Santorini is a volcanic island in the Cyclades group of the Greek islands. It is located between Ios and Anafi islands. It is famous for dramatic views, stunning sunsets from Oia town, the strange white aubergine (eggplant), the town of Thira and naturally its very own active volcano. There are naturally fantastic beaches such as […]
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Santorini is a volcanic island in the Cyclades group of the Greek islands. It is located between Ios and Anafi islands. It is famous for dramatic views, stunning sunsets from Oia town, the strange white aubergine (eggplant), the town of Thira and naturally its very own active volcano. There are naturally fantastic beaches such as the beach of Perissa, maybe the best beach in Santorini, the black pebble beach of Kamari, white beach and red beach.
Villages and Towns
There are several villages and towns on Santorini Island, four of which are perched along the top of the crescent-shaped cliff of the caldera.
Fira – the main stunning cliff-perched town, featuring all that Oia has, but much more overcrowded.
Karterados – 2km south of Fira. Here you can find the traditional Santorini architecture
Kamari – black pebble beach. Has stunning views of Sunrise.
Firostefani – just 10 minutes walking distance from Fira, offering unique views of the volcano and sunset from it cliff-perched site.
Imerovigli – small resort town perched on the cliff a short bus ride away from Fira. Has absolutely stunning views of the sunset (all the way down to the horizon) and of Oia.
Oia or Ia – for unforgettable sunsets, probably the most charming cliff-perched place on the island.
Pyrgos – highest point on the island; picturesque monastery and streets, can compete with Oia.
Perissa – Nice, well-organized beaches and good Greek fish taverns.
Megalochori -Traditional village with a lot of old white cycladic churches.
Akrotiri -Visit the archaeological site of Aktotiri. Stunning history.
Akrotiri-Visit the Venetian Castle and on the top with amazing views the tower La Ponta- Greek Bagpipe exhibition workshop-Daily music!]]
Mesaria – The centre of the island. There is a small market on the road every morning with fresh fish. Do not miss the Argiros Estate to see a 19th century house fully rebuilt.
Monolithos- Nice beach and a few good taverns. Very good for children, as the water is shallow.
Vlichada – a small village and a beach.
Vothonas – a small rock village, the church of St. Ann is here. Architecturally it is the strangest village on the island, as all the buildings were cut from the ravine that it is in.
Also there’s Thirasia, a village on the nearby island with the same name–visited by fewer tourists. There are daily excursions to the Kameni (volcano) Island which also reach Thirasia island.