Santorini is one of the most cosmopolitan resorts in Greece; popular to most of the world. Located in the South Aegean Sea, Santorini combines a unique blend of characteristics that cannot be found anywhere else, such as the impressive Caldera, one the most popular sunsets in the world, the amazing island architecture, breathtaking natural beauty and dazzling views.
Santorini is the last of the Cyclades islands to the South. The closests islands are Ios, Folegandros, Sikinos to the North, Anafi and Amorgos to the East and Crete to the South.
We refer to it as one, but actually it is a complex of five islands. Santorini (Thira) is the main island and around it Thirasia and Aspronisi (parts of the ancient Stroggili) and the two volcanic islands Palea Kameni and Nea Kameni.
It was one island named Stroggili (circle in Greek) until about 1645 BC, when the volcano in the middle of the island erupted and Caldera was created. The two volcanic islands appeared much later from various eruptions starting from 157 BC until the last one in the 20th century (1950).
Many reasons made this island famous worldwide and more or less we all have seen a picture of it (it was that picture the travel agency used for Greece). There is a talk about the connection between Thira and mythical Atlantis. Also Jules Verne made Santorini famous with its books "Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea" and "The mysterious island" where captain Nemo and his crew watch the volcano eruption. He was one of the visitors and scientists that came to Thira during the eruptions of 1866 - 1870 and wrote the well known book just after it. It is realy the mysterious island, the volcano rules, the caldera view is the most breathtaking one on the planet!
If you are after the caldera view have a look at Fira, Oia, Imerovigli, Firostefani, Akrotiri.
For the best beaches check Perissa, Kamari, Perivolos, Vlihada and Red beach.
With its classic sky blue and white-washed exteriors it perfectly goes with the extraordinary nature and architecture of the island.
It can accommodate up to five people (one child at least) in its two bedrooms (twin and double) and it has a 25 sqrm private swimming pool, a patio, a landscaped garden and a playroom.
Its guests can enjoy all kinds of comforts: air conditioning, cd and mp3 reader with usb, LCD television in the livingroom, and TV in the other roooms, espresso and coffee maker, toaster, boiler in the kitchen, sun bed, sun umbrella and garden furniture.
It is within walking distance from the beautiful volcanic beach of Monolithos, close to Kamari and its tavernas and night life, and only ten minutes driving away from Thera, the main town.