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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.

 

The Andromeda Villas Hotel is located in the scenic area of Imerovigli, in western Santorini, 300 metres above the Caldera. Guests will love the stunning view of the blue Aegean, the Caldera and its volcano and the idyllic sunsets. The hotel has a total..
This luxury hotel- nestled on the cliffs in the west coast of Santorini- enjoys a beautiful location in Imerovigli- 300 m above the dramatic Caldera. Guest will love the breathtaking views to the volcano and the Aegean Sea- especially at sunset. The nearest..
Boasting a private beach in Perivolos, with free sun beds and umbrellas, Anemos Baach Hotel, a 4-star, offers rooms with a private balcony. It has a cocktail bar and a seafront restaurant. Rooms are elegantly decorated and feature white and blue colours...
Anessis apartments is an alternative accommodation unit- offering endless moments of relaxation in the island¿s capital- Fira. Its style and décor have been inspired from the local architecture. The traditional rooms and apartments in accordance..
This magnificent hotel basks in its superior location in Imerovigli. This mesmerising hotel offers guests the ideal setting from which to explore the splendour of Santorini. Bathed in charm and tradition- this captivating hotel embodies the essence of..
Antinea Hotel is an A' class complex built according to the traditional Cycladic architecture and offers fantastic panoramic view of Kamari village and the Aegean sea. Amenities: Bar, Laundry Service
The Antinea Suites & Spa Hotel rests in the shadow of Ancient Thira on a hillside with breathtaking panoramic views of Kamari and the Aegean Sea on the island paradise of Santorini. This charming 4 Star property is secluded yet with easy access to..
Hotel Antinea is situated in the shadow of Ancient Thira, at a peaceful location on the hillside, offering a magnificent panoramic view of Kamari and the Aegean Sea. This cleverly designed property is bright, spacious and well equipped, offering visitors..
Hotel Antinea is situated in the shadow of Ancient Thira, at a peaceful location on the hillside, offering a magnificent panoramic view of Kamari and the Aegean Sea. This cleverly designed property is bright, spacious and well equipped, offering visitors..
Apanemo Hotel is located on the cliffside in Akrotiri, just 10 KM away from Fira, 8 KM from the port and the airport is 12 KM away.All our double rooms have nice view to the sea but not to the Caldera. Either with double or twin beds. Facilities: Private..
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