Welcome to Santorini Island
L i v e y our M y t h i n
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||Santorini is one of the
most ruggedly beautiful and dramatic places on earth. Santorini,
also known as Thira, is the southern most of the Cyclades
islands and one of the most popular destinations in all of
Greece, for good reason.
The magical island of Santorini is truly one of Greece's "must-sees",
right along with the Acropolis. Santorini's wild majesty created
out of the apocalyptic event
|associated with mythical Atlantis,
The sunsets, seen while sipping local wine high atop
the sheer cliffs is very romantic. Santorini is a crescent
shape surrounding the black volcanic islands lying in
the bay. What was once the island of Thira sank to the
bottom of the caldera in the apocalyptic explosion in
1450 BC. The lagoon-like caldera measures 32 square
miles and is 300 to 400 metres deep. In the center are
Palea Kameni and Nea Kameni.
area and a stop for most cruise ships.
||On the western
side where the volcano is located, the sheer cliffs,
300 metres high, are multi-coloured strata of
black, red, grey, and brown. Perched high atop
are the scenes most often adorning a poster for
Greece, startling white sugar cube houses and
churches with brilliant blue domes set against
the deeper blues of the sky and the Aegean Sea.
The capital of the island is Fira, and it is a
There are interesting and charming towns in the centre
of the island that are well worth exploring. The tallest
mountain is Profitis Ilias, with a summit only 556 metres
above sea level. While you're there, don't miss the
live dig at fascinating Akrotiri, and for the culture
buff you can also visit the ruins at Ancient Thira.
The eastern side of Santorini is a sharp contrast where
flat areas meet the beach. The land is flat and fertile.
Kamari and Perissa are black sand and pebble beaches
with crystal clear waters and a lively entertainment
|| scene. The
island is 96 sq. km. with a coastline 69 kilometres
long and a population of almost 12,000. The island
is 130 nautical miles from Piraeus and 70 nautical
miles from Crete. Santorini is 18 km long and
varies from 2 to 6 km wide.
Don't forget to try the local specialties which
include the lovely wine, and 'fava' – a
dish made from chick-peas. Make sure you try the
delicious tomato keftedes.