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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.

 

Property Location With a stay at Matina Hotel in Santorini Kamari, you'll be convenient to Kamari Beach and Ancient Thira. This hotel is within close proximity of Wine Museum and Prophet Elias Monastery.Rooms Make yourself at home in one of the 27 air-conditioned..
This small and elegant property featuring Aegean Cycladic architecture is located at the end of the famous village of Imerovigli. With its 6 double rooms it offers an ideal getaway for those seeking a quiet and cosy atmosphere for their romantic break...
The hotel was built based on the traditional Cycladic architecture in which white colour dominates the space. The environment is cosy and hospitable and the facilities offer a pleasant stay.
Hotel Melina is built in traditional Cycladic architecture, being located in Fira, the capital of the island.Melina Hotel is the best choice for your holidays because its location and the facilities it offers makes it an ideal residence as your relaxation..
The hotel is located on the picturesque island of Santorini at the sunny Perissa resort. It is only 350 m away from the famous 10 kilometre-long black sandy beach.||This air-conditioned hotel offers 16 apartments/suites and was named after the steady,..
The hotel is situated in the beautiful area of Monolithos, just besides the only sand beach; on the south east side of the island. A perfect spot, from where delightful views to the volcanic beach and the Aegean Sea can be appreciated. The hotel is in..
Property Location With a stay at Memories Beach hotel in Santorini Monolithos, you'll be close to Monolithos Beach and Museum of Prehistoric Thira. This beach hotel is within close proximity of Vourvoulos Beach and Art Space Santorini.Rooms Make yourself..
Milos Villas is located in a very quite area yet only 800 metres from the centre of Fira. The hotel offers warm and friendly accommodation enjoying view of the Aegean Sea.Next to the swimming pool, the Cycladic complex disposes an original windmill with..
Monolithia Seaside Traditional Houses is located on Monolithos beach, a unique location, with a heavenly view to the Aegean and a picturesque sunrise, just a km away from the famous beach of Kamari, 1 km from the airport and 5 km from Fira town. The complex..
Property Location With a stay at Moonlight Apartments in Santorini Fira, you'll be minutes from Agios Nikolaos Monastery and Archaeological Museum. This family-friendly apartment is within close proximity of Megaro Gyzi and Megaro Gyzi Museum.Rooms Make..
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