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From the unique energy of the volcano to the magnificent Cycladic architecture, the blue domes, the simple caves, the world-famous cuisine and the five-star hotels with the pools on the cliff, the trip to Santorini is an experience for all the senses.
It is no coincidence that Santorini is considered one of the top destinations in the world. The island, born of the eruptions of its volcano, thousands of years ago, has captured the imagination of every traveler who dreams of seeing the Caldera up close, diving into the black and red beaches, photographing the famous sunset and tasting dishes that close in. all the taste of the products of the Santorini land.
The single island was once called Strongyli, due to its circular shape. The current shape of Santorini, with the imposing rocks that rise around the caldera, is the result of a huge volcanic eruption – one of the largest ever known to mankind -, which occurred around 1600 BC. The eruption gave the island complex its current form, creating the impressive caldera that dominates the western part of Santorini. Going up to the caldera, the settlements that are built along it will attract you in their own unique way.
The acquaintance with Santorini starts from Fira, the capital of the island, which is built at the eyebrow of the caldera, 260 meters above the sea. The white houses hang on the steep cliff, enjoying unobstructed views of the volcano and the Aegean. In Fira you have several things to do and see: from the cobbled square of Theotokopoulou, Ypapantis Street with its jewelry stores, the catholic district with the Diocese of Ag. John the Baptist, the quieter Kato Fira to the important Museum of Prehistoric Thira with archaeological finds from the area of Akrotiri. Add to that the nightlife and gourmet restaurants. Firostefani is the continuation of the capital, at one and a half kilometers from the main road going north. It is worth walking from Firostefani to Imerovigli along the cliff to enjoy the view of the caldera. On the way to Imerovigli you will find the monastery of Agios Nikolaos, built in 1651 by the Gyzi family.
Your next stop is Fira, the country of Santorini, which you will reach either by car or by cable car. If you are a more traditional type you can choose the tourist donkeys. Fira is a masterpiece of architectural perfection, combined with a wonderful view of the Caldera. Here, you will see the orthodox and catholic metropolis, the Venetian building Gizi that houses the spiritual center of Thira, the famous church of Agios Minas, the Dominican Convent, the Archaeological Museum, the Museum of Prehistoric Thera with the unique exhibition of masterpieces of prehistoric art of the Aegean etc. As for modern life, it is gathered here with very good choices for your food and entertainment!
Pyrgos: a village – work of art
Apart from the above basic stops of the island, it is really worth seeing the medieval village of Pyrgos, Kontochori, Vothonas, Messaria, Megalochori as well as the famous beaches, with unique Perissa, Perivolos, Kokkini, Columbus and Vlychada.
Pyrgos in particular, is the best preserved settlement on the island and is only 7.5 km from Fira. It is built on the slope of Profitis Ilias and will excite you with its simple Cycladic architecture and its unique aesthetics. You will wander in alleys, where each building is a new surprise, and you will admire the careful and highly aesthetic architectural infrastructure of the village. In recent years, in fact, Pyrgos has become an ideal base for your holidays since its distance from the central Fira is very short, but also the businesses that have been developed here are remarkable and meticulous.
Close your eyes and enjoy an escape full of energy, different from the others. “Dive” in the beauties of a place, magical. Enjoy an experience out of the ordinary and just accept it. And keep in mind that leaving this island, nothing will be the same.
Imerovigli stands out for its privileged position at the highest point of the caldera. The “breathtaking view” here is no exaggeration. The settlement has been characterized as protected and exudes an authentic Cycladic aura. Opposite Imerovigli rises the steep rock of Skaros. The medieval capital of Santorini was located there. The castle of Skaros was built at the end of the Byzantine period by the Venetians and was one of the five castles of the island. In front of Skaros, is the church of Theoskepasti, built on the edge of the rock, one of the most idyllic locations of Santorini for an afternoon walk.