Rising brusquely from the Aegean Sea, the island of Santorini is surrounded by steep cliffs, 1.000 feet high, resulting from one of the biggest volcanic eruptions ever recorded in history, which made a circular island into a crescent that wraps around a caldera crowned with whitewashed settlements that cling to their tops and trail down their sides. Santorini is situated at the most southern point of the Cyclades in the Aegean Sea and is probably the most famous of the islands.
Santorini, considered one of the most romantic places on earth, is famous for its incredible sunsets, fine wine and breathtaking views and is certainly a must destination for a yacht charter. The island has some of the most unique beaches in Greece, including “Red Beach” a pebbly beach with a stunning red backdrop and “Kamari” characterized by its impossibly black sand.
Oia is the most famous village in Santorini, known for its quiet life and stunning sunsets. This complex of charming houses in narrow streets, blue domed churches, and sun-bathed verandas is carved right on the cliffs and visitors will enjoy walking around the picturesque village admiring the traditional Greek architecture, cafes and tourist shops. Oia has several cultural attractions, including the Maritime museum, and one can easily distinguish between the houses built for Venetian sea captains and the more traditional “cave houses” of the villagers. Oia also has a small port called Ammoudi, which can be reached by a set of 300 steps leading down.
Firá, the Santorini’s picturesque capital, Imerovigli and Firostefani are other beautiful villages, perched on the caldera, that are certainly worth the visit. Getting around the island is quite easy. You can rent a car or you can take the rare chance to travel around the island by donkey.
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