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Santorini (officially Thira) is a volcanic island in the Greek Cyclades group in the southern Aegean Sea, some 200 kilometers southeast of mainland Greece. It is situated between the islands of Ios and Anafi. Thira is basically what remained after a massive volcanic eruption devastated the early civilizations on a once unified island and formed the present geological caldera. It is known for its spectacular vistas, magnificent sunsets from Oia town, the odd white aubergine (eggplant), the town of Thira, an active volcano, and its lovely beaches (for example, Perissa—possibly the greatest beach in Thira, Kamari’s black pebble beach, white beach, and red beach).

Tourism in Santorini

Thira is another name for Santorini. Santorini is also the name given to the group of islands that surrounded Thira before a big volcanic catastrophe in about 1500 B.C.E.

The little island is home to a diverse range of scenery and communities. Visit the little community of Mesa Gonia, which has a mix of ruins from the 1956 earthquake and rebuilt homes, as well as a winery at the settlement’s foot. Pyrgos is another noteworthy inland hamlet with splendid ancient buildings, the remnants of a Venetian fortress, and many Byzantine churches.

There is no natural supply of fresh water on the island. Prior to the early 1990s, water had to be transported to the island by tanker from Crete. Most hotels and households, however, now have access to water supplied by a local desalination facility. While this water is drinkable, it is still somewhat salty, therefore most visitors to Santorini use bottled water.

Fira, the fiery capital, is a fusion of Venetian and Cycladic architecture, with white cobblestone streets bustling with stores, tavernas, hotels, and cafés while clinging to the rim of the caldera nine hundred feet above its harbor. If you arrive by water, you may take a cable car up from the dock or ride one of the hundreds of mules up the 588 zigzagging stairs. You may also try walking up the stairs, but be warned: they are twisting, tight in places with just low walls, covered with donkey dung, and the donkeys will not try to avoid you.

A twenty-minute walk down a trail will get you to Imerovigli, where you can take in the wonderful views of the island’s distinctive beauty from the little settlement.

The uniquely Santorinian town of Ia, sometimes written Oia, sits just above Fira at the highest point of the island, with its whitewashed walls dug into the volcanic rock and its blue domes soaring above the dazzling splendor of the magnificent, reddish Ammoudi Bay. At nightfall, the town draws large numbers of people who have come to view the sunset. Santorini’s sunsets, as seen from Oia, are said to be among the most magnificent in the world.

Many Greek musicians have selected Santorini as the backdrop for their films because of the island’s remarkable and one-of-a-kind natural beauty. Santorini has been featured in Greek and Brazilian television shows, as well as a few Hollywood films (e.g. Tomb Raider II). Santorini is a popular destination for Greek and worldwide celebrities.

Climate of Santorini

The season begins on April 1st, or around the time of Greek Easter. The months of December through March are considered off-season, with lower temperatures, rain, and winds. Although the weather on this lovely island is seldom chilly, the bad weather makes for a less than ideal experience. The majority of companies, including hotels and guest homes, may shut. April–June and September–October are ideal months to come for better weather, lower pricing, and less people.

Economy of Santorini

Tourism is the mainstay of Santorini’s economy. Agriculture and tourism are the two primary sources of prosperity in Santorini. Santorini has been named one of the world’s most beautiful islands.

Santorini still has a modest but thriving wine industry based on the indigenous Assyrtiko grape variety. Athiri and Aidani are two white kinds, while mavrotragano and mandilaria are two red variations.

Internet, Comunication in Santorini

In Santorini, there are a few local radio stations, mostly in Greek. When in Santorini, listen to Volcano Radio at 106.4 MHz and Top Melody Fm Radio at 104.9 MHz on your radio.

Internet cafés may be found in Kamari, Perissa, Thira (wireless connection is also accessible), and Oia.



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