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31 Jul

Take a trip to Santorini

santoriniSantorini is actually formed from a group of islands that are a 3½ hour flight from the UK.  The group consists of Thera, Thirasia, Aspronisi, Palea and Nea Kameni (Volcanic).  This beautiful spot is located in the most southern part of the Cyclades in the Aegean Sea, 63 nautical miles north of Crete.

Some airlines (including Easyjet) fly direct from the UK but flights mainly arrive at Athens international airport with a transfer to Santorini being approximately 40 minutes.

Santorini is famous for its whitewashed Greek villages which overlook turquoise seas.  It is home to many beautiful boutique hotels, and some of the world’s most stunning sunset views.

There is no doubt that Santorini is chic and if you read any web based travel reviews you will see that visitors return year after year. It really is picture postcard pretty with bright white churches which overlook the sea.

Santorini was created in 1600 BC by the same volcanic explosion that blew apart Crete and half of the island.  The volcano wiped out Europe’s first civilisation, the Minoans and makes fascinating reading. You can actually see the white villages which are packed above the 260 metre volcano walls. Some people even claim that this is the lost island of Atlantis.

Easyjet notes about Greece’s fantastic year-round weather, and the hospitality of its people, but did you also know that it also has one of Europe’s best cuisines with fresh fish, grilled chicken, stewed lamb and salads – literally something for every palate.  Greek desserts are amazing with beautiful pastries and fresh fruits.  Santorini actually combines some of Europe’s best beaches, most beautiful countryside, great food and some of Europe’s oldest historical sights.

THINGS TO DO AND SEE

The traditional village of Emporio has streets of white-washed houses and clusters of ancient windmills.   Here you will find Palia Panagia, one of the oldest churches on the island.  The local sun-dried tomatoes are a delicacy.

Take a trip to the archeological site of Ancient Thira.  This is situated on a mountain above the resort of Kamari.  The architecture of the town is called Doric and houses  both squares and a small theatre.

For walkers you can explore the island Pyrgos and go to the village of Vothonas. You should start off early to avoid the afternoon heat and take the valley footpath.   You can see some fabulous examples of cave dwellings, churches and fascinating pumice rock formations.

For swimmers you can take a dip in the natural hot baths in Santorini’s bay.   At the Kameni islets you can then swim in the waters reached by walking across the rocky volcanic outcrops.

Thera is worth a visit and is 73 sq. km.  Its population is just over 15,000 people.  It consists of thirteen villages.

 

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