Santorini is really a very unique island with its own character and style. The various towns are built on the top of a cliff or even on the cliff itself. This is one of the unique features of the island that you won't be seeing anywhere else.
One thing you should know is that unlike many other islands, on Santorini most of the things worth visiting are sort of spread out. Nothing seems to be within walking distance, unless you want to see specific things that happen to be within one town. Of course you could make use of the buses on the island, or a taxi, but my best choice would be a nice little scooter that will give you the freedom to go anywhere at any time.
Below there is a list of some things and places that we feel you should try or see. Enjoy.....
Caldera / Cliff / Volcano
This is the "trademark" of Santorini, if you will. It is a LIVE volcano (if you go there you will be able to see the various gasses and smoke coming out from the ground). The view from the top of the cliff on Santorini is just amazing. This is a must see...
Thirassia is a small island and remnant of the ancient “Strogili” island opposite the island of Thira (which most people call Santorini). It is a quiet place with a lot of sea food restaurants and you can go there with one of the small local boats (usually as part of a tour).
Cable Car / Steps to the Old Port
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This is another of the trademarks of Santorini as an island. The Cable Car starts from the town of Fira and takes you down to the old port of Santorini, which is where most island boat-tours start from. Another way to down there (or back up to the town of Fira) is to take the steps...either on foot or by donkey.
The submarine is a relatively recent asset of the island. There underwater tours with it, starting from the village of Vlychada, that take you around the volcano and the deep waters of the island. There are buses going there from Fira. It is certainly something you won't have the opportunity to see very often.
Hot Springs - Sulfur beach
Just by the volcano there is the so-called 'Hot Springs' which is basically a part of the beach full of sulfur (aka sulphur) in the water. The water there is very warm and muddy, and this is all due to the volcano. Do not be afraid. It is not dangerous. In fact it is said that the water there is very good for your skin.
Santorini is well known for its good wines. The volcanic ground of Santorini is ideal for grapes and is major enabler for the wonderful wines on the island. "Vinsanto", one of the most popular wines of the island, is said to be one of the best Greek wines. It is naturally sweet and is made out of grapes that are left in the sun for about two weeks. There is a fair number of wineries on the island, each one making a unique flavour of Vinsanto and other kinds of wine.
Skaros is a rocky hill, located at the village of Imerovigli. It was used in the 12th century as a fortress for Santorini, which at the time was made the capital of the island.
Santorini has many different villages with the majority of them either located by the sea or built on the cliff. It is strongly suggested that you visit most of them, if not all of them. Each one has its own style and something different to offer.
Museums: Arheological, Maritime, etc most of them located at Fira.
Santorini has a lot of very old churches, some of which are thousands years old. If you are into this sort of thing, there is a lot for you to see on the island.
Beaches: (see the Photo Gallery section for more pictures)
There are many wonderful beaches on Santorini. Everywhere around the island you will find great spots for swimming, relaxing, sports or anything else you can imagine. It's plainly...wonderful! Just explore....
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