One of the most beautiful places that you can travel to is the islands, so choosing one of them is the best thing to do if you want to relax for your body and rest your mind from thinking about the problems of your life and workloads, and psychological tension such as that caused by the pandemic of Corona and our passage through difficult months during it. We advise you to pack your luggage and immediately head to one of the quiet, calm islands so that you can enjoy the tranquility and charming natural atmosphere that does not bother you as it is if you travel to noisy cities in civil life.
We will show you one of the wonderful options of the islands where you will enjoy comfort and pleasure, and we have chosen for you Santorini island in Greece, it is one of the most beautiful tourist destinations in the world, because of its picturesque nature, quiet beaches and historical buildings characterized by its white walls and blue ceilings. Santorini topped the list of the best islands in Europe last year, and came second in the list of the best islands in the world, after it was first in the past two years, according to the list of “Trip Advisor” specialized in tourism and travel, according to travelers’ choices.
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The ancient and common name for Santorini Island is Thira, a city in which Phoenician and Cycladic architecture blend, marked by white cobbled streets, hotels and cafes. It is located above the rim of the caldera (that is, the volcanic lake) on the Aegean Sea, at an altitude of nine hundred feet above its port.
The island has one natural source of fresh water, and it is a small source located in a cave in the middle of the road between Kamari and ancient Thira, and although it provides only a small amount of water, it is one of the best type of water quality because it originates from the only limestone that remains from the original island before the volcano.
It is the capital and the main city of the island, and includes a lot of housing options as well as many cafes and restaurants around, and the city has a vibrant nightlife. To reach the city of Thira from Athens, the capital is the new Santorini port or from its international airport, there are taxis and buses for those wishing to travel on a limited budget, and various hotels provide delivery to their customers. From the old port there is the cable car to the top of the city of Thira over the rocks, which is a unique experience that should be joined by no less than the experience of taking a trip on a mule through 588 winding steps.
One of the places to visit is an ancient city buried beneath the volcanic ash, which will take you to a world far from the blue and white colors that Santorini is distinguished for, as this well-preserved historical city is dominated by volcanic gray.
It is located north of Fira. Enjoying stunning views of the island, it also has the same atmosphere, with plenty of accommodations and restaurants.
Located in the far north of Firostefani, this village has been built on the longest part of the Caldera mountain range and is often called the “Aegean balcony”. It also has many hotels and small restaurants.
Located at the edge of the caldera at the far north end of the island, it also offers a wonderful view of the caldera and the sunset, and this area is a great attraction. It becomes very quiet in the evening, as most visitors go to it for a one-day tour and stay in Fira. In winter, most hotels and restaurants close, so they usually get quieter.
Various activities on the island you might enjoy:
You can walk along the caldera Santuri from Fira to Oya or join boat trips inside the caldera waters at sunset.
You can climb the slopes to see the ancient city of Thira, where wonderful views of the Aegean Sea, beaches and the entire island await you.
You can visit museums, especially the Thira Museum, to obtain information about Santorini Island and to learn more about its history. The museum is located in the center of the capital and is a place full of pottery and wall paintings dating back to ancient times.
For sports lovers you can ride horses in Aksu Gunya, or head to amazing diving clubs and excursions, where under the waters you see shipwrecks next to the volcano.
You can swim in the crystal clear waters and take sunbathing on many beautiful beaches, including the black beach in camera, the white beach that is inaccessible except from the red beach, Amoudi beach, Perivolos, Monolithos, Buxedes, Puri and others.
Santorini is one of the most romantic places around the world, so it is an ideal destination for the honeymoon, from the colors of its capital Vera and its alleys paved with stones, shopping places, restaurants, cafes and romantic ambiance, to the various beaches in golden, black and gray colors.
The most beautiful thing you can enjoy on this charming island is watching the sunset, as the red sun rays are reflected on the white buildings to paint picturesque paintings.
In the evening, you can head to the open-air Camari cinema to watch a movie or stay up late at various parks and cafes.
You can learn about ancient Greek history by visiting the ancient ancient city of Thira and visiting the open-air museum.
You can enjoy Greek culture, learn about the lives of local people and eat delicious food, especially in the cities of Fira, Kamari and Oia with Roman views of the turquoise waters of the Aegean Sea.
The best times of the year to visit Santorini :
Usually confined between the months of May and October, in the event that you love to enjoy the sunny days of the beach, plan to visit from July to September, but it will be crowded with tourists, and if you want to visit in months that are not crowded then the best time to visit Santorini is from March to May or from October to November, as the number of tourists decreases dramatically and you can really enjoy all the wonderful attractions of the island.
Although the island’s primary language is Greek, many locals speak English, and street signs are written in Greek and English, so getting around is not a problem at all.