Santorini, or Thira, is the top destination in Greece  and among the most romantic destinations in the Greek  islands and also in the world. Located in the Aegean Sea, in the Cyclades islands, Santorini island was the site of one of the largest volcanic eruptions in the world and what remains today is a submerged volcano and a caldera. Amazing villages has been constructed on the edge of this caldera, with Cycladic architecture and breathtaking view to the sea. Apart from the fabulous caldera villages, Santorini Greece is also famous for the romantic sunset, the volcano and the luxurious resorts. Santorini (or Thera) lies
at the southernmost point of the Cyclades and is essentially a group of islands consists of the islands of Thira, Thirasia (or Thirassia), the Aspronissi,  Palea and Nea Kameni. The cluster of Santorini islands is up to date with ios, Methana and Nisyros volcano and probably the only volcano in the world whose crater is in the water. The island is so complex created precisely because of this intense volcanic activity and we would say that actually emerged from the bowels of the earth! Twelve huge explosions, one every 20,000 years, helped create draft (caldera), destroying most of the volcano, which insists however be built again and again. The island, which stretches                                                                                                     circumferentialy  around a huge lagoon complex of Cycladic islands, offers spectacular views of the cities that are built high in the mountains, fine dining, wonderful galleries, nightlife and fine wines.
Seeking romance at island Santorini is considered the prime romantic destination in Greece. There was often also one whitewashed magnificent cities built on  the  edge, with picturesque villages, cobbled alleys and impressive churches bathed in love couples flock each year to the volcanic island looking to enjoy embraced in a balcony of the Caldera famous in all sunset Santorini. Indeed, in recent years the island has established itself as a destination that couples choose to hold their wedding ceremony or honeymoon.
A small tour to the villages The island's capital Fira. Built on the Caldera, 260 m. Above sea level, with wonderful views of the blue waters of the Aegean and the island of Nea Kameni, seem to be a breath from heaven ... Fira with Firostefani, Imerovigli and Oia spread out along the Caldera enchant the visitor, each with its own distinctive way. Note here that the settlement of Oia is the first in Greece that was preserved. No accident it resembles artwork carved in rocks created by volcanic lava..Other less famous but equally beautiful villages to visit is Akrotiri and Mesa Mountain with the famous archaeological sites, the Tower, the Carter, Emporio, Amoudi, Foinikia, Perissa, Perivolos, Megalochori , Kamari, Messaria and the Monolith. Some are more cosmopolitan, a quieter, more surrounded by vast vineyards, to dominate other high castles with breathtaking views of the ocean all have a special personality that will inspire you.
The products of pumice White eggplant, tomatoes, beans, capers and chloro cheese: all delicious ingredients delicious local dishes that will be duly appreciated by lovers of good food! The island is also considered one of the most organized touristic win destinations in the country. The volcanic soil of the island favor the vinification of wines with a distinctive personality and aroma.Try main varieties like Assyrtiko, Athiri, Aidani, the Mantilaria and Mavrotragano, in one of the numerous wineries of the island (many even function as museums) or in a restaurant by candlelight ...
Discover volcanic beaches Beautiful beaches that could only be harmonized with the particular volcanic character. Dip beaches with black, red and white sand or colorful pebbles and carved from the saltiness and wind rocks. A unique scenery you will not see anywhere else in Greece . It is certain that the intoxicating atmosphere where the Aegean Sea meets the reddish rocks and the white of the houses will seduce you making you anxious to go back to your "Atlantis"! Let the energy released in volcanic landscape penetrate you and discover a special magic that really no image can not capture.

Customs and festivities of Santorin

General information | The festivities | Traditional wedding | Other festivals
Tradition is preserved even today in Santorini, at its small village communities. Religious festivals called "agiomnisia", traditional weddings with local instruments that accompany the procedures of the ceremony, local products, deserts, old wineries called kanaves where grapes are crushed, are some of the aspects of tradition that is still alive on the island.

Santorini Museums and archeological sites

Archaeological, Prehistoric, Folklore and Cultural Museums
Santorini has a wealth of history and tradition. From the excavations at Akrotiri to Ancient Thira in Mesa Vouno, from fossils, priceless icons, stately homes and images of Santorini in days gone by ... there are plenty of museums to visit, with rare exhibits on view to the public ...

Archaeological Museum : Fira.
Although many archaeological finds from Santorini are in the Archaeological Museum in Athens, the Historical and Cultural Museum of Santorini houses artifacts from the island's excavations .
Museum of Prehistoric Thira : Fira.
 The Museum of Prehistoric Thira houses finds from the excavations at Akrotiri, conducted under the auspices of the Archaeological Society at Athens, the earlier excavations at Potamos .
George E. Argyros Museum : Messaria.
The Argyros Mansion in Messaria is one of the most distinguished recent monuments of Santorini island and occupies an important place within the Messaria community .
Megaro Gyzi Cultural Center : Fira.
The Cultural Center 'Megaro Gyzi' was founded in 1980, the main purpose being spiritual development and the cultural improvement of the residents, as well as the promotion of Santorini .
Naval Maritime Museum : Oia.
 The Naval Museum resides in an old Captain's Mansion in picturesque village of Oia.
The building has been restored and converted into a museum that houses the Maritime History of Thira ...
Lignos Folklore Museum : Kontochori
The Folklore Museum is within a cave house built in 1861 in Kontochori - Fira. The museum is an old winery with workshops for carpenters, barrel makers, shoemakers and tinsmiths, art gallery ...
The Icons & Relics Collection: Pyrgos
Icons & Relics Collection  is a collection of priceless hagiographies, wooden sculptures & other items for ecclesiastic use mostly from the 17th & 18th century ...
Museum of Minerals & Fossils : Perissa
The Museum of Minerals & Fossils of the Cultural Society of Thira was founded in 2006. Displays include minerals and fossils from Santorini, the rest of Greece and abroad ...
Wine Museum : Vothonas
The Wine Museum is an extraordinary natural cave, 6 meters below ground and 300 meters long. It presents the history and life of wine from from 1660 to 1970 ...

Introduction the history of the volcano

Santorini is one of the few Greek destinations which attracted scholarly interest from very early on. The history of our planet, spanning hundreds of thousands of years, has left its indelible markings on its Caldera. Because the discovery in Santorini of one of the greatest geological events to have ever been witnessed by mankind over the past 10,000 years, namely the eruption of its volcano near the middle of the 2nd millennium B.C., is not a discovery to be passed over lightly. The second massif, an extension of the first, runs from the northwest and terminates at Gavrilos. The most elevated region, by far, is the rocky mass of Prophet Elias at 565 meters. Next in size is Mesa Vouno at 369 meters. Mesa Vouno projects southeastward between the coastal plains of Kamari and Perissa to form a bold headland extending into the sea. Gavrilos (elevation 161 meters) also projects seaward towards Vlychada. After the commencement of volcanic activity many hundreds of thousands of years ago, these extensive remnants were enlarged from time to time mainly towards the north, northwest and west by the spread of lava from various vents. By the first half of the second millennium B.C. the island had taken a round shape, part of the outline of which roughly corresponded to the present outer coastline of the Santorini isles –Thera, Therassia and Aspronisi.To the northwest is the second largest island of the group, Therassia, which is about 6 kilometers long from north to south and 2 kilometers wide from east to west. It is wholly volcanic, composed of alternating sheets of lava and layers of tuff.West of Thera and south of Therassia is the small, uninhabited island of Aspronisi (meaning white island). The name derives from the conspicuous and thick uppermost layer of white pumice adorning it which, from afar, resembles steep cliffs covered in snow.Thera, Therassia and Aspronisi, the surviving land fragments of what was once a whole island, almost completely enclose an oval lagoon measuring about 11 kilometers from north to south and 7 kilometers from east to west. There are only three entrances to this lagoon. One opening is between Thera and Therassia in the northwest region. A second lies between Therassia and Aspronisi to the west and a third between Aspronisi and Thera in the southwest. The greatest depths of this lagoon are in the northern half, plunging more than 410 meters. However, considerable variations in its depth have been recorded at different times and at different places.The sides of the island facing the lagoon form precipitous cliffs plunging almost vertically into the sea. These cliffs are generally as steep below the water as they are above. They reach a maximum height of 330 meters at Imerovigli

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