Santorini is one of the most famous, magical, romantic and charming Greek island of the world. It is a Cycladic island located in Aegean Sea at about 200 km south east of mainland Greece. Santorini is an active volcanic island. This Aegean island is a caldera with rugged landscape formed due to volcanic eruption in 16th century. Recently, the last recorded volcano erupted was in 1950. White-washed, irregular cuboid houses with multicolored cliffs, blue domes 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 northern part of Santorini which is famous for world famous dramatic sunsets. The orange-reddish skies with its reflections over the white-washed towns is worth capturing. In peak summer times, Oia is over crowded. Oia is full of hotels and restuarants facing Aegean sea and sunsets.
RED BEACH – 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 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 kms 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 Aegean Sea and located on volcano . Whitewashed hotel with many terraces, blue doors framed by fresh fuchsia flowers with stunning views of sun setting into sea is always so perfect for a romantic and lovely stay. There are also similar kind of traditional boutique styled hotels in Fira near old Church. These stays are over-priced and very expensive in peak seasons. But staying in such hotels are worth. 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 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.
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 pumic stones or scrubs, beauty products made from volcanic sand/soil, paintings, precious stones and many more.
PYRGOS VILLAGE – Pyrgos is one of the settlements of Santorini which is famous for beautiful blue domed churches. Pyrgos is situated at about 8 kms from Fira.
ENJOY LOCAL FOOD WITH TRADITIONAL TAVERNS – Slurp the delicious authentic, Mediterranean Greek food in traditional Taverns(restaurants) with a 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.
SOAK INTO WINE AND SUNSET – Santorini is a famous Greek wine region. Due to island’s volcanic soil, a popular white grape breed is cultivated in Santorini. The wine made from these mineral rich, aromatic grapes have 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 sky played by sun and its various reflections over blue Aegean sea and volcanic Caldera.
VIEWING GALLERY OR VIEW POINTS – 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 irregular 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 cruise to Mykonos while exiting. Check my friend’s tips on how to reach Santorini from Athens.
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 – 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.
Q. Which is the best season to go?
Ans – Summers that is May to September are 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 crowd and also all prices were not overpriced. Also Santorini have good weather all year round.
So till then, Keep Traveling………………………………..Keep Exploring…………………………………………
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