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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.
Megalochori village is located 9 km southwest of Fira. The architecture makes it one of the most picturesque villages, combining traditional Cycladic architecture with the elegance of the neoclassical houses. Megalochori is in the heart of Santorini wine country, with many of the largest wine production plants in Greece, such as Boutaris and Gavalas with their beautiful vineyards.
Imerovigli is situated 3 km north of Fira, built at the highest point of the Caldera, at an altitude of 500 m. The excellent view of the Caldera and the volcano fully justifies it being known as the “Balcony of Santorini”.
Oia is a traditional settlement in the north of Santorini. It is also known as ‘Apano Meria’ or ‘Anomeria’ and the inhabitants are called ‘Apanomerites’. The village is approximately 150 meters above sea level. At the edge of the Caldera cliffs, Oia has a panoramic view across the caldera towards the volcano, Thirassia, and almost the entire island.