhibiting ancient manuscripts, maps, photographs, paintings and etchings. Here you can also visit the Maritime Museum which reveals the island’s naval history.

For centuries, the island of Santorini has been known for its unique Catholic and Orthodox churches and cathedrals – here you can find more than 250 of them, and they’re all different. It’s also the setting of Greek’s most famous excavation, taking place in Akrotiri, which helped to unearth a more than 3,000-year-old Minoan town. Archaeologists hope to uncover over 300 buildings! So if you’re into history and the arts, this will certainly deepen your knowledge.

Local tour agencies offer trips to the island’s best-known villages, monasteries and other landmark sites, while those who wish to go it alone can rent cars. Furthermore, the island has public buses and ships that make rounds between the main cities. Since Santorini is small – just 18 km long – getting from one end to the other only takes a few minutes. While relaxing in Fira, you’re bound to visit the city of Oja, famous for its spectacular sunsets, and the renowned resort of Kamari with its vast volcanic beaches.

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