The unique natural and architectural landscape, with white and colored houses perched on the cliff created by the volcano in the prehistoric times, has made Santorini one of the most famous destinations in the world for romantic luxury holidays. Amazing views to the sunset, rich history, special cuisine and an impressive natural setting meet in an unforgettable mix.
The fascinating history of this Cycladic island, where one of the greatest civilizations in the Mediterranean was born, is narrated in the amazing archeological site of Akrotiri and the beautiful modern Museum of Prehistoric Thera. The volcanic terrain gives special character to the local delis (fava, small tomatoes, white aubergines) and famous wines. The foodies can take part in cooking classes and wine tastings. Don’t miss the chance to visit the wineries where traditional architecture and modern technology meet and taste the local varieties like the iconic Asirtiko.
Fira, the capital of the island, is the place to be for cosmopolitan walks, restaurants and cocktail spots facing the volcano, shopping and clubs. When you wish to escape the crowds, discover the quiet pace of the Katholikon district, Fira’s most atmospheric quarter, with beautiful mansions like Gkizi Art Center with interesting cultural events. Oia is the most romantic place to enjoy the sunset, with nice restaurants and ethnic boutiques, impressive old captain houses and an interesting Nautical Museum tells the glorious modern history of the island. Firostefani and Imerovigli with the remains of the old venetian castle (Skaros) are nice spots for more quiet walks along the famous Caldera (the unique cliff made by the volcano).
Pyrgos is the medieval jewel of the island, preserves the character of the fortified settlement of Venetian times with labyrinthine alleys and traditional houses. Megalochori and Exo Gonia are two more traditional villages with local flair and nice spots to linger.
Perivolos retains its title as the most cosmopolitan of the island’s beaches, with beach bars every year and some of Santorini’s best fish tavernas to boot, while sophisticated Vlychada, all-time-classic Perissa with black sand and tavernas, Akrotiri’s iconic Red Beach and more alternative and not touristy Coloumbo are some more special beaches to spot. As for Ammoudi, you’d think that time had stood still in this little fishing port, the perfect place for a quick swim and a fish dinner.
When you are in the mood for sightseeing, the first choice is the visit by boat to the island of Nea Kameni, where you will swim in the warm waters and the see the craters and the impressively crystalline rocks of the volcano.The archeological space of Ancient Thera in a stunning location at the top of the cliff that overlooks the popular beach resort of Kamari is another must see.