The island of Santorini, or Thira, in Greek, is one of the magical spots of the Aegean that capture the senses with its celebrated landscape, light, and atmosphere.
Perfect whitewashed landscapes contrast with black earth scenarios and chic shops, bars and hotels.
Here are some of the most popular activities for the Santorini visitor:
Visit the Medieval Capital
The imposing Rock of Skaros stands 330 m above sea level and is a living memory of what used to be one of the castles of the islands. The castle that once stood in the area was the Medieval capital of Santorini. Within the remains of the Venetian castle, there were houses, temples and the former residences of the nobility. From the top of the rock, the panorama of the caldera is breathtaking.
Explore the Volcano of Nea Kameni
The landscape of Nea Kameni is made of harsh black rocks and fumes coming from the edge of the crater on Nea Kameni. This small island is located at the center of the caldera and allows one to observe all of the surrounding area of the island as well as to have an idea of how the myth of the ancient city of Atlantis came to exist.
Hike Through the Villages
The villages of the caldera offer a panorama of cave-like houses as well as of the deep blue of the Aegean. A hike departing from Fira takes visitors to reach the nearby villages of Firostefani and Imerovigli and even the longer path to Oia. A road to enjoy in the early hours of the morning or just before the sunset, in order to avoid the hottest hours of the day.
Taste the Local Gastronomy
Unique ingredients nurtured by the rich mineral soil give birth to incredible products only found in this corner of Greece. Santorini’s famous tomatoes, split peas, eggplant, capers and grapes produce dishes that are rare to find elsewhere. Traditional recipes, local tastes, and modern gastronomy have given Santorini one of the top culinary regions in the country.