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The Santorini island's beauty has been waxed lyrical over the years, fully earning the epithet "kalliste" (the most beautiful). Along with "Strogili", this was one of the former names lent to the island over its troubled history. Its history is one of battles and conquers, of a tragic eruption and a blossoming renaissence – events that haven't altered Santorini's charm but that undoubtedly scarred it.

Together with the inhabited Therania and five other smaller islands, Thera (Santorini's Greek name) belongs to the namesake archipelago which is the vestige of a volcanic caldera. Places of unspoiled nature and postcard-like views, the islands are reachable by boat and bear the original appeal of the old-fashioned Santorini.

The main island is split further into picturesque villages masterly painted in dazzling blue and white hues, outlining the holiday resort's multi-faceted personality and its extraordinary variety of landscapes.

Rising out of the crystalline waters of the Aegean Sea, Santorini is the result of the erupting mouth of a volcano that has left a dramatic legacy of black and red-sand beaches and an enormous caldera draped by white-washed houses and blue-domed churches.

A harmonious Mediterranean backdrop, shaped by the sharp contrast of the ivory village clashing with the bold black of the volcanic soil, opens up to the traveler, in an awe-inspiring paradise that is Santorini.

The scent of wine grapes and vineyards stretching lazily down Santorini's unrefined hills; the unique taste of tomatoes grown solely on volcanic soil and the soaring temperature of the island; the subtle sand or the smoothness of white pebbles and turquoise waters of some of Europe's most suggestive beaches; the upbeat sound of the buzzing nightlife; the spectacle of the sun setting behind the village of Oia and the caldera to finally plunge into the skyline. Santorini gratifies all 5 senses, treating the traveler to enchanting views and thousands of colours.

Without mentioning dazzling panoramas, the mesmerizing sea or vibrant villages, Santorini's culinary tradition would be something worth experiencing on its own.

Borrowing a pronounced Mediterranean diet from the mainland, Santorini shares a tendency to use vegetables, quality olive oil, meat and fresh seafood generously, creating its own cuisine by adding products that are cultivated solely on its fertile soil.

Try the island's peculiar white-eggplants with mozzarella, or sample the unique "Tomatokeftedes", tomato fritters made of Santorini's own produce, and accompany it beautifully with a glass of Vinsanto - the experience will be matched by an unrivaled view from one of the picturesque taverns the island is studded with.

A laid-back attitude accompanies the whole Greek lifestyle, and it is little wonder that in Santorini and the Greek Islands it is emphasized even more. Coffee breaks are a serious matter and a remarkable part of the day, making "kafeterias" appealing hangouts in the suggestive towns.

The most popular version of the traditional coffee is an espresso-like brew that tends to share similarities with the Turkish coffee, infused with a sharp flavour, escorting the hearty Greeks throughout the day.

Santorini's scorching sun has led both locals and tourists to opt for a more chilled, and yet equally efficient, option, creating a break that is ideal for an iced-coffee, a frappe or an ice-cream.

Santorini's nightlife revolves around its bustling capital, a buzzing hub that houses most of the island's foreign-patronized clubs and happening hangouts. The hectic town-centre livens up at night, rocking until dawn in a uniform mixture of tourists and locals.

Despite the other villages' less renowned bar-scene, Santorini's holiday resorts, having developed substantially around tourism, are certainly not to be underrated. Picturesque bars litter the main drags, often gifting the travelers with breath-taking panoramas.

Santorini is in all aspects a work of art, and its souvenirs and local produce doubtlessly reflect the island's beautiful facets. Oia and above all Fira are the island's major shopping destinations, places of unrivaled charm where traditional shops line up neatly down narrow streets.

In Santorini a visit to one of the local art galleries is a must: evocative handicrafts, folk art and jewelry can be bought at accessible prices, guaranteeing a souvenir that mirrors the authenticity of the villages.

Another worthy shopping experience is all about local produce. The diversity of products makes it hard to choose from the numerous delicacies grown on the island's volcanic soil. Fava, the Greek version of split peas, is particularly unique in Santorini and it is used to make a down-to-earth, yet scrumptious, puree. The island's grapes make a heavenly wine that is exported worldwide and can be bought in any of the local wineries. Last but not least comes Santorini's trademark tomato, the locals' pride and a must try for food-aficionados - wonderfully appetizing and juicy.

In Santorini, go for local produce, handicrafts or jewelry - either way, it will be an unmatched experience.

 

La Meduse hotel is located just outside Perissa by the beach of Perivolos, the largest sandy beach of the island of Santorini. Relax at the swimming pool lounge or enjoy the on the house beach facilities and have lunch or dinner at the fish taverns..
La Perla Villas is a cluster of cave houses, built in the traditional dug-out style and consists of 12 cave units on 5 levels. The hotel offers 24h-reception, Wi Fi Internet, private parking, fresh water pool with sun beds, umbrellas and pool towels...
This hotel complex is situated in the beautiful settlement of Oia (Ia) in northern Santorini. It is at the entrance to the village and sits back from the road that leads in to Oia. The property overlooks the Eastern Aegean sea. This area is linked to..
This charming hotel enjoys a great location- situated at the north of the island. Guests can explore the essence and intrigue of the area- as well as uncover the secrets of Santorini- which boasts unique sunsets. Guests will enjoy ease of access to Perivolos..
Property Location Located in Santorini Oia, Laokasti Villas & Restaurant is minutes from Naval Museum and Oia Castle. This aparthotel is within close proximity of Baxedes Beach and Cape Columbo Beach.Rooms Make yourself at home in one of the 17 air-conditioned..
Property Location With a stay at Levante Beach Hotel, you'll be centrally located in Santorini, walking distance from Kamari Beach and close to Wine Museum. This beach hotel is within close proximity of Ancient Thira and Prophet Elias Monastery.Rooms..
This wonderful city hotel is very nicely nestled in the centre of Fira, right on the caldera, approximately 250 m above the sea level and offers its guests magnificent sunset views. It is located right above the old port, facing the famous volcano and..
Luna Santorini Suites offers you exclusive room facilities for your ultimate comfort and relaxation and personalized services to satisfy all your needs. As our main interest is offering our guests uniquely aesthetical and admirably organized settings,..
This beach hotel- built in typical Cycladic architecture style- is beautifully located in a quiet area within walking distance from the black sandy beach of Kamari. Fira town can be reached by car or public transport- since it is 9 km away. The hotel..
Manos Small World is in the heart of Santorini, walking distance from Wall Paintings of Thira Exhibition and Petros M. Nomikos Conference Centre. The Manos Small World hotel is within close proximity of Megaro Gyzi and Catholic Cathedral. Rooms..
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