Santorini is a beautiful island, located at the south end of the Cyclades
island complex. In the 15th c BC a volcano erupted and the center of the island
collapsed into the sea forming the caldera. The black beaches, the precipice
surrounding the caldera, the twisted, colourful rocks and the steep cliffs all
give the island a distinctive quality. Its best know products are its wines -
some of the best wines worldwide and its small tomatoes grown virtually without
water. The climate is mild and dry. During the summer temperature is between 25-
35 degrees. The island capital of Santorini, Fira clings to the edge of a cliff,
which is, in fact, the rim of the carter. The town's archaeological museum is
crammed with finds from excavations at Akrotiri. Santorini has magnificent
beaches, created by the volcano, where the sand is black, red, or white and the
sea is deep blue and crystal clear. The impact of tourism has made itself felt
in Santorini, judging from the abundance of hotels, shops and taverns.
The island capital of Santorini, Fira clings to the edge of a cliff, which is,
in fact, the rim of the carter. During the earthquakes of 1956 a considerable
part of the town was destroyed. Nevertheless many of the typical 18th century
houses still survive. The wonderful architecture the deep blue sea and the
volcano comprise a unique picture. 600 steps will lead you down the caldera to
the harbour of Fira, where you may choose either the "teleferic" (cable car) or
the traditional donkeys for the way back. Fira is a modern town where
nightlife never stops. The plurality of restaurants, bars, discos, coffee shops
will satisfy almost any need.
The exhibits are prehistoric finds from the excavations at Akrotiri, Potamos and
other sities on the island. It is structured in four units, referring to the
research history at Thera, the Thera geology, the island's history from the
late Neolithic to the late cycladic I period and the heyday of Akrotiri.
Don't miss to visit the excavations at Akrotiri conducted by Spyros Marinatos
in 1967. Ruins of a Minoan city were found which had been destroyed around the
year 1500c B.C. by an eruption of the volcano of Thera. It is a case of a
prehistoric Pompeii buried under the lava with two and three storey buildings,
city squares, shops and workshops. Marvelous frescoes were found in some of the
houses. The original frescoes can by seen in the National Archaeological Museum
in Athens. Vases and utensils in everyday use were also found.
Near Akrotiri one can visit two beautiful beaches, the Red
beach (Kokkini Paralia) and the White beach (Aspri Paralia). Walk to the Red
beach from Akrotiri and enjoy the view, where soaring red lava cliffs that drop
into the clear blue sea, form a majestic setting. Taverns and a few places more
for meals and snacks can be found here. The White beach is accessible by caique
only, which one can take from the shore to the right of Akrotiri. It is nice to
explore the under water scenery around the white islet, so don't forget your
Black sand, pebbles and crystal-clear water characterize
Kamari beach that stretches for five miles in length along the eastern coast of
Santorini. Water sports facilities are available at Kamari beach. On the sea
front you can find, restaurants, taverns, tourist shops café's etc.
8km of black sand and clear deep blue sea, numerous facilities as Water sports,
camping, seafront taverns and anything else you can imagine have made Perissa
one of the most popular beaches on the island
Continuation of Perissa, a relatively quiet beach. Sports facilities, taverns and bars are
available. Ia: Ammoudi is situated directly below Ia (Two hundred steps
below), you can walk but you can also drive there. Combine your swimming, with
lunch at one of the fish-taverns in the harbor next to Ammoudi beach.
Another beautiful beach, with lots of people situated at the east side of the
island. Facilities for Water sport, snacks and meals are available.
Restaurants and Taverns
In a restored neo-classical mansion, lovely setting and good Mediterranean cuisine.
Beautiful surroundings, pleasant atmosphere and fine international dishes.
A good restaurant for lunch. Extraordinary casseroles and sweets.
Superb view restaurant with good food.
Bar-Restaurant, with traditional cuisine.
Bar-Restaurant with Greek specialties in a traditional building next to a windmill.
Restaurant with good Italian cuisine.
The oldest restaurant on Santorini. Excellent Greek and local specialties.
One of the finest restaurants on the island, with an imaginative menu.
In Vedema hotel, the restaurant is situated in 300-year old semi-basement chambers.
How to get there
- By air: from Eleutherios Venizelos airport of Athens
- By ferry: from Piraeus and from Rafina ports