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Santorini island

Cycladic islands
Santorini island, Santorini
Santorini island, Santorini
Santorini island, Santorini
Santorini island, Santorini
Santorini island, Santorini
Santorini island, Santorini
Santorini island, Santorini
Santorini island, Santorini
Santorini island, Santorini
Santorini island, Santorini
Santorini island, Santorini
Santorini island, Santorini
Santorini island, Santorini
Santorini island, Santorini
Santorini island, Santorini
Santorini island, Santorini
Santorini island, Santorini
Santorini island, Santorini
Santorini island, Santorini
Santorini island, Santorini
Santorini island, Santorini
Santorini island, Santorini
Santorini island, Santorini
Santorini island, Santorini
Santorini island, Santorini
Santorini island, Santorini
Santorini island, Santorini
Santorini island, Santorini
Santorini island, Santorini
Santorini island, Santorini
Santorini island, Santorini
Santorini island, Santorini
Santorini island, Santorini
Santorini island, Santorini
Santorini island, Santorini
Santorini island, Santorini
Santorini island, Santorini
Santorini island, Santorini
Santorini island, Santorini
Santorini island, Santorini
Santorini island, Santorini
Santorini island, Santorini
Santorini island, Santorini
Santorini island, Santorini
Santorini island, Santorini
Santorini island, Santorini
Santorini island, Santorini
Santorini island, Santorini
Santorini island, Santorini
Santorini island, Santorini
Santorini island, Santorini
Santorini island, Santorini
Santorini island, Santorini
Santorini island, Santorini
Santorini island, Santorini
Santorini island, Santorini
Santorini island, Santorini
Santorini island, Santorini
Santorini island, Santorini
Santorini island, Santorini
Santorini island, Santorini
Santorini island, Santorini
Santorini island, Santorini
Santorini island, Santorini
Santorini island, Santorini
Santorini island, Santorini
Santorini island, Santorini
Santorini island, Santorini
Santorini island, Santorini
Santorini island, Santorini
Santorini island, Santorini
Words like “magical”, “fairytale”, “charming” are not enough to express the island’s beauty and uniqueness. This fairytale begins as soon as you approach to it. Colourful rocks in different colours, perfectness and harmony create a dazzling picture. You willingly fall under its spell. Summer time on Santorini is known for its cosmopolitical atmosphere: people come here from all over the world.Always crowded countless bars of Thira, Perissa, Kamari and other villages are famous for their elegance and taste. Come and enjoy this rare opportunity of watching a breathtaking landscape of caldera and listening to the classical music at the same time.
Description of Santorini island
The uniqueness of its soil structure greatly influenced the local architecture. The settlements of Fira, Oia, Imerovigli, Firostefani are nestled on the Caldera cliff. Some villages were built in the inland around castles and “yposkafa”, i.e. dwellings carved into the rocks. Originally “yposkafa” were created on the cliffs of Caldera but later on they expanded farther (Vonovas-Karterados-Finikia).
 
Oia, which is also called Apanomeria, is one of the most spectacular settlements of Santorini. But some people still believe it to be the most beautiful place in the world. Part of the picturesque houses faces Caldera and another part climbs down to the sea. The perfect combination of round and cubic shapes and arched roofs, dominating colours of white, blue and ochre, blooming bougainvillea and jasmine add to the Aegean sun that deepens the contracts.
 
Oia’s main streets are mostly marble-paved and its white churches are crowned with blue double domes. Once restored after the huge earthquake by professional architects its image has been accomplishing by its residents, their intuition and their sense of beauty. Everything that is done here is done with great love and esteem to the history and culture of the place. Unlike Fira or Perissa, life in Oia is more quiet and tranquil.
 
Small village Imerovigli is located to the north of Firostefani, on the highest point of Caldera. Its name is translated as a “watch” and “day”: earlier when the island suffered from frequent pirate attacks, this place was used to watch and warn about the coming danger. There are no strict borders separating Fira, Imerovigli and Firostefani. Gradually they seem to make one big settlement. But still their differences and characteristic features are so obvious that is an easy thing to differ one from another.
 
Athinios is the only port on Santorini that handles passenger ships. This is a small settlement with traditional houses, several shops and tavernas at the foot of Caldera. Climb the narrow and winding sidewalk from which a marvelous enchanting view opens.
 
Beaches
To make the description more complete it is necessary to add a couple of words about Santorini’s unique beaches that look like pictures being brought to life by some unknown magician. Its unbelievably crystal clear sea with the range of colours from dark blue to light turquoise, pebble and sand of different colours - all together create the magical and spectacular view.
 
Perissa with its dark sand and pebble is believed to be one of the most popular beaches of Santorini and is located in its Eastern part. This beach is perfectly organized and has all that is necessary for water sports.
 
In summer time Kamari beach with its incredibly clear waters and black sand attracts crowds of visitors. It is full of life days and nights. Being perfectly organized with a number of hotels with pools, clubs bars, restaurants and tavernas it becomes the destination point for many tourists.
 
The Red Beach sits not far from Akrotiri. It will captivate your imagination casting spells with its unusual and rare combination of blue sea and red rocks and sand.
Santorini is a small group of five volcanic islands of Thira, Therasia, Nea Kameni, Palea Kameni and Aspronisi. This Cycladic group is located in the Southern Aegean. The area of Santorini, the southernmost island of Cyclades, is of 76 sq. km and its coastline is of 70 km.
 
Santorini sits about 120 km to the north of Crete island and 200 km to the south of Athens.
 
Its landscape is a mixture of volcanic cliffs and fertile valleys.
You can get to the place either by air or by sea. The island has its own national airport. It stays 6 km from the capital, not far from Kamari village. The flight from Athens takes about 30-40 min.
 
The sea ships and ferry boats provide the necessary communication of Santorini with the mainland and other islands of Cyclades and Dodecanese. The trip from Piraeus port lasts about 4.5 hours.

The Mediterranean climate of the island feature hot dry summers and mild rainy winters. In summer time the average temperature is about 28 Celsius degrees, and in winter it can be as cold as 13 Celsius degrees. The rainy season lasts during autumn and winter periods.

The local population, according to the latest census of 2011, is of about 15 250 people. People in Greece always try to be faithful to their customs and traditions. Santorini inhabitants are not an exception. The majority of the events here have religious character. People start preparations for a holiday beforehand. Some churches in the island have a separate building meant for holding festive events and preparing food for the guests. One should live the event the night of the Epitaph taking place at the Great Friday night in a small village of Pyrgos. You will feel the enchantment and magic of the moment created by the stunning setting and enhanced by the lit tin lanterns carried by participants. “Lazaros” is another religious tradition that is celebrated with splendor in Santorini. Actually “Lazaros” is a great wooden cross all covered with flowers and rosemary.
 
Santorini is also known for its festivals:
“Jazz festival” in July.
“Ifestia” (gr. volcanoes) with an imitation of a volcanic eruption, in August.
“International music festival” in September.
Built 260 m above the sea level in the 19th century the island’s capital Thira or Fira today resembles a flock of seagulls perched on the cliff edge. Thus it hangs from the highest point of Caldera attracting a lot of visitors. Whitewashed houses with balconies and staircases, churches with their blue domes along with the jumble of cobbled sidewalks and streets create the perfect image of the place. It is quite easy to get from Fira to the Old port of the island that handles only cruise liners.
 
Shops in Fira remain open till late night and its night life with numerous taverns, bars and clubs is especially appreciated by young people.
For many people all over the world Santorini’s landmark is its sunsets. People fall hook, line and sinker for this astonishing and breathtaking sight. Every evening it gathers a great number of people in local bars and restaurants.
 
Of note is the archeological site of Akrotiri. Those who are keen on history should not miss it. An ancient town was discovered during some works held in the 19th century. Being covered with lava and volcanic ashes buildings with their interiors and painted walls could survive throughout centuries.
 
Imerovigli invites you to visit the Venetian castle “Skaros”. It was built in the 13th century. You will be able to enjoy the fascinating view that opens up.
 
The monastery of Profitis Ilias is located at the top of the mountain that carries the same name. Its construction began in 1711. The monastery has its own museum and library.
 
The new Museum of prehistoric Thira and the Archeological museum of Thira. The Prehistoric museum has many items from Akrotiri and other archeological sites of the island. The present Archeological museum was built in 1960 in order to replace the old one that was ruined during the earthquake of 1956. The objects displayed here mostly belong to the Ancient and Roman periods.
 
Among many other things you have planned to do, do not forget to visit the Museum of wine and winery Koutsogiannopoulos. It presents the history of Santorini wine and Santorini vine-growing from 1660 till the present moment. You can also watch the process of wine making and even buy a bottle of this drink. There are a lot of other wineries on the island where you will be always welcomed.
 
Here some most important religious temples on the island:
Orthodox cathedral in Thira.
Catholic cathedral in Thira dedicated to St John the Baptist.
Theotokaki church (Dormition of the Mother of God).
Panagia Episkopi church (Dormition of the Mother of God) built by the Byzantine Emperor Alexius I Comnenus.
Agios Minas church (St Menas) – a postcard symbol of the island.
The story tells that long time ago Triton, a mythological Greek god, son of Poseidon and Amphitrite, gave this piece of earth to the Argonauts as a gift. Later on this piece has turned into an island. Some scientists also believe that once Santorini was part of Plato’s mysterious Atlantis. It is up to you to accept this point of view or not.
 

 

Once Argonauts were so impressed by the view of the island that they called it Kallisti, which means “the most beautiful one”. Long before the first eruption of the local volcano the island was known as Strongile meaning “the circular one”. The name Santorini came into being in the 13th century when the island was under the Latin empire. It is a derivation from the name of the island’s saint “Santa Irina”. The name of Thira, which is popular among locals, was given after the ancient Spartan hero. The first evidences of human activity on the island can be traced back as far as 3000 B.C. The influence of the Minoan Crete on the local culture was proved by the finds in Akrotiri. Santorinian history in many cases was determined by the local volcano. Its eruption in 1450 B.C. not only changed the island’s landscape, but also, as some people believe, caused the fall of the Minoan civilization. In 11th BC the Dorians led by Fir landed to the shores of Santorini. During the Peloponnesian war Santorini took the part of Sparta. Later on the Athenians took the island. In 1207 Santorini is captured by the Venetians and in 1570 by the Turks. With the end of the War of independence of 1821 Santorini joined Greece. After the new volcano eruption in 1956 the landscape of the place has changed again.
Thanks to the island’s fertile volcanic soil the locals are able to grow rare agricultural species, for example a grape that is given the form of a basket in order to protect it from the wind. Santorian wines, known all over the world, are exported even to remote Japan.
 
Fava beans (yellow peas) – this is one of the most popular and traditional food on the island, known from the ancient times. You will find fava dish in any restaurant of Santorini.
 
Do not miss the chance to try small thick-skinned tomatoes perhaps most popular local product. These tomatoes are used to prepare famous tomato paste “peltes” (πελτές).
 
Another rare product of local soil is the white eggplant, that has peculiar sweet taste and do not absorb much oil.
 
Do not leave Santorini without tasting its famous tomato balls “tomatokeftedes” (ντοματοκεφτέδες) also cooked with local tomatoes.
Santorini is the island that never falls asleep in summer time. If historians state that the number of churches on the island is equal to the number of houses, you may rest assured that there is an entertainment centre for every inhabitant on the island, such as bar, restaurant, tavern, etc.
 
On Santorini you get the opportunity to do all kinds of water sports, horseback riding, rock climbing, mountain biking under the guidance of experienced coaches, or at your own risk. You can also make a trip to the neighbouring islands. This will make your stay more memorable.
Famous wine of Santorini island, which owes its original taste to the volcanic soil.
Small tomatoes, especially “liasti tomata” dried by sun. Kept in olive oil they get unique taste and smell.
Fava beans of Santorini.
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Santo Miramare Resort Hotel

Santorini, Perivolos

The luxurious 4-star beach resort of Santo Miramare is located next to the black sandy beach of Perivolos. Fira, the lively Santorini capital, is 13 km from the hotel, and the airport and port of Santorini are 20 minutes away. Near the hotel there are water sports, diving center, water skiing, horse riding, restaurants, beach bars and other entertainment facilities. The bright and modern rooms at the Santo Miramare Resort feature free Wi-Fi and all the necessary amenities for an excellent stay. The hotel has a restaurant serving buffet breakfast and dinner, and a poolside bar serving a wide range of drinks and snacks.The hotel also provides guests with a modern, fully equipped gym, swimming pools for adults and children, an outdoor jacuzzi and a cozy sitting area with a TV. Also the resort offers services in holding conferences, seminars and other business and romantic events.
The absolute destination for families, group of friends,honeymooners or anyone who desires a highly standard accommodation in atraditionally built resort that offers everything the world famousisland of Santorini is promising for.

Regina Mare Hotel

Santorini, Imerovigli

Regina mare is built right in the edge of the cliff, at Imerovigli, a picturesque traditional village of Santorini, only 2 km from Fira town, the capital of the island.

Rocabella Deluxe Suites & Spa Hotel

Santorini, Imerovigli

Rocabella Deluxe Suites & Spa is located on the outskirts of Imerovigli, at a distance of 1,5 km from Fira.

Katikies The Hotel

Santorini, Oia

Inspiring deep emotions of enchantment and fascination, Katikies The Hotel in Oia Santorini is renowned for its leading luxury, unparallel services, warm atmosphere and sense of romance uniquely combined in an exceptional setting and natural environment in Oia Santorini, inviting its guests to experience moments of pure luxury. The hotel is a member of the Leading Hotels of the World. Only children from 13 y.o. and older are allowed.

Villa Katikies

Santorini, Oia

Perched on the cliff sides of Oia in the magical Santorini Island, overlooking the sublime Caldera of Santorini, lies Villa Katikies, a small cluster of seven idyllic private Santorini villas, magnificently designed in traditional Cycladic architecture and contemporary style that mingle this distinguished luxury villas in Greece.

Sunrocks Hotel

Santorini, Fira

In taking luxury accommodation to new heights, Sun Rocks romantic hotel in Santorini, has mesmerized and inspired all who have luxuriated in its Firostefani Santorini location, amongst the most inspiring destinations of the Cyclades in Greece.

Chromata Hotel

Santorini, Imerovigli

One of the best 5-star hotels in Santorini, Chromata Santorini, is recognized as a fashionable and outstanding designer hotel and resort. The hotel is part of the "Leading Hotels of the World" hotel chain. Located on the edge of the Caldera, it combines glamour, heritage, luxury, ultra-modern amenities and high-class service. Rooms, suites and villas overlooking the sea, organically fit into the Cycladic architecture of the island, offer luxury and romance, provide privacy and comfort. Guests can spend time relaxing by the infinity pool or in a private jacuzzi, refresh themselves with drinks from the pool bar and enjoy a romantic candlelight dinner at the "Chroma Up-Style" restaurant with a magnificent view of the caldera. Hotel Chromata is an ideal place to celebrate special events such as a wedding ceremony, a romantic candlelight evening, anniversaries and evenings with friends.

Due to the particular construction of the Hotel (on the cliff), for safety reasons, the property does not feature any children facilities and therefore children under the age of 13 years old are not accepted.

Kirini Santorini Hotel (ex. Kirini Suites & Spa)

Santorini, Oia

The luxurious five-star boutique Kirini Santorini Hotel is located on a cliff with multi-level terraces in the cosmopolitan area of ​​Oia, a few meters from Amoudi Beach. Proud member of the "Leading Hotels of the World", the unique resort of Kirini Santorini, is considered one of the best places to stay in Oia, as it combines Cycladic architectural traditions, luxurious leisure facilities, a cozy atmosphere and a charming view of the caldera. The luxurious suites have been recently renovated and are decorated in light shades of white with stylish simplicity, embodying the truly unique character of this boutique hotel. Guests can relax in the outdoor pool, have breakfast and taste a variety of Greek and international dishes for lunch and dinner at The Pool Lounge & Cocktail Bar, or treat themselves to delicacies at Anthós Restaurant, one of the best restaurants in Santorini. During sunset, guests are invited to participate in the grand tasting and enjoy a combination of fine wines and breathtaking views of the sunset and the Caldera. Absolute relaxation with a holistic approach to health and beauty awaits guests at A.SPA, a unique area that combines an inspirational set of branded restorative treatments and massages for the body and face. Guests have at their disposal modern fitness and cardiovascular equipment, that satisfy individual health and fitness needs. Kirini Santorini offers ideal luxury services for romantic meetings, dreamy weddings, glamorous anniversaries or gourmet dinners with friends.

Belvedere Suites Hotel

Santorini, Firostefani

The modern and romantic four-star boutique hotel Belvedere Suites is very popular among the newlyweds and all those who are looking for high-quality rest in a quiet and beautiful setting. Belvedere Hotel is located on the cliffs of Caldera in the village of Firaostefani, a 10-minute walk from the beautiful and lively capital of Santorini, Fira. The Belvedere Hotel, which offers one of the best views of the magnificent caldera, the tranquil waters of the Aegean Sea and the endless Greek blue sky, is built according to the traditional architecture of the island and includes modern amenities and services. All hotel rooms are beautifully furnished with comfortable furniture and equipped with household amenities reflecting the latest technologies. The hotel has a swimming pool with a sun terrace and comfortable lounge chairs, a pool bar that also works as a restaurant, offering delicious snacks, drinks and cocktails. Free wireless Internet is provided in all rooms and public places of the hotel. Guests can use the services of professional staff at the Lotus Spa, the largest spa in Santorini, which is located in the subsidiary El Greco Resort and Spa. At the hotel’s reception guests can order treatments and a free shuttle service to the spa. Due to its location at different levels and the presence of stairs, the hotel is not recommended for persons with reduced mobility.

Tamarix Del Mar Suites Hotel

Santorini, Kamari

On the magnificent island of Santorini, at the famous village of Kamari a new idea about hospitality, service, privacy, luxurious vacations became true. Tamarix Del Mar is the ideal place for luxurious and relaxing vacations. The surrounding of the lobby gives to our guests from the moment of the entrance the atmosphere of the hotel.The friendly welcome of the staff continues giving to our guests the best first moments of their holidays. In any type of junior suite, maisonette or suite the guests have choosen, they will enjoy the marvelous and unique decorated and furnished suites.

Asteras Villas

Santorini, Fira

Atop the majestic Caldera cliffs, looking down towards the endless Aegean Blue and just a few steps away of the main pebbled street in Fira, the capital city of the magical island of Santorini, dreams and luxury meet reality in an exclusive and magnificent way… Five suites “Dressed Up” in golden, white and black, all set ready to entertain its guests .. to offer them days of delight and moments of indulgence that you will always cherish!

Above Blue Suites Hotel

Santorini, Imerovigli

The exquisite five-star Above Blue Suites complex, consisting of 10 luxury suites and one villa, is located on the highest point of the Santorini-Caldera cliffs, surrounded by the endless blue color of the Aegean Sea. Really harmonious and refined, truly romantic atmosphere. The suites differ in size and shape, while the endless palette of color combinations creates for each of them a unique personality and distinctive style. Each suite offers a breathtaking view of the caldera, the island of Thirassia, the famous volcano and the traditional village of Oia. Every morning, at the desired time, an American breakfast with champagne is served in all suites. There is a freshwater swimming pool with sun loungers, a poolside bar serving drinks and light snacks, and an à la carte gourmet restaurant. If desired, guests can use the services of a professional massage therapist or order beauty and health treatments. Above Blue Suites is the perfect place for a wedding proposal, a romantic honeymoon or an anniversary celebration.

Mystique A Luxury Collection Hotel

Santorini, Oia

With a typical island-style design that preserves the nature in a climate of unabashed luxury, Mystique, a Luxury Collection Hotel, is built in the world’s most beautiful scenery. For safety reasons the hotel accepts children from 14 y.o.!

Suites Of The Gods Hotel

Santorini, Megalochori

The new 4-star complex of exclusive suites Suites of the Gods is located in Megalochori, above the port of Athenios of Santorini. Due to its privileged position the hotel is considered one of the best places on the island. It offers a magnificent view of the legendary dormant, but active volcano, the blue of the Aegean Sea and magnificent sunsets. Built in accordance with the traditional architecture of the island in combination with modern amenities, each suite has been specially designed to provide an ideal environment for all guests to relax. Guests of the hotel can visit the modern spa and gym, an outdoor infinity pool, an open-air restaurant and an indoor cafe. This is an ideal place for private parties, events, weddings, gala soiree and many other events.

Vedema Resort Hotel

Santorini, Megalochori

The Vedema, A Luxury Collection Resort is the place where emotions, creativity and perfection meets a world of beauty and mythology. A truly inspired idea which originated from the 400-years old winery that dominates the heart of the property. Houses are built in the traditional style with an authentic look inspired by the characteristic colour of the Greek islands. Harmoniously combined with the traditional style and with all necessary amenities for a pleasant and relaxing stay.


Kamari Beach Hotel Santorini

Santorini, Kamari

Built in 1972 in the towns swinging center, Kamari Beach Hotel led the way of upscale hotel services in Santorini giving us 35 years of experience in serving your needs. A thorough renovation in 2007 gave a fresh look to the harmonic blend of Aegean style with 70's linear design forms placed right on the matchless volcanic black sand beach of Kamari for endless hours of leisure by the sea.
 

Tholos Resort

Santorini, Imerovigli

One of these picturesque settlements is Imerovigli, a small distance away from the capital of Santorini, Fira, where you can find Tholos Luxury Hotel Resort.  Perched on the cliff of the Caldera, the hotel will offer you an accommodation of luxury and hospitality, in a magnificent setting overlooking the volcano.

Santorini Princess Presidential Suites

Santorini, Akrotiri

Expanding in more than 5000 square meters, Santorini Princess Suites provides the premises of an estate with the private luxury of a hidden retreat. Santorini Princess Suites is designed in harmony with the traditional Cycladic style without lacking in modern facilities, luxurious surroundings and carefully designed details to make our guests feel welcomed.

Splendour Resort

Santorini, Firostefani

This unique Resort, with a clear aim to maintain the local architectural traditional elements, yet combines the discrete minimal luxury. Each room designed to give to the client the feeling of being in a modern hotel with simple lines so as to calm eyes and bring inner serenity, referring to guests’ minds as a synonym of grandeur, luxury, quality, charm and calm.

Andronis Boutique Hotel

Santorini, Oia

The luxurious five-star boutique hotel Andronis is located in the center of the traditional village of Oia, Santorini Island. Placed on the edge of a cliff it offers panoramic views of the caldera. Built in caves on the cliff side, the suites combine the traditional Cycladic style of architecture and a charming range of luxury. Each guest in the hotel is provided with personal attention and high-quality service. The Mare Sanus Spa is just a few steps away and offers relaxing and rejuvenating treatments. Andronis Boutique Hotel offers exceptional service and maintenance of private parties, gala dinners, champagne receptions, small intimate or large extravagant weddings. In exclusive boutiques, guests are able to find clothing that fully matches their mood and style.

Due to the particular construction of the hotel on the cliff and the absence of children facilities, our property does not accept children under the age of 13 years old.

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