Santorini is a scenic volcanic island located about 120 miles off the southern coast of Greece. Inviting sunny weather coupled with crystal clear waters have made Santorini a major tourist destination of the region, attracting tourists from all over Europe and beyond. The whitewashed houses along its volcanic slopes create the perfect backdrop to the natural scenery. The island is part of the Cyclades archipelago and has a history dating back to the Bronze Age. Santorini is the perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of city life. From romantic couples to families who want a break from the monotony of city life, Santorini provides the perfect escape. The island has several villages and beaches which tourists can choose from when visiting Santorini.
Imerovigli is on the outer boundary of Fira. The neighborhood is known to have the best views of the sunset in Santorini. Such is its popularity as a sunset point that it earned the nickname ‘balcony of the Aegean.’ The houses are built along the caldera as if it were an amphitheater, creating an absolute visual spectacle. However, the sunset is not the only attraction of Imerovigli. The neighborhood has a number of beautiful churches built in a typical Cycladic style of architecture. Also, look out for the Skaros – the ruins of the 13th century Venetian Castle of the ruler of the islands, Marco Sanudo.
Pyrgos is located about 8 km southwest of Fira and is the highest point of Santorini. There are a few viewpoints in Pyrgos from where you can have sweeping views of the whole island. The village itself has been built along the caldera. The hillside of Pyrgos is a protected area which has helped it retain its original charm. If you can manage the climb to the top of the hill, you will be rewarded with spectacular views and the sighting of an ancient monastery.
The village of Monolithos is situated on the eastern central coastline of Santorini Island. It is right next to the airport. The village is small and not very touristy. The best of Monolithos is its beach. The shallow waters of this beach make it ideal for swimming even for the kids. So if you are traveling with kids, then Monolithos Beach is the one to visit. There are a few small hotels for those who want to stay overnight.
The village of Vothonas is in sharp contrast from the rest of the villages on the island. It has houses made of stones and rocks that were cut out from the very ravine the village is set in. If you are looking for a change in scenery in Santorini, then Vothonas village is the place to be. The Church of St. Ann located in the village dates back to 1827. The interior has a wooden screen adorned with images from the Old Testament.
Perissa is a small seaside village located on the southeastern side of the island of Santorini. It is less touristy than many of its neighboring villages. If you are looking for a comparatively inexpensive place to stay in Santorini, then Perissa is your choice. A black sand beach and stunning views of the sea are its main attractions. Although you can explore the village on foot, water taxis are available for those who want to ride the waves or visit the neighboring villages. Since public transport is available on Santorini, you can even take the bus to visit other parts of the island.
Akrotiri is located on the southwestern side of the island of Santorini. It offers a sweeping view of the volcano and the caldera. But it is not just the views that has made Akrotiri famous. Akrotiri is the archaeological site of an ancient settlement. The ruins of that settlement are located just a short walk from the modern-day village. It is believed to have been inhabited in the 5th millennium BC, known as the Neolithic Age. The site is one of the best preserved Neolithic sites in the whole of Greece and is believed to have been destroyed by a volcanic eruption.
The village of Megalochori is located on the southern end of the central western part of the island of Santorini. It is a traditional village that look on to the Heart of Santorini. Megalochori lies just southeast of the wine region of Santorini. You can rent a scooter or even trek to these wineries. The Hellenic Culture Center is located in this village, so if you want a crash course on Greek, now you know where to go. Megalochori also has a number of taverns, some playing traditional Greek music.
Kamari is a seaside village which is best known for its black pebble beach. It has a very relaxed ambiance, ideal for those who want to escape the crowd at places like Fira. Kamari also has a number of bars and taverns for those who want to have a drink or meal. You can walk or drive in Kamari. Another option is to rent a scooter to explore the area. Kamari is located close to the airport – about 3 kilometers away. The village has a number of small B&Bs for those who want to stay overnight.
Also known as Thera, this is the capital and primary town on the island of Santorini. It is located on the cliff top of a caldera and is known for its stunning panoramic views of the surrounding scenery. If you find it too difficult to negotiate the climb then you can opt for the cable car ride. Fira is also home to numerous restaurants, cafes, and bars where you can take a break and enjoy the sunset on the Mediterranean. History lovers can head to the museum in Fira. The central location makes it the perfect place to be the base for exploring Santorini.
Oia, also known as Ia, is one of the most popular villages in the island of Santorini. The cliff perched houses and stunning views of the sunsets are its main attractions. It is also a port-of-call for cruise ships, so be prepared for large crowds during the peak tourist season. Most of the village can be explored o foot. Want to try something slightly exotic? Rent a donkey!
Originally posted 2017-06-07 06:21:00.