The main island of Santorini is famous worldwide for its villages on the cliff but there is much more to see all over the island.
Akrotiri (Archaeological Site)
The ancient city abandoned and buried by the explosion of the volcano around 1600 BC. No one knows where the inhabitants left and what was the name of the city. It has been named "Akrotiri" by borrowing the name of the nearest village.
Akrotiri (Village)
The picturesque village that gave its name to the nearby archaeological site. It is nestled around the ruins of a 13th century Venetian castle, the restored part of which hosts a surprising Greek bagpipe museum.
Akrotiri Lighthouse
At the end of Akrotiri Peninsula, southwestern end of the caldera, the cape and its lighthouse offer superb panoramic views of the entire Santorini archipelago.
The small port at the foot of Oia, from where boats leave for Thirassia. You can go by car, but parking and (especially) turn around is a real hassle. Better go down on foot, by a staircase of 235 steps.
The port where all the ferries of the regular lines dock, at the foot of an impressive cliff. The only road climbs zig-zagging and is of course always congested. Enjoy the slow traffic to admire the scenery, it's worth it!
A big village on the road to the beach of Perissa. As seen from the main road, you'll find it uninteresting but it's a hidden jewel of Santorini. Take the time to stop and stroll in the maze of alleys of its oldest part, which is worth the detour!
The capital of Santorini, perched on a vertiginous cliff, is a thrilling and fascinating city, from where a long path runs along the cliff with countless impressive views of the caldera. Just like Oia, Fira is a bit too touristy, with an omnipresent crowd, but the charm always operates!
Nicknamed "the balcony of the Aegean", it's one of the most impressive places in Santorini, perched above the rock of Skaros, where a castle was built by the Venetians in the 13th century. There is nothing left of it nowadays but the rock is accessible by a vertiginous path.
One of the main seaside destinations of Santorini, with a long black sand beach. There is ample parking in the immediate vicinity of the beach and taverns and bars line up along the entire waterfront.
A beach of black sand and pebbles, unequippped and wild. At 8 km offshore "stands" the 2nd volcano of Santorini, still active but you will never see it... because its summit is 10m below the surface of the sea.
Mesa Gialos
The old port of Santorini, at the foot of the capital Fira, starting point for excursions to the crater of the volcano and around the caldera. Access on foot or cable car... or riding a donkey.
A beautiful beach on the east coast, equipped, with hotels and taverns nearby. There is a small harbor right next to it and along the beach a large shaded area.
Nea Kameni (Volcano)
The crater of the volcano, on Nea Kameni, and the hot springs on Palea Kameni are among the innumerable tours organized in the caldera, which are offered in many variants and which leave from Mesa Gialos, the old port at the foot of Fira.
Perched on a vertiginous cliff like the capital Fira, Oia is without doubt the most photographed village in Santorini. Admiring the sunset from the ruins of the kastro is a must for any stay, but the omnipresent crowd spoils unfortunately the romantic side.
Perissa is one of Santorini's most popular seaside destinations, with its long black sand beach, many taverns and a magnificent church, at the foot of a steep mountain. For an impressive view, climb up to Panaghia Katefiani, the chapel nestled in the cliff... if you are not prone to vertigo!
Profitis Ilias
The highest point of Santorini, 1860 ft above the sea, offers an amazing panoramic view of the whole island. It is reachable by a good road. At the top, there is a large monastery that can be visited.
Pyrgos Kallistis
Fira and Oia eclipse somehow the other villages of Santorini, and it would be a shame not to visit some of them! Perched on a hill, Pyrgos Kallistis is a pure jewel and you must definitely go for a stroll in its narrow streets and to enjoy its panoramas.
Red Beach
The most famous beach of Santorini, at the foot of its red cliff, a must for any visit to the island. Warning: it is a dangerous place, there are often falling rocks, so be careful!
Santorini Airport
The airport of Santorini is, along with the airport of Mykonos, one of the two international airports of the Cyclades, where, during the summer season, flights land directly from various European cities.
Just off the southern cape of Santorini, Vlychada is not really a village, it's a nice marina surrounded by beaches. Next door, the Tomato Industrial Museum reminds the days when the island exported a local tomato paste unique in the world.
A beach of black sand and pebbles on the east coast of Santorini, close to a small isolated harbor, quite picturesque with its boat shelters dug into the cliff.
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