Santorini island GreeceSantorini also knowns as Fira (or Thira, Thera) is a small archipelago that was formed by the volcanic activity in the Aegean Sea and part of the Cyclades islands.
It is about 200 km southeast from Greece's mainland and is the southernmost island of the Cyclades with an area of approximately 73 km2 and a population of about 14 000 people.
Fira is also called the chief town of the island, which is a beautiful tourist center, attracting thousands of tourists from around the world.
Santorini is known for its Greek style of life and modern luxury. It is dotted with hotels, bars, restaurants, taverns, clubs, beautiful beaches and is surrounded by crystal clear water.
The name Santorini was given to it by the Latin empire in the 13th century.
Among the things which must see during your stay there are:
* Lover's beach - located near Akrotiri about 12 km from Fira;
* Beaches in Kamari, Armeni, Perissa and Kokkini (aka Kokkini Paralia);
* The monastery of Profitis Ilias - the highest point of the island;
* Sunset in Oia;
* Fortress Pyrgos;
* The villages Pyrgos and Megalochori ;
* Fira - the capital;
* The islands - Therasia, Nea Kameni (uninhabited Greek island of volcanic origin), Palaia Kameni, Aspronisi and Christiana;
* Caldera of the volcano;
* Archaeological Museum.
The island is the site of the Minoan eruption (one of the largest volcanic eruptions in the history), which occurred some 3,600 years ago. Santorini has survived after that explosion and what remains today is chiefly a water-filled caldera.
Santorini's airport is one of the few on the Cyclades Islands and is about 6 km southeast of downtown Thira.
Santorini is considered one of the most beautiful islands in Greece and in our opinion it is in the top 3 islands of Greece.
Santorini hotels are one of the best in whole Greece and they are from luxurious to small family hotels, studios, apartments, villas with different categories and stars.
As early as you book your hotel (or buy your holiday package) as better, because it is very diificult to find the best hotel for you in Fira in the last moment. So don't lose your time and call your local travel agency for futher information and reservations or try to book it by yourself on the internet. Another good idea is to find just the number of the hotel you are looking for and call the hotel's reservation employee.