Vacations in Santorini (Cyclades - Greece)
Santorini: The romantic island with the unique view to the caldera
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Vacations in Santorini island - Santorini, The romantic island with the unique view to the caldera
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Information On Santorini
Santorini belongs to Cyclades and it is one of the southern islands of the complex. It is shaped like a cresent and along with four other volcanic islands, Thirasia, Aspronisi, Palia Kameni and Nea Kameni they form the so-called Volcano of Santorini complex. With Thirasia and Aspronisi they form a ring surrounding the caldera and the tow other islands.
Santorini is a unique island born by volcanic activity, as it is the remain of an old volcano, from whose eruption the central part sunk into the sea forming a sea basin, the so-called caldera. As a result of this Santorini is a completely dry island with no vegetation, but thanks to its volcanic soil it produces vegetables (cherry tomatoes of Santorini, fava beans, etc) of unique flavor.
Santorini is one of the most famous tourist attractions in the entire world, mainly because of its incredible view of the caldera, and one of the most romantic destinations ever. It has repeatedly been awarded by international media and magazines as the best destination in the world and for good reason, as the spectacle visitors face is truly unique.
Naturally Santorini is not an economic destination. In the tourist hot-spots with the unobstructed view of the caldera accommodation and food/drink often are insanely expensive. However, if you choose to dodge those expenses, then your stay in Santorini may end up being quiet affordable.
It goes without saying that in a popular tourist destination like Santorini it is best to avoid the high season (mainly August), when it gets extremely crowded. Finally, on Santorini there are a lot of remarkable museums of various kinds that are worth visiting.
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Beaches Of Santorini
The beaches of Santorini with their usually black color are a truly impressive sight. The truth is that Santorini is not an island ideal for beaches and swimming, as those rare beaches are mostly good for taking pictures. Most of the beaches have pebble (usually black) and only few have sand.
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Travel To Santorini
The trip from Piraeus to Santorini ranges from 4,5 hours if you travel with the highspeed to 7-9 hours with the older ships. There is an airport on Santorini for easier access, as the flight last less than half an hour.
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Transportation On Santorini (Car Rentals)
Santorini has a good public transport as there are frequent buses leaving for everywhere (every half hour more or less). If you are on the island during high season the bus routes are not enough to accommodate everyone, so you will have to be prepared to suffer a lot of squeeze, so you may want to consider having your own vehicle, but be aware of the bad road network. As far as getting from the harbor to Chora, there are 3 choices: You either walk, ride a donkey (5 euro) or take the funicular (4 euro). Walking is not advised, as besides fatigue you would also be in danger of getting run-over by donkeys used like taxis.
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Accommodation On Santorini (Hotels, Apartments, Guesthouses, Rooms to let)
On Santorini there is a very specific dilemma: You either book an expensive room with an amazing view or or a relatively cheap room in a place with no view. Choose to avoid Fira if you want to stay clear of all the noise, while ideal and quiet - but also expensive - alternatives are Firostefani, Imerovigli and Ia (north). There is much accommodation in more economic areas like Kamari and Perissa, but is best to stay anywhere else but there, because in these two settlements there is a lot of fuss. Finally, there is an organized amping in Perissa.
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Food & Drink On Santorini
The trademark dish of Santorini is its tomatokeftedes (tomato nuggets) made with the famous cherry tomatoes of the island. You should also try the atherina mini pies (fried fish pieces) and recipes using the white eggplant (sweet and with no seeds) that is grows on the island. Avoid as much as possible the tourist hot-spots as the prices there are usually out of control and food / service is rather poor.
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What To Buy On Santorini
On Santorini, thanks to its volcanic soil, people grow exceptional products of unique flavor. You have to buy some of the famous cherry tomatoes of Santorini, superb fava beans and the delicious sweet red wine Vinsanto.
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Attractions On Santorini
The number one tourist attraction of Santorini is without doubt the impressive caldera.
The excursion includes a visit to the moonscape island of the volcano and more Santorini attractions
It houses rich findings from various excavations on Santorini since 1896, mostly from the ancient city of Thira.
The museum in Fira exhibits the prehistoric findings of Thira. The famous mural of the 17th century B.C. with the monkeys stands out.
The Nautical Museum of Santorini was founded in 1956 and it is housed in a two-floor traditional house.
An impressive museum focused in whine processing on Santorini.
The conference center is housed in a neoclassical building in Firostefani, on a point with unique view to the caldera.
Here you will see minerals and fossils from Santorini, the most remarkable of which is the 2 meter long stoned olive branch.
The Ecclesiastical and Folklore Museum is housed in the Monastery of Profitis Ilias, built in the 18th century in the area of Pyrgos
The folklore museum of Santorini has six rooms that have been restored to represent the domestic rooms as they were in the 20th century.
A truly impressive attraction as the church was built entirely into a rock.
Pyrgos is a beautiful scenic village with a medieval feel, on the highest peak of the island, offering panoramic view of the entire Santorini.
In Vlychada there is a stone buildings complex which includes the Tomato Industrial Museum, exhibition grounds and an open space for shows and concerts.
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Alternative Islands To Santorini
Santorini is not what you are looking for? Then one of the following nearby islands might interest you:
Ios (18 klm from Santorini)
Anafi (21 klm from Santorini)
Sikinos (29 klm from Santorini)
Iraklia (39 klm from Santorini)
Folegandros (41 klm from Santorini)
Amorgos (45 klm from Santorini)
Schinoussa (45 klm from Santorini)
Naxos (49 klm from Santorini)
Koufonisia (52 klm from Santorini)
Paros (57 klm from Santorini)
Antiparos (58 klm from Santorini)
Sifnos (76 klm from Santorini)
Milos (77 klm from Santorini)
Donoussa (77 klm from Santorini)
Kimolos (84 klm from Santorini)
Mykonos (103 klm from Santorini)
Serifos (104 klm from Santorini)
Syros (107 klm from Santorini)
Tinos (117 klm from Santorini)
Kythnos (126 klm from Santorini)
Andros (139 klm from Santorini)
Kea (Tzia) (151 klm from Santorini)
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Islands Connected To Santorini
There is a ferry from Santorini to the following islands:
Amorgos (direct connection to Santorini)
Astypalaia (direct connection to Santorini)
Folegandros (direct connection to Santorini)
Ios (direct connection to Santorini)
Kalymnos (direct connection to Santorini)
Kastelorizo (direct connection to Santorini)
Kos (direct connection to Santorini)
Koufonisia (direct connection to Santorini)
Milos (direct connection to Santorini)
Mykonos (direct connection to Santorini)
Naxos (direct connection to Santorini)
Nisyros (direct connection to Santorini)
Paros (direct connection to Santorini)
Rhodes (direct connection to Santorini)
Serifos (direct connection to Santorini)
Sifnos (direct connection to Santorini)
Sikinos (direct connection to Santorini)
Symi (direct connection to Santorini)
Tilos (direct connection to Santorini)
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