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The Greek island of Santorini is known throughout the world for its stunning beauty.

Created by a volcanic eruption about 1450BC, its dramatic landscape towers out of the sea in a semicircle around the ancient crater known as the caldera.



Santorini (or Thira) "the black pearl of the Aegean"

Santorini is the most extraordinary island in the Aegean Sea. One of the best-known of the Cyclades, differs from the other islands in the group thanks to its geological morphology, the result of action by a volcano now dormant. The beauty of Santorini must depend on light and line. It has rightly been called the black pearl of the Aegean Sea. A sunset in Santorini is among the most exciting experiences Aegean Sea can provide.

Best for art, archaeology, scenery and night life according to the Sunday Times Travel section.


Santorini has 13 villages. Fira also known as Thira is the capital of the island. It is situated 900 feet above sea level and may be reached from the port of Skala climbing the steep 566 broad steps or by renting donkeys. For those who prefer modern conveniences, a funicular lift is available. For sightseeing, one may visit the Folklore Museum in the Kontohori section of Thira. The museum is located in a traditional cave-home built in 1861 and includes a glimpse of the history of the island. Fira is also a good place for dining and entertainment.

The steep coastline of the west is countered by the vast beaches of the east side, some of them sandy and others pebbled. Among the best bathing beaches, a very popular tourist centre is Kamari on the south-eastern coast with its famous black volcanic sand. In Kamari one may visit "Koutsoyanopoulos Winery" for wine tasting. Santorini produces some of the finest Greek white wines. Another beautiful volcanic beach close to Kamari is Perissa.


The Wall Paintings of Thira

One thousand five hundred years before the destruction of Pompeii, a powerful eruption of the Santorini volcano destroyed the Bronze Age city of Akrotiri in the southest point of the island, burying under tons of volcanic ash the oldest examples of art in Europe. Discovered barely thirty years ago, the collection of the wall-paintings of Akrotiri is one of the most important discoveries in art history. Many of the originals are still not accessible to the public. The display of these reproductions is a unique opportunity to view for the first time the totality of Thira wall-paintings restored to date (reference: The Thira Foundation - Petros M. Nomikos).



On the other end of Santorini island, heading north, lies the unique traditional village of Oia (Ia), famous for its great sunsets, the tiny Byzantine churches and its minimalist architecture. One of the many restaurants to go in Oia is the "Bar-Restaurant 1800". A shipowner's house, built in 1800 with authentic decoration and creative Mediteranean cuisine. Cosy pubs and bars can also be found in this village, where one can taste the very good local wines. Oia village is quite sophisticated place and it ts considered perfect destination for romantic breaks.




  • In Santorini there are several sport clubs offering scuba-diving and snorkeling programmes combined with private vicking boat hiring.
  • Day coach excursions to the archeological site and museum at Akrotiri and traditional wineries.
  • Day cruises by traditional boat (kaiki) or modern powerfull motor yacht for round trips of Santorini and visits to volcano, hot springs and Thirassia islets.

Details on the above programmes can be obtained from Elena at OurWeb-UK upon request.


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