Santorini, authentically called Thira in Greek, is an island that captivates everybody who visits it with its charm. It is the most frequently visited destination in Greece. It would not be wrong to say that Greece is what it is because of the marvels of Santorini. This city-like island is famous for its picturesque, whitewashed, close-knit houses, its ethereal sun-downs, and its gorgeous cliffs. If you are planning to visit Santorini and are yearning for an impressive greeting then take the sea route to the island. You will be welcomed by the most glorious view of the island from that side.
Once you have landed in Santorini, you should make a checklist for the must-visit places of this Island.
Fira is the capital of Santorini. It is peculiar for its porcelain-white houses connected to each other through small streets. There are blue tinged churches every here and there that accentuates the contrast in the white background of the city. Hop on a ferry at the port of Athiniós, which you can reach via the road route. Fira is the hub of Santorini’s tourism. There are cafes, restaurants, hotels, and markets which are flocked with tourists all year round.
The wonders of Oia
If you want to experience the most amazing sunset ever, then head towards Oia. You should expect hundreds of tourists here waiting for the sun to go down. Oia is situated towards the northern end of Santorini and is the most photogenic village you will ever see. Oia is the home to plenty of tiny yet coziest hotels in Santorini. The hotels are adjacent to delicious seafood stalls that serve some of the best authentic Greek recipes.
Caldera, the sea filled volcano
Caldera is the remnant of the old volcanic crater that once occupied the region. It is filled by sea today but there is evidence of its residual volcanic activity in the form of hot springs located nearby. This is the perfect relaxation spot. Indulge in hot baths or simply have a fulfilling lunch in Thirassia which is located on the western dimension of Caldera.
The ancient ruins of Santorini
The Akrotiri Archaeological Site was found some 50 years back. It takes you back to the ancient era when a grand volcanic explosion in the 16th century destroyed the whole region. There is evidence found which show that Santorini was among the most prospering civilizations at that time. You will also find the popular Red Beach nearby the archaeological remains.
Pyrgos, the former capital of Santorini
Pyrgos was the capital of the island before the 1800s. It also has a distinct white hued architecture comprising of tiny, quaint cottages filling the whole of the village. Pyrgos has been developing in its tourism sector since 2004. There are plenty of tiny eateries opening up in the village which offer the most mouthwatering Greek dishes. They are hotels popping up in this small town as well which are affordable especially to the new visitors. This village has a very small local community; only 1000 people live here. This makes the place a relaxing, noise-free spot for every tourist.