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Santorini Yacht Charter Guide

Santorini rises dramatically from the Aegean Sea, boasting steep cliffs that soar 1,000 feet into the sky. The island's unique crescent shape is the result of one of the greatest volcanic eruptions of all time, with whitewashed settlements clinging to the cliffs and cascading down the sides. Located at the most southern point of the Cyclades in the Aegean Sea, Santorini is probably the most renowned of the Greek isles.

Considered one of the most romantic places in the world, Santorini is renowned for its breathtaking sunsets, delectable wines, and spectacular views, making it an absolute must-visit destination for those on a yacht charter. The island boasts some of the most unique beaches in Greece, such as the pebbly Red Beach with its beautiful red backdrop and Kamari, which is renowned for its strikingly black sand.

Nestled atop the rugged cliffs of Santorini, the village of Oia is renowned for its serene atmosphere and awe-inspiring sunsets. Its cobbled streets, blue-domed churches, and sun-drenched verandas provide a glimpse into the traditional Greek architecture and culture, while the quaint cafes, tourist shops, and Maritime Museum offer visitors a unique insight into the history of the area. You'll find the picturesque homes of Venetian sea captains as well as the more traditional "cave houses" of the villagers, while a set of 300 steps leads down to the small port of Ammoudi.

Firá, Santorini's picturesque capital, Imerovigli and Firostefani are other exquisite villages, perched atop the caldera, that are well worth the journey. Exploring the island is easy; you can rent a car or seize the opportunity to meander around the island on the back of a donkey.

Best time to visit: Santorini benefits from a long Mediterranean summer, with May - September offering the best of the warm weather.

Key Cruising areas: The island is a wonderful starting point for a charter through the Cyclades islands.The island of Ios is just a short cruise away and is a great destination for a visit. The coast of Santorinioffers a variety of different terrain and areas to explore.

Don’t miss: Explore the volcanic islets around Santorini, home to some truly extraordinary volcanic landscapes. Visit Nea Kameni, where you can hike up to the crater of an active volcano and continue to Palea Kameni where you can take a dip in the naturally-heated pools.

Best spots for wining & dining: With over 35 years of history, Selene has become a gastronomic and cultural landmark of Santorini.Taking influence from the imposing aesthetics of the monastery in which the restaurant is based, the colors of the island, the bounty of the Aegean Sea, and the rare local ingredients that thrive among the volcanic rocks, the menu is sure to impress. The wine list features some of the most sought-after wines from all around the world, with a special affinity for the wines of Santorini.

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Best Local Dish: Assyrtiko, a white Greek wine grape native to Santorini, is a perfect partner for strong, salty cheeses like feta and haloumi. Its bold yet balanced flavor pairs well with traditional Greek dishes such as taramosalata (fish roe dip) and ahinosalata (sea urchin dip)..

Local Culture: Akrotiri is one of the most revered prehistoric settlements of the Aegean, with the first signs of habitation estimated to have taken place in the Late Neolithic era, around the 4th millennium BC. This ancient city was covered in a blanket of volcanic ash in the late 17th century BC, resulting in its astonishingly well-preserved state today - often referred to as the 'Pompeii of the Aegean' - that can be appreciated by archaeologists and tourists alike..

Best Beach: Red Beach on the island of Santorini is a sight to behold. Its renowned red sand is a spectacular sight that can't be missed. Its a truly mesmerizing beach and one of the most interesting of the island..

IYC Recommends: Nestled in the picturesque village of Exo Gonia, locals and visitors alike flock to the Greek taverna “Metaxi Mas” for a taste of traditional Greek fare in a relaxed, hillside setting. Boasting a patio and stunning sea views, this restaurant is renowned as one of the best on the island. Come and savor the unique flavors of the local cuisine in this wonderful atmosphere.

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