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Santorini  is an island in the southern Aegean Sea, about 200 km (120 mi) southeast of Greece's mainland.
It is the 
remnant of a volcanic caldera. With an area of approximately 73 km2 (28 sq mi) and a 2011 census population of 15,550 (but closer to 30,000 people now).

 

  
For more detailed information check out Wikipedia.

Santorini is famous for its spectacular views, villages perched on cliffs, its wine, its cherry tomatoes, fava, white aubergine, and more!

Santorini wines were widely exported throughout the Mediterranean and Europe.
The vinsanto variety of wine was particularly prized for its ability to withstand the month long sea voyages due, in part, to its sweetness and high alcohol levels.

In summer, you can pick fresh, sun-ripened wild figs, straight off the tree. Aromatic herbs grow wild.
Late in the year, if you know where to look, you can even collect wild saffron...

You can feel the rhythym of the seasons, watching the locals growing, picking, and tending their uniquely grown grape vines.


Some History of Santorini

Ancient Thera is an antique city on a ridge of the steep, 360 m high Messavouno mountain. It was named after the mythical ruler of the island, Theras, and was inhabited from the 9th century BC until 726 AD. Ancient Thera is today open to the public and can be reached on a winding road that starts at Kamari or several foot paths from both sides of the mountain:

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Ancient Thera historic ruins, Santorini, Greece  Ancient Thera, Santorini

 

The prehistoric city of Akrotiri is a Minoan Bronze Age settlement on the outskirts of the village of Akrotiri & is a must see. The settlement was destroyed in the Theran eruption about 1627 BCE and was buried in volcanic ash, which preserved the remains of fine Frescoes and many objects and artworks. The settlement has been suggested as a possible inspiration for Plato's story of Atlantis. The site has been under excavation since 1967.

This site is just 5 minutes walk from Santorini Beach Cave!
Inside the Archeological site, Akrotiri

Some of the other villages and sites to see around Santorini include:

Just a 2 minute drive from the house is the village of Akrotiri. In the village is an old Venetian castle ruin, which has been partly restored and houses La Ponta, a Greek Bagpipe exhibition and workshop, with daily guided tours and a a live interactive presentation of the instruments constructed on site, It as amazing and well worth a visit. They also have amazing evening music concerts - check their schedule on their website here.

 

A further short drive south takes you to the southern end of the island, where you will find the Venetian lighthouse, at Faros.
It's also a great alternate place to watch the famous Santorini sunset:

Faros lighthouse, Santorini (from the sea)  Lighthouse, Faros, Santorini

 

Driving towards the center of the island, you can can visit many quaint Greek villages, including Fira which is the capital,

Fira, Santorini

 

Next along the cliffside as you head north is the village of Firostefani:

Church in Firostefani, Santorini

 

And shortly after is Imerovigli:

Imerovigli, Santorini

 

At the northern tip of Santorini is the village of Oia:

Oia, Santorini

 

And below Oia sits Ammoudi Bay:

Ammoudi Bay, Santorini

 

Near the international airport, is Kamari Beach:

Kamari Beach, Santorini

 

Perissa Beach 

Perissa Beach, Santorini

Pyrgos Village:

Pyrgos, Santorini

These are just some of the places you can visit on Santorini! It really is a wonderful island to visit.