Introducing Santorini (Thira)
Santorini (Σαντορίνη (Θήρα)) rocks in more ways than one. Few will be unmoved by the scale of the island’s 16 or so kilometres of multicoloured cliffs, which soar up over 300m from a sea-drowned caldera, the vast crater left by one of the biggest volcanic eruptions in history. Lesser islands curl around the fragmented western edge of the caldera, but it is the main island of Thira that will take your breath away with its snow drift of white Cycladic houses lining the cliff tops and, in places, spilling like icy cornices down the terraced rock.
Thira is geared to a conspicuous tourism that is underpinned by enthralling archaeology, fine dining, major wineries, front-row sunsets and a vibrant nightlife. There are even multicoloured beaches of volcanic sand. You’ll share the experience for most of the year with crowds of fellow holidaymakers and day visitors from huge cruise ships, but the island somehow manages to cope with it all.
Best places to stay in Santorini (Thira)
The world's greatest bookshops
Bookshops are a traveller's best friend: they provide convenient shelter and diversion in bad weather, they're a reliable source of maps, notebooks, and travel guides, they often host readings and other cultural events, and if you raced through your lone paperback on the first leg of your trip, the bookshop is the place to go f.
Santorini (Thira) destination guides
A guide to the eateries of Greece
Where to eat and drink in Greece? Perhaps the question should be 'where not?' Greeks live to eat and drink. They dream about it and talk about it in bed when others are addressing other appetites.
Sailing Greece - Santorini to Santorini
A yacht adventure is the ideal way to experience what many consider the world’s most beautiful islands—the Greek Islands. Sail aboard our 15m (50-ft.) yachts, with time for hiking, snorkelling and relaxing.
4-Day Santorini Tour from Athens
Santorini, also known as the 'Black Pearl of the Aegean' is by far the most spectacular of the Greek Islands. Around 1500 BC a volcanic eruption caused the central part of the island to sink into the sea, leaving a crescent shaped rim of cliffs around the harbor formed in the volcano's Caldera.
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