Santorini, Greece

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Santorini is one of the Cyclades islands in the Aegean Sea. It was devastated by a volcanic eruption in the 16th century B.C., forever shaping its rugged landscape. 

We took a ferry from Athens, which made stops at three other islands including Patmos seen here.

Approaching Santorini we saw the stunning view of Oia clinging to the cliffs above the volcanic caldera.

The main square of Theotokopoulou anchors the town of Fira, the capital of Santorini.

The iconic blue-domed churches are popular spots for weddings for people of all nationalities.

Oia and Fira are traditional villages with charming houses in narrow streets, blue domed churches, and sun-bathed verandas.

 

 Their narrow streets have plenty of tourist shops, art galleries, taverns,  and restaurants. Dining on a verandah to view the sunset over the caldera is an amazing experience.

Our accommodation was in Monolithos, a fishing village (pop. 450) on a black sand beach.

Monolithos is quite remote, but popular during tourist season for its sandy beach and warm shallow waters.

The Red Sands Beach is accessible by boat or strenuous hike.

Kamari is a popular destination, with rental cabanas, boutique hotels, cafes and shops lining the beach.

Santorini is a walker's delight, with scenic pathways and stairways. Donkeys are available to help with the steep climbs.

Akrotiri is a Minoan Bronze Age settlement destroyed in the Theran eruption and buried in volcanic ash, which preserved the remains of fine frescoes, artworks and everyday objects.

Perfectly preserved frescoes have been found at Akrotiri, including the captivating "Blue Monkeys," now on display at the Archeological Museum in Fira.

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This site was last updated 05/16/19