A place of wild beauty and an eternal symbol of rebirth from the ashes. The island of Santorini -or Thira as is its ancient Greek name- is a place of great contrasts that enchants the visitor. Located in the southwestern part of Cyclades it has taken its current shape, from the volcano located there and the massive explosion that occurred thousands of years ago. It is considered one of the largest eruptions in the world and some researchers believe that this has caused the end of the Minoan civilization. Another theory, wants the seabed of Santorini holding the secrets of the mythical Atlantis.
However, this disaster gave Santorini its unique morphology. Beautiful beaches, covered with black and red volcanic pebbles and wild rocks towering behind them, carved by the force of lava. The white and blue settlements that follow the Cycladic style are like an artwork, balancing onto the rugged slopes. The island’s capital is Fira, which is the largest settlement on the island. This is the center of the island’s commercial, artistic and social life, which “explodes” during the summer months. Museums with priceless exhibits, historic churches and monuments, high end art galleries, restaurants and clubs, coexist creating a unique celebration of all five senses.
White Beach – Red Beach – Υialos Beach
One of the famous beaches of Santorini is “Coloumpos” in which lies the undersea crater and is considered the Aegean’s natural spa. Black sand, white rocks; The main feature of the “White Beach” which can be reached from the neighboring “Red Beach”, or by boat. Finally, the black beach “Υialos” maybe difficult to reach but it is worth the effort, because you will be rewarder with a stunning view of the caldera.
This land and its soil which has been fed from the precious elements of the volcanic ashes has spawned Santorini’s exquisite cuisine and has provided local products of high nutritional value, famous around the world. The cherry tomatoes of Santorini, fava and the white eggplant are only few of the delicious vegetables, while the famous volcanic vineyards have the magic touch of god Dionysus.
Thira island welcomes you and promises magical moments that will make you coming back again and again!