The dramatic and scenic views overlooking the Caldera is the very best at the sunset hours. Streaks of red, purple, brown, creamy white and blue sprinkle the massive cliffs of Santorini. The town of Thira, superbly white stands on the edge of a huge cliff. Santorini was colonized by the Minoans in 3,000 BC. Rumours in the past have been widely quoted that Santorini was believed to be part of the lost Kingdom of Atlantis.
Santorini most spectacular
combines ancient history, breathtaking views. The steep cliffs, black sand beaches give Santorini a natural wild look. Whatever Thera, (Santorini) is the legendary lost continent of Atlantis have been a matter for much speculation over many, many years. The name Thera was given to the island by the hero of that name, son of Autesion and descendent of Polyneikes.
Santorini island group Thera, Therasia, Aspronisi, Palaea, and Nea Kaimeni. Thera, Therasia and the tiny Asponisi are all that remains of the volcanic mass, whose center section collapsed after a violent eruption in the fifteenth century before Christ and so produced the present caldera. The depth of the sea within the caldera is often more than 400m deep.
Santorini Island remains a spectacular island with dramatic scenery from its white villages clinging to the volcanic cliff. The lava black beaches give an equal dramatic impression. There are some charming small villages inland, but the main ones are Thira and Oia famous for its impressive sunsets.
Thira (Fira) is the modern capital of the island, built on the red-black rock at a height of 350 meters above sea level overlooking the caldera and the island of Nea Kameni. Thira is about 500 paved steps away from the old port. Museum of Prehistoric Thira is one of the most important museums in the Greek Islands. Next to the taxi station in Thira.
The beautiful town of Oia is world famous for its magnificent sunsets. Oia is located on the northern tip of the island. Be aware of the road connection and conditions between Thira and Oia, winding, narrow and busy.
Akrotiri is the most significant ancient site on Santorini. Dating from the Minoan times, Akrotiri was found almost intact covered with over 6 meters of layers of volcanic ash by the Greek archaeologist Spyridon Marinatos in 1967.
Ancient Thira. The site has yet to be fully excavated. Worth a visit. Walkers like the site along with nearby Profitis Ilias mountain.
Kamari beach resort. Located circa 11km southeast of Thira. With one of the better beaches of the island and fun in the solar atmosphere, Kamari has become a popular resort, with good accommodation, bars, tavernas, and a lively night-life.
Perissa a coastal village. It’s known for the Perissa Black Sand Beach, Fully organised beach with sunbeds, umbrellas, lifeguard. Perissa beach connects with Perivolos with nightclubs, restaurants, tavernas, and cafes.
How to get to here
Santorini Airport (JTR) located north of the village/resort Kamari. (Small airport 8th busiest airport in Greece). Distance to Thira about 6km.
Direct flight to Santorini from several European countries including charter flights between April – October and scheduled flights. Availability and price comparison with Momondo and Aegean Airlines. Direct flights from Athens (40 min) and other Greek airports. More information here at Santorini airport.
The good flight connection to-from Santorini makes it an ideal destination to visit and the Santorini port to be of your start or final destination for your Greek island hopping adventure. Island Hoppers, allow plenty of time for your return flight and always plan and arrange an easily accessible final return port of call. Play safe is the name of the game, allow a minimum at least one clear day to spare or more. Ferries can be cancelled due to very strong winds.
Direct ferry from Athens/Piraeus – year around. In the summer, there are also ferries from Rafina to Santorini, which is a closer route than Piraeus. Occasionally, but not every year, there can be ferries from Santorini to Lavrion. Ferry from Athens/Piraeus via Cyclades Islands connections to Anafi, Syros, Folegandros, Ios, Kimolos, Kynthos, Milos, Naxos, Paros, Santorini, Serifos, Sifnos, Mykonos.