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Santorini is known best for the Sunset, the Caldera and the Volcano. Although the island has other Volcanic areas, the best known and the largest is Nea Kameni (New Burnt), visible from all sides of the Caldera.
NEA KAMENI – ACTIVE VOLCANO
Nea Kameni rose out of the sea in May of 1707. Indeed a grand sight, the villagers at the time watched with shock, amazement and awe as new land bubbled to the surface. The island continued to grow for several weeks until it subsided in September of the same year. More than 300 hundred years later, the Volcano is one of the most popular spots on the island to visit.
Summer is the Best Time of the Year in Santorini! Whatever you choose to do, it will be a magical experience. With so many choices, it’s hard to know what to do first. One thing is sure – it’s time to relax.
Greek Summers are warm and a favourite summer snack to cool down is Watermelon and Greek Feta Cheese. The combination of sweet, juicy and salty always hits the spot. If you don’t want a heavy lunch, this is the ideal alternative to keep you going through the day. And if you going to preserve this very Greek tradition when you go back home, don’t forget to chill the watermelon in the fridge.
Another favourite in Greece is of course (what else?) – Greek Ouzo. There is nothing quite like fresh fish, village salad and Ouzo at a little tavern by the sea.
Summer in Santorini is in full swing – the island is buzzing with life. Everyone is flocking to the beaches and what you need is a tall refreshing drink!
A favourite here in Greece is Greek Iced Coffee – A.K.A. Frappé.
Made very simply from any instant coffee, as much or as little sugar as you want (a medium sweetness is 1 to 1 1/2 teaspoons of sugar), evaporated milk and ice cold water, frappé is simple and fast to make.
Some people add ice cubes but we think that waters the beverage down. And of course you need a frappé whizzer – something that makes milkshakes.
Akrotiri is three-fold in beauty and interest – with staggering views, rainbow sunsets and steeped in history, this village in Santorini definitely a place to visit.
AKROTIRI ARCHAEOLOGICAL EXCAVATIONS
Akrotiri is one of the most important prehistoric settlements in the Aegean. The first habitation at the site dates from the Late Neolithic times (4th millennium BC).
Akrotiri Prehistoric Settlement was first discovered by Professor Spyridon Marinatos in 1967. After his death in 1974 the excavations continued under the direction of Professor Christos Doumas. In 2012 the digs re-opened to the public after extensive renovation to the roof and protective enclosure – the result is beautiful. A spectacular wooden ceiling, interspersed with beams and shafts of light, covers a maze of wooden walkways that weave and wind around the ancient Minoan city.
For more info call Akrotiri Excavations – Tel +30 22860 81366
Santorini is famous for its sunsets all over the world. Rainbow skies are not the exclusive privilege of the summer season. Winter in Santorini also surprises and delights local residents and chance visitors to the island.
Magnificent ribbons of colour streak across the sky, stretching from north to south as far as the eye can see. A favourite sunset watcher point is in Oia, in the Castle area. Oia is one of the most photographed places in Greece, if not the world. It has inspired artists, poets and every visitor who visits Santorini. Although Oia is best known for breathtaking sunsets; if truth be told, sunrise in Oia is also magical.
The International airport of Santorini is small yet at the same time, the largest airport of the South Aegean sea. Built in 1972, the buildings follow the lines of traditional Cycladic architecture. Since then, the increasing demands of growing traffic led to it’s modernization. There is a small Duty Free area and a canteen before the check-in area for snacks and beverages.
Pyrgos village is located in the southern part of the island, 7,5 km from Fira. A traditional village built on the slopes of Profiti Elias monastery, (the highest point in Santorini), Pyrgos is a typical Fortress Settlement of the Cyclades.