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Description of Santorini
Santorini is one of the most famous Greek islands worldwide and it has any right to be! The volcanic island of Santorini or Thira as it is called officially deserves all the superlatives. Some of the best hotels are located in Santorini facing the unique caldera, whereas the restaurants serve dishes of the delicious local cuisine and exceptional wine. It is the island with the most surreal and dramatic landscapes in Cyclades and has, along with Mykonos Island, a leading role in tourism, providing high quality of services and facilities. Santorini causes so many different feelings but only one could sum up all of them: awe.
Geography of Santorini
Santorini is actually a group of volcanic islands that span in total an area of 90,62 sq. km. with a total population of 13.670 residents. The islets that can be seen in the centre of the caldera are not inhabited and in fact the black islets of Palia Kammeni and Nea Kammeni are undersea volcanoes that breached the sea surface. The island of Therassia is inhabited and the islands closer to Santorini are Anafi on the east, Ios on the north, Sikinos and Folegandros on the northwest.
History of Santorini
Santorini is the relics of a massive volcanic explosion in the 16th century AD. The
‘Thera Eruption’ as scientists refer to, is the reason of the extinction of the Minoan
Civilization that has spread in the Aegean. The astonishingly well-
Sightseeing on Santorini
The island of Santorini is a sight itself. The unique landscape formed of the volcanic
eruption is stunning and famous for the colours during the sunset. Walking around
the traditional village of Ia and watching the famous sunset is a must for every
visitor. You can also visit the islet of Palia Kammeni and walk on the volcano’s
heart or swim in the extraordinary beaches of black or red sand. The very interesting
archaeological site of Akrotiri is closed to public because of the collapse of the
canopy covering the site and a new one is currently being built. You can visit instead
the small but really interesting Archaeological Museum in Fira with important recent
findings of the pre-
Local Products of Santorini
Because of the unique desert climate of the island and the rich volcanic soil, the
arid land of Santorini has many vineyards still cultivated in the traditional local
way. The wine produced in Santorini is of exceptional quality and intriguing taste.
The famous Vinsanto is made of sun-