The Best Things To Do In Santorini

29 Apr 2014
The beautiful Greek island of Santorini is one that has been drawing visitors for centuries, and while it does draw big crowds from the cruise ship market, there are also some amazingly quiet and peaceful places on the island. One of the most distinctive features of the island is that it has some impressive volcanic landscapes, and the island as it can be seen today is under four thousand years old, and is believed to have been created by a volcanic eruption around 1630BC. With plenty to see and do, Santorini has a lot to offer the visitor.

Enjoy A Sunset In The Town Of Oia

One of the most famous destinations on the island of Santorini is Oia, which is well known for the remarkable sunsets, which draws visitors from across the island and beyond. There are some wonderful restaurants with beautiful terraces from which to enjoy the sunset, although the western facing tables are likely to be particularly popular because of the view. While sunsets are good from across the island, Oia has the best view in terms of seeing the sun go down over the ocean, although the beautiful town is worth dedicating a few hours of the afternoon and evening to explore before sunset.
 
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See The View From The Pyrgos Monastery

The highest point on the island is reached by a two mile hike from the town of Pyrgos over some rocky terrain, but for those who have the dedication to hike to the top, there are some spectacular views to enjoy over all sides of the island. The Pyrgos monastery is located at the top of the mountain, and while it is often closed, those fortunate enough to explore the historic monastery will find some attractive sights inside. This is not suitable for those with mobility problems due to the path itself, but offer some spectacular views that most visitors to the island will not get to see.

Explore The Ruins Of Akrotiri

This historic site was discovered in the 1960s and is the site of a Minoan city which was devastated by a volcanic eruption, and buried in volcanic ash. There is a museum on the site which shows off some of the remarkable pottery and other artefacts recovered from the site, while there were also several impressive frescoes discovered among the ruins. There are also several historians who believe that this ancient city was an inspiration for the tale of Atlantis which is a fictional island that was written about by Plato.

Relax On The Red Beach

The Red Beach is another of the remarkable sites on Santorini, and owes its distinctive colour to the iron rich rocks that rise above the beach to form a distinctive cliff face. The beach itself is a mix of sand and gravel, and particularly at the height of the season the beach can become quite busy. There are some pleasant tavernas that have been built into some of the caves at the foot of the cliffs, and it also enjoys a wealth of wildlife in the water which makes it a great area for snorkelling.
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Image and text courtesy Michael Hodson @ goseewrite.com

Flights to Santorini

Although commonly known as Santorini, the Airport name is Thira, British Airways, Easyjet and Norwegian all fly to Thira direct from London, there are also many options via Athens