Santorini is one of the most famous, magical, romantic and charming Greek islands of the world. It is a Cycladic island located in the Aegean Sea at about 200 km southeast of mainland Greece. Santorini is an active volcanic island. This Aegean island is a caldera with a rugged landscape formed due to a volcanic eruption in a 16th century. Recently, the last recorded volcano erupted was in 1950. White-washed, irregular cuboid houses with multicolored cliffs, blue-domed churches, turquoise colored clear waters, dramatic sunset skies, colorful natural beaches makes Santorini more mysterious and a charming place. So Discover Volcanic Santorini – Feel the Magic of Love…………………… If you love islands then read this post to know about the Best Islands of the world to Visit with Kids
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SUNSET AT OIA
Santorini is divided into many parts like Oia, Fira, Akrotiri, and Pygros according to settlements. Oia is the northern part of Santorini which is famous for world-famous dramatic sunsets. The orange-reddish skies with its reflections over the white-washed towns are worth capturing. In peak summer times, Oia is overcrowded. Oia is full of hotels and restaurants facing Aegean sea and sunsets. Book your sunset tour in Santorini with all volcanic villages tour.
As the name, so is the color of sand and cliffs of this beach. This beach has naturally red colored sand and cliffs and lies to the southwest of Akrotiri area. Due to volcanic eruptions, the sand and rocks of Santorini are either red or black in color. The soil of this place is rich in minerals.
KAMARI BEACH/BLACK BEACH
Due to Santorini’s volcanic history, there many unique beaches. This beach has black sand and pebbles. It is about 6 km southeast of Fira. There are beach shacks at this place.
STAY IN CAVE STYLED BOUTIQUE HOTEL
We stayed in Pantelia suites with a beautiful view of the Aegean Sea and located on the volcano. Whitewashed hotel with many terraces, blue doors framed by fresh fuchsia flowers with stunning views of the sun setting into the sea is always so perfect for a romantic and lovely stay. There is also a similar kind of traditional boutique styled hotels in Fira near the old Church. These stays are over-priced and very expensive in peak seasons. But staying in such hotels are worth. Click here to book Pantelia Suites and you can read my reviews on Pantelia suites.
SAILING ACROSS TO VOLCANIC ROCKS AND TAKE A HOT SPRINGS
Take a boat/private yacht or cruise to sail around Caldera(volcanic crater) Hike along volcanic rocks or Dip into hot springs with a red mud wrap. (red mud is from lava). This Caldera is the Volcanic crater, from where Volcano erupted and till date natural hot springs are emerging out. Click here to book your Santorini day cruise to reach volcanic springs and some awesome colorful beaches.
ROAM AROUND NARROW ZIG-ZAG STREETS OF OIA AND FIRA
The pathways or stairs are improperly laid out on volcanic hilly rocks to reach irregular shaped white houses or hotels. The doors of houses are blue with colorful decor. Every street is photogenic and there are many antique shops selling traditional products of Santorini like pure Greek olive soap, volcanic rocks pumice stones or scrubs, beauty products made from volcanic sand/soil, paintings, precious stones and many more.
Pyrgos is one of the settlements of Santorini which is famous for beautiful blue domed churches. Pyrgos is situated at about 8 km from Fira. Click here to know about why you should book tour to Pyrgos, Oia and other neighborhoods of Santorini.
ENJOY LOCAL FOOD WITH TRADITIONAL TAVERNS
Slurp the delicious authentic, Mediterranean Greek food in traditional Taverns(restaurants) with an Aegean sea view in Santorini. Don’t miss special fava Beans, Stuffed Tomato and Capsicum filled with aromatic rice, Greek Risotto, Aubergine Moussaka(veg. style), Tomato and Zucchini fritters, Saganaki(Cheese filo pastry), Greek salad and Spinach pie. Have delicious Greek food in any of the best Santorini restaurants. Click here to book a cooking class with lunch tour or book a food/gourmet tour in Santorini.
SOAK INTO WINE AND SUNSET
Santorini is a famous Greek wine region. Due to the island’s volcanic soil, a popular white grape breed is cultivated in Santorini. The wine made from these mineral rich, aromatic grapes have a distinct flavor and is famous all over the world. Just take a glass of wine and grab your favorite place to watch the drama in the sky played by the sun and its various reflections over blue Aegean sea and volcanic Caldera. Click here to know about why you should book highlights of Santorini with a wine tasting tour.
VIEWING GALLERY OR VIEWPOINTS
While driving, look for the picture perfect points. As driving through the cliffs along the sea there are many points which are perfect for photography and enjoy the peaceful sea surrounded by Volcanic cliffs.
ENJOY SANTORINI’S NIGHTS
Looks like a fairytale with lights illuminating on an irregularly shaped hill from small houses.
Some Valid Questions about Discover Volcanic Santorini – Feel the Magic of Love
Q. How to reach Santorini?
Ans- Santorini can be reached by air or cruises. I took Ryan air from Athens to reach Santorini and took the cruise to Mykonos while exiting. Check my friend’s tips on how to reach Santorini from Athens.
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Q. What is the local transportation in Santorini?
Ans – Rent a car or Quad bikes are the best way to explore this island. Nearby islands can be done by Day cruises. Public transport is there but not having good frequency and also it cannot reach everywhere. There are main 4 settlements in this island to be explored like Oia, Fira, Akrotiri, and Pyrgos. Better to carry your International Licence and drive yourself.
Q. Where to stay in Santorini?
Ans – Click here to check my hotel stay or grab a deal in luxury styled Greek villas turned into hotels with views. They are authentic greek homes with private terraces, pools, cave styled bathrooms and all with a priceless view. Read about a cave and luxury styled options of many stay options in Santorini … Click for Where to stay in Santorini
Q. Which is the best season to go? | Santorini weather throughout the year
Ans – Summers that is May to September is the best season to visit this place. If you want to avoid crowd then go in off shoulder peak seasons that is just before the peak season like in April or October. I visited in April so managed to take pictures without the crowd and also all prices were not overpriced. Also, Santorini has good weather all year round.
Q. How to visit Santorini, if you are not staying on this island? OR Can Santorini be done as a day trip from nearby islands?
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