Santorini is the southernmost island of the Cyclades and its Mediterranean climate is very pleasant so that you can start to swim without problems since the middle of April until the middle of October.
- When: From June to August is high season in Santorini, tourists fill the streets of Fira and Oia, the beaches are crowded and the prices go up a bit. During the day temperatures are high while the evening breeze caresses the whole island giving relief to the many visitors. If you wish to visit Santorini in this period we advise you book well in advance. I visited this magnificent island in summer and the sunlight that is reflected in the white house can be an ally if you are going to take panoramic pictures.
- What to see: Oia, also called IA, is probably the most beautiful and picturesque village of the island. Domed churches gleaming and cave dwellings that seem suspended in space perfectly symbolize Greece. IT is built high up on the edge of the Caldera, has small streets, breathtaking views, manicured shops, nice museums, numerous art galleries and the ruins of the Venetian fortress make the village of Oia a unique and fascinating. If you love shopping and usually avoided the classic tourist souvenirs, advice to linger in this area for your purchases because there are really nice little shops.
Fira is the capital of Santorini, also called Thira, and is a small village with characteristic cobbled streets dominated by the colors of white houses, blue doors and windows and the blue of church domes. Fira is located in the western part of the island, 10 kilometers from the main port, and offers a large number of hotels, many with swimming pool and stunning sea views. Fira is the only center of Santorini where you can live the night. The other countries are more relaxed, both day and night … without a doubt romantic people prefer Firostefani a quiet place, further north, right on the scenic route.
The traditional village of Imerovigli is one of the most popular resorts in Santorini . Built on top of the caldera, at almost 300 meters above sea level, has a magnificent view of the volcanoes. Not far from the village rise the ruins of Skaros fortress, built on a huge rock. it was once the island’s capital and administrative heart of Santorini.
In south-east coast of Santorini, 14 km from the capital Fira, there is the village of Perissa . It has a beautiful black sand 8 km long beach, exposed to the wind (like the restaurants surrounding it) .
Here you can find the best water sports facilities on the island with windsurfing, water skiing and more.
- Food: National dish par excellence is the moussaka, a delicious stew made with eggplant, cinnamon, wine and meat, It is eaten as a main dish for lunch and dinner. You can taste even imeze an appetizer that is usually served with cheese, olives, keftedes (spicy meatballs) tzatziki sauce, made with yogurt and traditionally linked to the classic Turkish kebab.
Another delicious dish not to be missed in Santorini is the dolmades, a meat stew flavored with grape leaves, and agvolemono, prepared with rice, chicken and eggs. Do not forget also that Santorini is an island, so you can enjoy a varied menu of seafood, such as shellfish, sea bream, sharp, polyps, which can eat especially in the many restaurants and clubs that enliven the waterfront.
- Excursions: You can make many trips thanks to the many small travel agencies in every village of the island. One of the many hidden secrets are surely the remains of an ancient civilization, the Minoan, so important that Plato call it ‘Atlantis’. The “big boat trip” allows you to navigate from one end of the basin with stops at Faro, the volcano, Thirassia (the largest of the islands, which is also inhabited) and Nea Kameni which emerged at the beginning of the century. Here you can have a truly unique experience: the Hot Springs, which dive into the sea areas that reach very high temperatures to the presence of sulfur springs. Excursions can end with return to the old port, or proceed to the port of Oia village, to the north.
Although I was in Santorini about 5 years ago I definitely can say that among the various places that I had the luck to visit Santorini is one of the most beautiful and complete ones. I hope that the magical atmosphere of this island will remain intact and that the mass tourism is still far from the defile. Bon Voyage …
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