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A small archipelago at the southernmost point of the Cyclades, Santorini was born of hellish origins, created by a volcanic eruption that some believe wiped out the ancient Minoan culture on the nearby island of Crete. Today, Santorini is better known as one of Greece’s gentler tourist destinations, and an ideal place to find sun, sea and relaxation away from the masses. It’s also the perfect place to enjoy local wine and gaze across the dramatic sheer cliffs enveloping the sapphire lagoon at the centre of this ancient volcanic caldera.
Fira — The principal city on Santorini teeters on the edge of the volcanic crater’s 400 metre high cliffs. Fira offers some hustle and bustle, as well as splendid views across Santorini’s impossibly blue lagoon. Learn all about the island’s history with a trip to the Archaeological Museum of Thera and the Museum of Prehistoric Thera.
Oia — While the small village of Oia to the north of the island was once a Mediterranean centre of trade, it now the ideal spot to get a taste of the quiet life here on Santorini Island. The region’s fascinating history has been immortalised in the Naval Maritime Museum.
Therasia — Overlooked by Oia, the small island of Therasia is situated to the west of Santorini’s main island. Here is where the archipelago’s volcanic nature is most evident, with many choosing to take a dip in the volcano’s rejuvenating hot springs with a private boat tour.
Akrotiri — A city frozen in time, Akrotiri is an ancient Minoan site destroyed by a volcanic eruption some 3,000 years ago. It is believed to be inspiration for the legendary city of Atlantis. Excavated for modern day visitors, the site attracts history buffs to its pristinely preserved mosaics, which are breathtaking whether you’re a keen historian or not.
Discover the diverse wonders of this volcanic caldera with a private Santorini photography tour. With four-hour and six-hour tours available – both in the morning and afternoon – you’ll be sure to get the perfect snap. A trip to Oia is also in order if you’re looking for some picturesque snaps to take home. The buildings here streak the cliff side in a splash of white and blue, topped with winding cobbled pathways and a proud windmill in the distinctive minimal style unique to the Cyclades.
Wine has been produced on Santorini Island for centuries, and not just the Greek staple, Retsina. Excite your palate under the tuition of a local wine expert by booking a small group wine tour. Better yet, enhance the experience by booking a full day wine tour combined with an Aegean day cruise. There’s no necessity to drink – simply kick back with a lemonade if you prefer, or take a refreshing swim in the clear, salty waters of the Aegean. Whatever you do, you’ll find that Santorini offers magnificent views, caves and rock formations that promise all the peace and quiet you could desire.
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