Originally named ‘The Circular One’, half of Santorini sank into the sea due to a powerful volcanic eruption more than 3,000 years ago. Today the crescent-shaped island rise sharply out of the Aegean Sea like a jagged black diamond. On Santorini, you’ll find mythology and history beautifully complemented by the stunning natural sights of black volcanic beaches, clear waters and romantic villages.
Due to the dramatic collapse of the volcano, which today remains dormant, some argue that Santorini was the home of the fabled city of Atlantis. Visitors seeking to explore the ancient past of the island and the myths surrounding it, should start their day at the Akrotiri excavations, where several old ruins have revealed numerous invaluable finds, many of which are exhibited at the Archaeological Museum of Thera found further north on the island.
Throughout Santorini, you’ll find a wealth of various buildings and sites that all add to the history of the island. Visit the beautiful Venetian-styled Argyros Mansion, marvel at the amazing Orthodox Metropolitan Cathedral, which overlooks the caldera, and gaze out across the island and the sea from the solitary church of Ekklisia Profitis Ilias.
Another way to experience the island is by boarding one of the sail boats waiting in the old port of the island’s capital, Fira. Touring the caldera, you’ll be able to see the white-washed houses that crown the cliffs of the island, as well as take a refreshing dip in the sea. Some of the boats will serve lunch during the tour, while others will stop at seaside restaurants, where you can feast on amazing Greek food. If you’re still seeking water activities after disembarking from the boat, numerous beaches along the coastline await you. Relax on the black volcanic sand of Kamari Beach, or discover the red and white cliffs at the appropriately named Red- and White Beach. After soaking up the sun, or a swim in the sea, endeavour to test your skills at various water sports. Snorkelling, wind- and kitesurfing, among other activities are in plentiful supply, especially along the southern and eastern coast. Santorini is nature, antiquity, relaxation and fun all merged into one great destination, and after a day full of adventure, watch the sun set over the romantic backdrop of the village of Oia.
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