A part of the Cyclades islands in the Aegean Sea, Santorini is one of the most beautiful places on the earth and a must visit tourist destinations. The largest of all the islands, Santorini is a small archipelago named after the remnant of a volcanic caldera. The present island is nothing but the remains of the huge volcanic eruption which destroyed the earliest settlements. The island covers a land area of 90.69 km2 and 15,550 people currently reside here. Sloping downward toward the Aegean Sea, the island is surrounded by 300 m high, steep cliffs on three sides and the fourth side is separated from the sea by Therasia, which is another very small island. While Fira is the capital of Santorini, Athinias is the main port. The island is the site of one of the largest volcanic eruptions in recorded history, which led to the collapse of the Minoan civilization. Greek is the official language spoken by the majority of the people while English speakers can also be found.
The major airport in Santorini is the Santorini (Thira) National Airport and all flights coming to Santorini land at this airport. The airport is situated at a distance of 6 km from Thera and serves as a military as well as civil airport. Currently more than 35 airline operators offer seasonal chartered as well as large aircrafts to and from the Santorini airport. The island is one of the two locations in Europe to feature a hot desert climate featuring two seasons – summer from April to October and winter from November to March. The island receives an average about 38 cm of rainfall in a year. The summer month is the best time for a holiday on the island as during the winters, it is very cold and the region is dominated by rains and wind. April 1st marks the beginning of the tourist season and if you want to enjoy swimming and sun tanning, visit from June to September. Megaron Gyzi Festival in August, Santorini Jazz Festival in July, International Music Festival in September and Ifestia Festival in August are the major cultural festivals celebrated in Santorini.
Oia, which is located on the northern tip of the main island, is major attractions and a popular site for various Bollywood movies that have been shot here. A trimmed town of whitewashed houses it is truly a vision in white. Firá is the coital city that if filled with white homes, blue domed churches and the view of the sea from here is truly magnificent. Ancient Théra is among the major attractions in Santorini and a popular historical site. Here tourists can sight the remains of the original Hellenistic layout along with temple ruins and other structures. Akrotiri is another small town was founded by Greek archeologist Spyridon Marinatos and there are a few historical monuments, a museum and second Pompeii, which is 1,600 years older than the Italian Pompeii, forming the major attraction here.
Kamari Beach is another famous attraction in Santorini. It is a black pebble beach and is filled with dining and shopping options. You can relax on the beach and enjoy crystalline waters of the Aegean Sea. When in Fira, you cannot miss the donkey ride. They are the most important part of the city’s tourism scene as they are used as rides to go up and down the 588 steps leading down to the old harbor of Fira. The island has a small flourishing wine industry and wine tours are very popular. Sailing is among the most enchanting experience one can enjoy in Santorini.
Eating and Shopping
Santorini is famous for its Greek cuisine which can be found almost everywhere but a decent amount of restaurants that serve wide fare of international foods are also scattered all over the Island. White aubergine, fava caper, tomato keftedes, dolmades, fish grilled in tavernas and Gyros are among the local delicacies tourists should not miss here. Fresh fish, meat and vegetarian dishes are also available in plenty. The hotels on the sea side are generally costlier as compared to those located within the city. When in Santorini enjoy a Sunset Dinner in Amoudi Port to enjoy best views of the old port as while you savor some of the most exotic dishes and wines. Selene Restaurant is a Michelin star restaurant and a must visit place and for drinks you should go to Sigalas and Gaia Wineries.
This small island is not truly suited for the brand conscious and those looking for glamorous malls or departmental stores. Shopping in Santorini is still as very traditional and unique indulgence. . A wide range of wines are available and they are inarguably the most important buy here. Lama Wine Store in Oia is the best place to buy authentic Greek and international wines. Books, postcards, magnets, guides, books, local crafts, dried caper buds; resort clothes too can be bought. Most of the shops are located in the city center and beaches.
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