Santorini is a volcanic origin island located in the Egeo Sea and being part of the Cyclade in Greece. It’s a place of an spectacular natural beauty with a flooded volcanic caldera who forms a 12km long lagoon that is surrounded by 300m high walls.
It’s probably one of the most photogenic places of the Mediterraneo with it’s characteristic white houses making a beautiful contrast with the blue sky and the sea. Just gorgeous..
It’s currently one of the most touristic places in Europe with a very active night life. Even so, during autumn and spring is pretty quiet so could be the perfect time to avoid the crowds.
As a curiosity, the last eruption of the volcano was in 1950. Even though the chance for another eruption is quite low, since 2011 they have registered several seismic movements and tremors.. Hopefully nothing will happen during your visit 😉
How to get to Santorini: There is a national airport located north of Kamari and with regular flights from Athens, the capital city of Greece. During summer you can flight to the island from Crete, Rhodes and Mykonos. There is also a ferry from Piraeus, Paros and Naxos to the port of Fira.
Where to stay in Santorini: On the west of the island you can find the most spectacular hotels, built on cliffs and with views to the volcanic caldera. On the east there are less beautiful but also cheaper. The high season is in July, August and September.
How to move around Santorini: There is a public bus services, taxis and you can also rent a car or a motorbike. There are several trekking routes like the one which goes from Fira to Oia (hiking next to amazing cliffs) or the one in Pyrgos.
What to do in Santorini: It is a must to see the sunset with sea views and drinking a good wine from the region. Sun bathing, snorkeling, scuba diving and party at night if you like 😉
More information at the official tourism page.
Credit: photos by Aaron Geddes, Georgio R., Marcel Germain, Clint Baker and C. T. Feng.