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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.

 

This property is situated in the small village of Finikia which is located at the entrance of Oia village. It is situated at the top of a hill which runs down to the sea, giving the property fabulous sea views. The hotel has its own restaurant and there..
This property is situated in the small village of Finikia which is located at the entrance of Oia village. It is situated at the top of a hill which runs down to the sea, giving the property fabulous sea views. The hotel has its own restaurant and there..
Property Location Located in Santorini Oia, Finikia's Place is convenient to Naval Museum and Oia Castle. This hotel is within close proximity of Baxedes Beach and Cape Columbo Beach.Rooms Make yourself at home in one of the 24 air-conditioned rooms featuring..
This family run hotel is located in the centre of Kamari Resort is very close to the beach, around 150m away. In the immediate vicinity guests will be able to find bars, restaurants and local taverns. It is ideal for families with children or couples..
With a stay at Golden Star in Santorini (Fira), you'll be minutes from Agios Nikolaos Monastery and Museum of Prehistoric Thira. This hotel is within close proximity of Plateia Theotokopoulou and Santorini Folklore Museum.Rooms Make yourself at home in..
**Winner of Tripadvisor certificate of excellence 2013** The family run Golden Star Hotel is ideally located within the stunning white walled town of Santorini close to a number of the most popular attractions in the area including the Archaeological..
Goulielmos Hotel is situated in a magnificent location, in Akrotiri of Santorini, famous for the homonym archaeological site. The red beach is just a few minutes away, and Fira town is 15 minutes away.Beautifully decorated room with a TV, mini fridge..
Have the chance to stay close to the Santorini capital yet in a quiet, family-run hotel that's just around the corner from all the action. Offering a more than comfortable place to stay at reasonable prices, the Hellas Hotel is an excellent choice for..
The complex offers a garden with children¿s playground and a swimming pool. The rooms are equipped with air conditioning (extra charge), TV, refrigerator, bathroom, safe box (extra charge) and balcony/terrace. Address: 84700 Fira, Santorini, Gre..
This family run hotel surrounded by beautiful gardens enjoys a very good location approximately 100 m from Kamari Beach. Guests can walk to most places in the area, the boulevard with restaurants and shops and also the bus stop that links with most villages..
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