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Travel Guide: Santorini

30th Jul 2015 12:00am | By Editor

Santorini is the postcard model for Greece.

Highlights

From the blue Aegean sea to the ancient city of Akrotiri - Santorini...

Itineraries

Take a week in Santorini...

Getting Around

Santorini is wonderfully accessible by sea or air....

Food & Drink

Be prepared - compared to most of the other Greek Islands, Santorini...

Those whitewashed houses with blue roofs to complement the Aegean expanses beyond, the dazzling sunlight and dramatically plummeting precipices – you will find them in Santorini, my friend.

The 18km-long isle is somewhat of a geological phenomenon. The Santorini ‘caldera’ or cauldron is a volcanic basin, formed from an eruption 3,500 years ago. This makes for a spectacular landscape and it’s tempting to do nothing but soak it all up with swim in the warm sea and a stretch on the dark sand by day and dinner and drinks in Fira (aka Thera or Thira) with spectacular views by night. But history buffs would do well to explore the Byzantine Empire monuments, basilicas, monasteries and ancient settlements. In the south, the once-buried Minoan city of Akrotiri, dubbed a Bronze Age Pompeii, has emerged from its heavy coat of volcanic ash and stone and is Greece’s best-preserved prehistoric city dating back to 1600BC. 

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