The island of Santorini

Unique, famous and seductive. Santorini today is one of the most celebrated tourist destinations in the world. The sunset, the volcano, the caldera, the architecture, the black beaches, the products and the history are just some of the elements that make Santorini a complete holiday destination. Let’s find out the things that makes Santorini a one-of-a-kind island!

The History

Starting from the prehistoric settlement of Akrotiri, you will see a city built around 1.600 BC that was covered with lava after the massive volcanic eruption that gave the island its new shape and its magnificent caldera. Akrotiri came to light after the excavations that started in the late 1960’s. Then, at the site of Ancient Thera at the top of the mountain called Mesa Vouno, you will admire the city built by Spartan settlers during the 8th century BC. Findings from Akrotiri are exhibited in the Museum of Prehistoric Thera and of Ancient Thera at the Archaeological Museum of Fira. Both museums are located at the capital of Santorini, Fira. Moving to the medieval era of Santorini when castle cities were developed on the island. Skaros rock in Imerovigli was a castle city, but if you want to see a well- preserved castle city then visit the villages of Emporeio and Pyrgos. In Akrotiri, you can also visit Goulas, the fortress at the top of the Kasteli, where music nights are organized throughout the summer months.  

The beaches

Uncommon colors, volcanic settings, crystal clear waters and beach life like no other. Among the most representative beaches of Santorini is the beach where Notos Therme & Spa Hotel is located, the beach of Vlychada. Also the neighboring beaches of Perivolos and Perissa with black sand, water sport facilities, restaurants and beach bars are ideal for exploring the volcanic coastal beauty of Santorini. The impressive Red beach is also a must, while the EU Blue Flag awarded beach of Kamari offers an impressive number of food and drink choices; whereas plenty of natural and unorganized beaches can be found around the island and especially on the north side of the island.

The villages

Santorini has many unique and scenic villages, all with their own corners waiting to be discovered. Let’s start from the capital of the island, Fira. A vibrant and lively spot on the island combining the caldera and volcano views with numerous restaurants, cafés and shops for all day activities. Most of the island's bars and clubs are also found here. Move north and towards the caldera to find the villages of Firostefani and Imerovigli with the amazing caldera views and also various choices for food and drink. At the very north part of the island lays the famous and picturesque village of Oia. Cave houses nestled on the rocks of the caldera, 18th century mansions, the famous sunset that can be seen from anywhere in the village, sophisticated restaurants and spots like Ammoudi or beaches like Baxedes are just some of the elements that unveil the beauty of Oia. As for the villages of the hinterland, visit Megalochori for the serene atmosphere, Emporeio for the castle city and Pyrgos for the alluring view and the mesmerizing aura.

The products

Due to the richness of the volcanic soil of Santorini grow products that you will find nowhere in the world. The grape varieties of Assyrtico, Athiri and Aidani create wines with such a strong character and distinctive flavors that will tantalize your palate and capture your heart. Enjoy the famous Vinsanto wine at the NoBlue Restaurant or the privacy of your balcony along with other red and white wines that you will find in our food and drink menus. Moreover, do not miss the cherry tomato, a variety that came from Egypt but gives a unique PDO product of Santorini with hard skin and full flavor. Also look for the local "chloro" cheese, the white eggplant, the capers and, last but not least, the fava which is one of the oldest products cultivated on Santorini’s soil.