Santorini, the most beautiful island of Aegean sea
I really love Santorini. I have this urge to visit it every year as I live just 1.5 hours away using the ferry. However, I’ve been there only 4 times so far, but I’m not planning to stop going.
Santorini is an amazing place that you need to visit at least once in your lifetime only for one reason. The amazing sunset. This unique sunset made the island extremely popular for honeymoons, weddings and exotic escape for lovers.
But Santorini it’s not only about beautiful sunsets. Actually, by visiting Santorini, you are going for vacations to an active volcano. A continuously evolving geological phenomenon that shapes and changes the island every day.
There are so many things to do in Santorini and you need to spend some time to really appreciate the island. The tour agents offer numerous interesting activities that include: photography tours, wine tasting tours, hikes at the edgy cliffs, boat cruises and much more. Furthermore, you can enjoy crystal waters with black volcano sand or red pebbled beaches that will blow your mind and make you never want to leave.
The main cities of the island are Fira (or Thira), Oia and Kamari. Each one is unique in its own way. Let’s read about them.
Fira, the capital of Santorini, is built on the eyebrow of the caldera, 400 meters above the sea level the capital of Santorini. The white houses built on the edge of the cliff are a spectacular sight when you are looking the city from the sea.
The second most important settlement in Santorini is Oia. Oia is a lovely traditional village located on the North side of the island. It has been declared as a traditional settlement to be preserved by the Greek National Tourism Office. The reason was that the special way the houses have been built. Most of the houses are domed caves carved through the volcanic rocks of caldera cliff. This characteristic provides ideal conditions both for summer and winter.
Kamari was built after a destructive earthquake in 1956. A small arch that was part of a sanctuary dedicated to Poseidon gave the name to Kamari. Kamari beach is the longest beach of Santorini and the most popular among tourists. Because of its size, you will never find it overcrowded. The water is crystal clear, but the beach is not recommended for small children as there are many slippery stones.