Santorini is famous for its fantastic sunsets. The villages Thira and Oia are well known places where you can enjoy them. Away from these classic viewpoints, however, the area also offers quieter places to watch the sun slowly sink into the shimmering sea and disappear into the horizon. One such spot is Skaros Rock in Imerovigli. At the chapel above Skaros Rock you can probably enjoy one of the most beautiful sunsets. Besides that, the sunset in Akrotiri is another highlight. The coast of the Red Beach offers a wonderful view of the caldera. It is a good idea to stop at a traditional taverna on site and enjoy the sunset with a delicious dinner and a glass of wine.
Favorite of the Cyclades
The Greek island of Santorini is one of the most spectacular islands in Europe with volcanic origin. 3600 years ago, the Minoan eruption gave it its present shape and form - the impressive caldera was created.
On Santorini you will find a multitude of small, picturesque villages with winding, narrow streets. The capital Thira with its characteristic white houses and blue roofs represents the Cyclades completely. At the northern tip of the Cyclades island rises the picturesque little town of Oia with the port of Ammoudi below, which nestles against the Aegean Sea. Among the most famous buildings in the town are the white church of Panagia Platsani, which has a striking blue dome and a bell tower, and two windmills to the west. Pyrgos - the oldest village on the island - enchants with winding alleys where you can discover small souvenir shops, traditional kafenion and taverns and other cosy places.
"Black" and "red" beaches
Southeast of Thira you will find the kilometre-long pebble beach Kamari. It is located directly below the impressive, large rocky cape Messa Vouno. Directly on the beach is the village of the same name Kamari with its many taverns and small, local restaurants serving delicacies.
Perivoli Beach is also one of the longest, finest sandy beaches on the island of Santorini, stretching from Perissa in the north to Vlichada. At Perivoli Beach, the three beach sections Perissa, Perivolo and Agios Georgios merge into each other, which means that even in peak periods, a large number of sun-seekers are relatively well distributed, even in the high season. Apart from some culinary stops, the water sports on offer locally range from water skiing to windsurfing and diving.
Another beach is Kokkini Ammos, also called "red beach" and as the name suggests, this beach is dominated by the colour red due to the red lava cliffs that rise to 200 metres in the background. Due to its particular beauty, this beach attracts many visitors. Another highlight of the red beach are the many natural stone caves, which in the 1968's served as a retreat for the hippies. Today you can enjoy the great view of the turquoise-blue iridescent sea in a café or restaurant.
Rugged steep slopes & volcanically fertile soil
As already indicated, the sickle-shaped shape of Santorini was created by several volcanic eruptions. Together with the islands Aspronisi and Thirasia, Santorini forms the caldera (volcanic crater). Santorini is one of the most extraordinary islands in the world because of the up to 300 meter high crater walls, in which the different layers of rock show a wonderful formation.
The Greek island Santorini still stands for wine cultivation, because the particularly fertile soil produces a white wine of the highest Greek quality level. The porous volcanic rock stores the dew created by the special location of the island, which means that despite the low rainfall during the entire growing season, no additional irrigation is necessary. This gives the local grape varieties their very special aroma and unique bouquet.
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