If you are one of the people who think Santorini Greece is an isolated place then you are wrong. Santorini is known to be one of the most visited places and romantic holiday destination in the world. In 2018, Greece welcomed around 33 million tourists and the number is expected to increase. So, what makes the Aegean Islands a hot item on the bucket list of most travellers?
Santorini is one of the Cyclades islands devastated by a volcanic eruption in 16th B.C. This ancient city will fascinate you with its white-washed houses, blue-domed churches, volcanic landscape and panoramic seaside views. Most of the houses in this ancient city are coloured with volcanic ashes. This island is truly a sight to behold.
Enough teasing let’s get up close with one of the most picturesque places on the planet…
Best Time To Visit Santorini
The best time to visit Santorini is during the off-peak travel season for those travelling with kids and love a serene environment. During summer, it’s pretty daunting to find private space among the jostling crowds especially when you are with your family. However, if you are open to making a thousand new friends, then the summer period is the best time to visit.
There are fewer crowds around springtime and during mid-September through October when the weather is warm, however, if you are looking to take a budget trip, November through March is the best time.
Things To Do
Sunset and Panorama View
One of the famous features of Santorini is the Oia sunset and the caldera view. The Oia village (pronounced Ia) is probably the best and most popular spot to watch the sunset, all you need to do is to choose the right location for the perfect shot. Sipping a glass of wine with your other half while watching the sunset won’t be a bad idea either – what could be more romantic than this?
Three Bells of Fira
There is an old adage that Santorini has more churches than houses. This is essentially true. The Three Bells of Fira, located in Firostefani is the most-photographed church known for its blue dome and whitewashed buildings. The Three Bells is the historical landmark of Fira village. You will feel right at home as you overlook the luscious landscaping with an amazing view of the Aegean Sea.
Hiking from Fira to Oia
One of the things to do in Santorini is to hike from Fira to Oia. Take a long leisure walk around the caldera cliff as you catch the gorgeous sunset and the city’s architecture view. The hiking should not take more than 3-4 hours depending on your endurance strength.
Akrotiri Archaeological Site
If you are looking for a serene place to stay in Santorini with a Caldera view, Akrotiri is certainly the right choice.
Akrotiri was a prehistoric city buried in volcanic ash in the late 17th century B.C. Most of the artworks, objects, and frescoes at the site were remarkably well-preserved. It is sometimes referred to as the Pompeii of the Aegean. It highly recommends you add the Akrotiri Archaeological site to your ‘things to do’ list when visiting Santorini.
As they say ‘a meal without wine is like a day without sunshine’. Santorini is no doubt Greece’s top destinations for wine tourism with over 18 wineries, so it won’t be a bad idea to have a meal with wine. Wine from Santorini is well-known around the world for its unique taste. Thanks to the city’s volcanic landscape.
This unique island is home to numerous indigenous grapes including the famous white grapes such as Assyrtiko, Athiri, Aidini and the Mandilaria red grapes.
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