In Santorini, everything looks like paradise, as if they came from a painting. You can see every corner of Santorini with Santorini Private Tour whenever you want.
Oia, the first settlement to be declared a protected area (1976), is without a doubt one of the most photographed places in Greece. Its sunset has been a source of inspiration for inexperienced artists, while its alleys function as magnets that invite you to get lost in their well-hidden secrets.
Oia, which is about 40 minutes drive from Fira, will enchant you, because it is truly irresistible. The main road divides it into two areas: one, towards the caldera, has impressive cave buildings, the other is decorated with captain’s houses. Do not be surprised by the infinite domes that appear in every corner, since in Oia there are more than 60 churches.
At the end of the settlement is the Castle, with the pieces that have been preserved to offer a unique view, but also a charming journey into the past. Quality is synonymous with the region, which is without a doubt one of the most interesting experiences in Santorini. The restaurants and café bars of Oia will satisfy you completely, while the minimal suggestions for shopping (apart from the tourist businesses) will put you in a consumer temptation.
Do not forget to go down the 214 steps that separate Oia from the picturesque Ammoudi, where you will enjoy guaranteed fresh fish. Also, in Oia is the Maritime Museum (tel. +30 22860 71156), which is worth your visit.
You can reach Firostefani from Fira, following the “eyebrow” of the caldera and covering a distance of about 10 minutes on foot. Firostefani, which has always been the favorite stop of every visitor to the island, owes its name to the fact that it “crowns” Fira. The view of the caldera is simply unbeatable, with the cliff being so steep that many times your heart will beat louder.
In Firostefani you will find several remarkable suggestions for food, in restaurants and taverns that have as their main feature the relaxing atmosphere. Tip: On the way to Imerovigli you will find the monastery of Agios Nikolaos, built in 1651 by the Gyzi family. It is considered the border between the two settlements, and it is really worth your visit.
Imerovigli occupies the most privileged position and has the most breathtaking view of the caldera and Thirasia. It is famous for the luxurious hotels that offer their guests a “natural balcony” in the caldera, calm atmosphere and super relaxing landscape. Anogi restaurant, in the central square, gives you the opportunity to write the ideal epilogue of your day, introducing you in the best way to the gastronomy of Santorini and the authentic Greek hospitality. Tip: Visit the church of Panagia Malteza with the imposing wood-carved iconostasis and the icon of the Virgin, which is said to have been found in Malta.
You can reach Ammoudi, a picturesque port that is a must see of Santorini, going down the 214 steps that separate it from Oia. The commercial port of the 19th century today welcomes mainly lovers of sea fruits, who want to enjoy fresh fish and seafood. In Ammoudi you can go either by road or downhill (on foot or with donkeys) 214 steps from Oia.
Journey into History
The tiny island of Santorini has an incredible array of well-preserved remnants of ancient times. From the city of Akrotiri (4,000 years old), which was buried under the volcanic ash during the eruption of the 17th century BC. and it is one of the greatest archaeological discoveries in the world and certainly the largest in the Eastern Mediterranean, to the magnificent site of Ancient Thira, there is plenty of history that will impress you.
Akrotiri is a picturesque village in the southwestern part of the island, about 10 km from Fira. The most important attraction in Akrotiri is the prehistoric settlement, which was first inhabited around 4500 BC. and came to light after the systematic excavations that began in 1967.
A visit to the museum of Prehistoric Thira, but also to the archeological one is like a dip in the long history of the island. The first houses finds from excavations in Akrotiri, such as furniture molds, bronze utensils and the only golden chamois figurine. The Archaeological Museum, again, houses collections of sculptures and inscriptions from the Archaic to the Roman period.
It is also worth a visit to the Byzantine monuments of the island, such as Panagia tis Mesa Gonia, the nunnery of Agios Nikolaos and the nunnery of Profitis Ilias with the ecclesiastical folklore museum. Santorini is undoubtedly a magical place, which evokes in all visitors intense emotion and indelible memories.
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