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Santorini: an island of magical beauty

Its volcanic landscape, its enchanting position in the Aegean and its traditional gastronomy have made Santorini a top tourist destination. You can book a Santorini private tour now and discover the beauty of the island!

North of Fira is the much sung Imerovigli. Its name comes from Vigla which means observatory, after all, its location in one of the highest points of the island had made it an important point of observation of the sea for the early warning of the inhabitants in case of raid. Imerovigli has been characterized as a preserved traditional settlement with the result that every renovation is done following faithfully what the local architecture of the settlement dictates.

On the north side of the island we find Oia, famous for its sunset. It is built at an altitude of 250 meters and captivates the visitor with its cobbled alleys and traditional cave houses carved into the rock and the captain’s houses. In Oia is the Nautical Museum of Thira while it is definitely worth visiting the Castle of Agios Nikolaos.

Sunset in Santorini

If you do not experience it up close, you can not understand why it has come to be considered an attraction of the island. And while the sunset in Oia is one of the most famous, the truth is that wherever you enjoy it and just being in Santorini and getting lost in the colors of the setting sun is enough on its own!

In Fira you can enjoy this magical hour of the day on the roof of a bar in the “eyebrow” of the caldera drinking a cocktail. In Oia, the “faithful” of the golden hour flock to the ruins of the castle to capture the moments in their cameras. In Imerovigli the verandas of luxury hotels offer the ideal combination of relaxation and enjoyment away from the crowds. In the summer months Santorini sinks from the crowds.

If you want to avoid the hordes of tourists who rush to take a seat for the natural spectacle that has made it famous in your world we have the solution. Two more wonderful places to enjoy the “sinking” of the sun on the horizon of the Aegean are from the Skaro of Imerovigli or from the lighthouse of Akrotiri.

The beaches of Santorini

The beaches of Santorini have a special, wild beauty. In Kokkini Paralia with the imposing red and black rocks  as result of the volcanic activity in the island as you will swim in dark blue crystal clear waters with underwater hot springs and you will sunbathe on red sand, which alternates with black pebbles. Continuing to Aspri Paralia you will enjoy your swim overlooking the impressive white rocks that surround it.

Choose the organized beach of Perissa and lie down on very thin black pebbles. You will find a similar landscape with fine black sand and dark pebbles on the beach of Vlychada. In Perivolos and Kamari you will find the most popular beach bars of Santorini, while in Ammoudi (port of Oia) after your dives you will eat fresh fish in the fish taverns that operate by the sea.

Spa in the warm waters of the volcano

It is one of the best experiences you could give yourself when you go to Santorini. Spa dip in the warm waters of the volcano! Depending on your place of residence in Santorini, look for the departure points for the boats that go to the volcanic islands of Palia and Nea Kameni (Gialos, Ammoudi, Athinios).

Make sure you wear light clothing, have a pair of sneakers with you and of course do not forget to get plenty of water. Wild and steep cliffs of red and black shades, volcanic rocks and the crater of a volcano with a history of many millions of years are waiting for you. Dare to dive in the hot springs of Palea Kameni and indulge in the healing properties of the thermal volcanic water.

Local products

Throughout the island there are traditional and famous wineries, several of which are open to the public. Another great product is Fava. This is a PDO product with a very special taste. Finds testify to its cultivation on the island since antiquity. A special agricultural product of the area is the tomato. The wine production of the island has three wines of Designation of Origin of Superior Quality, Assyrtiko, Nychteri and Vinsanto.

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