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Another of the Cyclades islands set in the crystal deep blue waters of the Aegean Sea is the romantic island of Santorini or Thira, as it is also known. It is in fact crescent shaped and made up of a group of small islands namely Thera, Thirassia, Aspronissi, Palea, and Nea Kameri and it is set in the southernmost part of the Cyclades. Jacque Cousteau came here looking for Plato’s lost city of Atlantis. It is an island which has been devastated by volcanic eruptions, the most violent and catastrophic took place in the 16th Century, the last eruption being in the 1950’s.
As a result Santorini is an island with grand landscape. With high ridges set around a huge sea filled crater or Caldera it is an island with dazzling views and miraculous sunsets. From its cliff top dwellings and hotels surrounded by vineyards you can view the beaches below with their lava coloured pebbles and sand set by the warm azure waters of the Aegean. With its very special geological, volcanic formations it is ideal for exploration by hill walkers and ramblers and, of course beachcombers who can enjoy the seashore and the wonderful sun.
The past can also be explored because, like all Greek islands, Santorini has an ancient history. Excavations which began in 1967 at the site called Akrotiri unearthed remains of fine dwellings with highly developed drainage systems making Thira the most renowned Minoan site outside Crete. Fine, well preserved frescoes were also discovered and there can be no doubt that its occupants were sophisticated people. The well preserved remains of this ancient town can be compared with the roman site at Pompeii and is well worth a visit
Its two principal towns, Fira and Ola , are made up of whitewashed houses scattered with blue and are set on the cliffs at the edge of the Caldera overlooking the fabulous lagoon below and can be reached by cable car, donkey or on foot. The island is easily accessible having the benefit of a major airport and two ports Athinias and Skala from which you can further explore the magnificence of the lagoon and neighbouring islands.
The Island of Santorini, like its neighbouring island Mykonos, has a sophisticated air and is well known for its cuisine and locally produced wines. It has been voted the top and most beautiful island on more than one occasion. Why not sample its many delights and enjoy simply stunning Santorini.