If one were to think of places that can serve as the most potent symbols of Greek culture and heritage, Santorini is arguably on the same level as the Acropolis and the Parthenon.
This island, located in the Cyclades group of islands in the southern Aegean Sea, is one of the most visited sites in all of Greece. Together with the four other neighboring islets, Santorini is the remnant of an ancient volcano, which brought about one of the most powerful volcanic eruptions in recorded history some 3,600 years ago.
Today, the island is famous for its spectacular towns with whitewashed- and pastel-colored houses that spill down its terraced cliffs, the beautiful views of sunsets that these towns provide, and the magnificent beaches and luxury resorts on the island’s coastline. It is no wonder that in the distant past, Santorini was once called Kallístē or “the most beautiful one.” Nowadays, Greeks prefer to call the island by its indigenous name, Thēra or Thira.
Santorini holds a massive appeal to tourists across the world. Indeed, the island is visited by more than half a million people every year, but the plethora of attractions that it offers makes every minute of the hustle and bustle worth it.
When in Santorini, make sure to visit the Museum of Prehistoric Thira, which houses artifacts found in the Minoan ruins of Akrotiri. Additionally, don’t pass on the chance to taste the wines from any one of the island’s many vineyards. When it comes to sea excursions, the island offers an array of world-class destinations and amenities for scuba diving and snorkeling. Sun-worshippers, on the other hand, can lounge on any one of the island’s numerous beaches, including the White Beach, Red Beach, the black-pebbled Kamari Beach, and the Vlychada Beach, a nudists’ haven.
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