One of the Cycladic Islands in Greece, Santorini is actually the most southern island of this Greek Island chain, and if weather permits, is a great island to visit on a luxury yacht charter. Many refer to the whole cluster of islands in this area as Santorini; however, actually it is a complex of five islands. #Santorini (Thira) is the main island and around it are Thirasia and Aspronisi (parts of the ancient Stroggili) and the two volcanic islands Palea Kameni and Nea Kameni out in the center of the Caldera Bay. Enjoy a private yacht charter in #Greece and include Santorini as a port of call.
Santorini was one island named Stroggili (circle in Greek) until about 1645 BC, when the volcano in the middle of the island erupted and the caldera was created. The two volcanic islands appeared much later from various eruptions starting from 157 BC until the last one in the 20th century (1950). It is the face of the Caldera with the many different soil striation markings and buildings tunneled in that are the unique and fascinating aspect of this island.
However, many reasons made this island famous worldwide including its oft photographed white buildings overlooking the Aegean blue sea. Some even have connected Thira to mythical Atlantis. Jules Verne made Santorini famous with the books "Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea" and "The mysterious island" where Captain Nemo and his crew watch the volcano eruption. Verne was one of the visitors and scientists that came to Thira during the eruptions of 1866 - 1870 and wrote the well-known book just after it. It is an island where volcanoes rule and the caldera view is breathtaking!
Things to Do in Santorini
Wine Tasting: Boutari is one of the great wine houses of Greece and their winery in Megalochori is the largest winery on the island. The company gives tours of the installations and wine cellars and provides a fancy multimedia show in a remodeled vault. After a tour of the winery enjoy tastings of the various wines produced by Boutari.
Akroteri Excavations: At the site of the Akroteri Excavations are the ruins of a Minoan city buried by the 1500 B.C. volcanic explosion. This is a truly amazing archeological site, which is still very much under excavation. Long covered in volcanic ash, this undisturbed archeological site was discovered in the mid-19th century and appears to be the remnants of a major wealthy trading city whose inhabitants fled before the 1500 B.C. volcanic explosion, perhaps heeding possible danger from earlier smaller eruptions.
Fira: The capital of Santorini, Fira, straddles the edge of the caldera, with village buildings tumbling down the side of the caldera. The winding narrow little streets are actually pathways, outlined with white paint. Fira is an active town in the summer with great boutique shopping, including many jewelry stores as Greece is known for great quality work in gold, cafes, restaurants, and nightclubs that are open into the wee hours of the morning. Stroll the winding, narrow walking streets while visiting ancient marketplaces and churches. There is a superb view out from Fira to the Kamenes, the two islets of black stones created by the volcano.
Oia: The most charming of all of the Santorini villages, where the older tunnel form of architecture is readily found is 12 km from Fira with a car park, in which to park to walk the many little walking streets. Oia is home to artists and writers from around the world who are attracted to its stunning beauty and light. In fact sunset viewed from the tip of the island in Oia is a daily event celebrated by both residents and visitors alike.