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The scent of wine grapes and vineyards stretching lazily down Santorini's unrefined hills; the unique taste of tomatoes grown solely on volcanic soil and the soaring temperature of the island; the subtle sand or the smoothness of white pebbles and turquoise waters of some of Europe's most suggestive beaches; the upbeat sound of the buzzing nightlife; the spectacle of the sun setting behind the village of Oia and the caldera to finally plunge into the skyline. Santorini gratifies all 5 senses, treating the traveler to enchanting views and thousands of colours.
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Oia Village

Oia Village

The village of Oia is the island´s most iconic, and equally touristy, destination. Reflecting perfectly the idea of Santorini that dwells in everybody's mind, the settlement sits 150m above the sea level developing down the slope of the volcanic caldera. The postcard-like view of the village is characterized by its peculiar white and blue houses and cave houses dug on the caldera cliff, originally owned by fishermen. From here, the vantage location offers a sweeping view of the volcano as well as one of Santorini´s most suggestive sunset spots. Shops, museums and art galleries line up neatly down Oia's main road and its narrow crescents that can be easily explored on foot. The village is surrounded by vineyards, providing wine to the local restaurants and bars which are particularly renowned for their fresh seafood.
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Fira

Fira

Fira is the cultural and commercial center of Santorini, renowned throughout the island for its ample assortment of galleries, shops and restaurants. It is the place to be for the most comprehensive selection of shopping opportunities, featuring handicraft shops, wineries and traditional clothes shops. The most iconic museums of the island, such as the Archaeological Museum and the Museum of Prehistoric Thera, are located in the city, displaying stunning and well-preserved artifacts that date back to Ancient Greece. Fira is also the heart of Santorini's network of buses, that connects the capital with Oia, Kamari, Akrotiri and many other important sights of the island.
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Hiking Fira - Imerovigli - Oia

Hiking Fira - Imerovigli - Oia

The 9 km hiking trail that leads from Fira to Oia, running alongside the caldera cliff, is a must-do experience in Santorini. The trip takes approximately 4 hours, granting superb views and changing perspectives as the path unwinds. The walk starts at the port of Fira, from where you will need to head to Firostefani village and Imerovigli, which are located north of the city. You will pass by numerous churches and stunning architecture to finally end up in the iconic Oia Village. Here, you can choose to treat yourself to a seafood dinner and a glass of wine at one of the restaurants with a unique view over the caldera.
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Ancient Thera

Ancient Thera

Perched on the high rock formation Mesa Vouna, the ruins of Ancient Thera dominate Kamari and Perissa beach, dating back to the Hellenistic Era. The vantage location offers spectacular views of the island, and the cliff-top can be reached from Perissa on foot in approximately 4 hours. The historical site is characterized by a main street running through two agoras and the ruins of temples, houses and Roman baths, in a compact plethora of ancient buildings and valuable archaeological discoveries.
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Akrotiri Excavations

Akrotiri Excavations

Akrotiri is not as appealing as the other well-known Santorini villages. It is not perched on the caldera top nor is it located on the fashionable side of the island. The houses are not white-washed but tend to have a grayish shade, and the fuss is all about a bunch of family-run restaurants and hotels that, though they might seem from a long gone era, give away an insight into the original fishing and farmer settlement that Santorini once was. Akrotiri is the island's most important archaeological site, housing Minoan ruins dating to the 4th century BC that extend for 20 hectares. When the volcano abruptly erupted, the entire population was forced to flee from Akrotiri, which was swept away by the lava flow but which also preserved buildings and utensils.
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Venetian Castles

Venetian Castles

Venetian rule in Santorini extended from 1207 to 1580 and the last vestiges of this historical period live in the castles that dot the entire island. Five fortresses can be found throughout Santorini in Oia, Pyrgos, Emporio, Akrotiri and Skaros, which have been partly demolished by the earthquakes that shook the island in the 15th and 16th century. Skaros is probably the most important and well-preserved among the five castles, built on the peak of the namesake rock to protect the village from pirate attacks. The ruins of the once magnificent fortress can be reached on foot from Agios Georgios church in Imerovigli, connected to Skaros by a 0,5km walking trial and a long stairway.
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Pyrgos Kallistis

Pyrgos Kallistis

Pyrgos Kallistis is a medieval fortress settlement that maintains its original structure composed of cobbled streets that twist and turn down the hill where the village has developed, dominated by a Venetian Castle (Kasteli). Considered a monument in 1995, the village is one of the least spoiled by tourism, and featuring ancient buildings throughout its entire area, it is pervaded by an historical flair. With its 600 residents, Pyrgos keeps hold of the allure of an old Greek village that is starting to open up to the increasing flow of tourism. Tavernas, restaurants and traditional Greek cafes find their home along the village streets, blessed by a scent of grapes released by the vineyards that surround Pyrgos.
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Therasia (Thirasia)

Therasia (Thirasia)

Therasia is one of Santorini's islands formed by volcanic activity. Its white-washed houses and volcanic soil resemble its bigger sister, though it certainly differs in many other aspects. With its 300 residents, Therasia is what the old and unspoiled Santorini might have looked, maintaining the original allure of a fishing village. You can choose to book an organized boat trip that departs from any village, or opt for a cheaper solution and take the ferry that runs five times a week from Amundi to Korfos and Riva, Therasia's ports.
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