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Santorini Tourism

Santorini Is one of the most spectacular islands in Greece. It is a part of the Cyclades islands and sits in the Aegean Sea, halfway between Athens and Crete. The crescent-shaped island is famous for its iconic white houses, blue dome churches and windmills. It is the most photographed island in the world. The highlights of Santorini are its hikes, beaches, sunset views, hot springs and clifftop wineries.

Earlier known as Thira, Santorini comprises five main villages - Fira, Oia, Imerovigli, Firostefani, and Akrotiri. These villages sit on the top of the caldera clifftops and offer stunning views of the caldera and the volcano. Oia is the main town and the most visited because it has the famous blue dome churches and the best sunset views. It also has many boutique stores and charming cafes. Fira is the capital of Santorini and is famous for its churches and cafes. Akrotiri is an important archaeological site showcasing the town's prehistoric settlement.

The best things to do in Santorini are hiking the caldera, wine tours, luxury sunset cruises of the caldera, swimming in the hot springs, and visiting the charming villages of Pyrgos and Emporio. The beaches of Santorini are made up of volcanic rocks and pebbles, unlike the white sandy beaches of other islands in Greece. However, the red and black sand beaches are still picturesque and peaceful. Santorini is one of the most sought-after places for a romantic honeymoon in Greece, and rightly so.

The moon shape of Santorini is because of the severe volcanic eruption in 1650 BC that formed the island. This eruption created a caldera (a large volcanic crater). While most of the caldera is filled with water today, a small semicircle part of it is left above the ground and is one of the most stunning parts of the island. Nea and Palea Kameni are the active volcanos still found in Santorini.

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Must Know Before You Visit Santorini

  • Santorini is very small and getting from North to South takes just 45 minutes. Getting around is very convenient on buses. There are a limited number of taxis, and Uber or Lyft is not available.
  • Stay on the west side of Santorini (Fira, Oia, Imerovigli, or Firostefani) for an incredible view of the volcano, sea and sunset.
  • If travelling to Santorini from Mykonos or Athens, the ferry is a convenient and easy option. The ferry terminal at Santorini is the ‘new port’ or ‘Thira port’. Don't confuse this with Skala (the old port) which is used for cruise ships.

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History of Santorini

Santorini is believed to be continuously inhabited since around 3600 BC with excavations providing proof of Minoan civilization settlement. The island, earlier known as Stongili was a victim of a volcanic eruption in 1500 BC which is said to be the main cause of the destruction of Minoan civilization. In some ancient stories, the legend of Atlantis is related to the destruction of the island. According to history, Phoenicians settled on ancient Thera followed by Lacedaemonian. In the 7th and 6th centuries BC, Thera (old name for Santorini) had commercial and trade relations with other parts of Greece. During 20th century, Santorini's economy declined and the people abandoned the island after the earthquake in 1956. The tourism in Santorini began in the 70s and today it is one of the best tourist destinations in the world. Over the years, Santorini became a popular wedding and honeymoon destination, while many international meetings and conferences take place there in summer.

Language of Santorini

The language used in Santorini is Greek but it has some differences with the one spoken in mainland Greece. However, people in cities and tourist places do not have the problem in understanding English. Since many Europeans visit the place, people also understand other European languages.

Exchanging Money in Santorini

There are plenty of banks on the island and currency exchange is not a problem. You can also change money in the post office. In smaller places, you can change the currency in tourist shops. There are plenty of ATMs where you can draw Euros with your bank card, visa, and master card. Credit cards are accepted all over the island with a 5% commission to the shop.

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What is the local food in Santorini?

The cuisine in Santorini include: the white aubergine (eggplant); fava caper ; a variety of tomato keftedes, with whole slices of tomatoes fried in batter; dolmades, stuffed vine leaves. Another must-try is fresh fish grilled in tavernas. Don't miss the traditional fried tomato balls of tomato keftedes and be sure to ask for local tomatoes in your salad. They may be the best tasting you have ever had. Santorini is particularly well known for its cherry tomatoes which are very sweet. The cherry tomatoes are usually sundried or sometimes made into sweet tomato marmalade.
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What is the best way to reach Santorini?

There are plenty of flight options available from all over the Europe if you want to get into Santorini. Ferries are also available from Greece port. The flight time from Athens is about 30 minutes.
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How much does a package cost for Santorini?

The packages for Santorini start at INR 58485 which can be further customized based on number of people, days, hotel category, vehicle type and customizations. You can have a look at all packages here

What are the top hotels in Santorini?

There are 2217 in Santorini which can be booked through Holidify. The most popular hotels in Santorini are Villa Panorama, Casa Turiello, Locazione turistica La Torre, Villa Ieisha, Appartamento Mare A, Villa Eden. You can see all the hotels in Santorini here

What are the things to do in Santorini?

The top things to do in Santorini are Fira, Oia, Akrotiri, Perissa, The Volcano, Winery. You can see all the places to visit in Santorini here

What are the places near Santorini?

The top places near to Santorini are Pompeii which is 16 km from Santorini, Naples which is located 26 km from Santorini, Athens which is located 856 km from Santorini, Mykonos which is located 1009 km from Santorini, Rome which is located 211 km from Santorini

What is the best time to visit Santorini?

June to September is the best time to visit Santorini. These months are the peak season which offers the best opportunity to explore activities surrounding the beaches Santorini boasts of, and are therefore ideal for holidays. April, May, October and November is the best time to save money when transportation, food and stay are cheap. This time is also excellent for sightseeing as the weather is pleasant with little rainfall. However, even otherwise, the island is a pleasant vacation destination around the year. The Weather in Santorini ranges from moderately arid to delightful. The summer months are comparatively windier than the other seasons.
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Dhawal Pagay

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The blue domes and picturesque sunsets of Santorini are a regular feature across the spread of top travel magazines, but actually witnessing the labyrinths of narrow cobbled streets bustling with tou (Read More)rists, the typical arches and, the whitewashed buildings is a sight that cannot be justified by mere words.
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