Travel To The Island Of Santorini
The islands are the main characteristic of Greece’s morphology and an integral part of the country’s culture and tradition. Greek sovereign land includes 6,000 islands and islets scattered in the Aegean and Ionian Seas, of which only 227 islands are inhabited. This is a truly unique phenomenon for the European continent.
The Greek Archipelago takes up 7,500 km of the country’s total 16,000 km coastline, offering a highly diversified landscape: beaches stretching over many kilometers, sheltered bays and coves, sandy beaches with sand-dunes, pebble beaches, coastal caves with steep rocks and dark colored sand typical of volcanic soil and coastal wetlands.
The Island Of Santorini
In around 1620BC, a huge eruption caused the centre of the southernmost Cyclades islands to collapse. The Aegean Sea came pouring into the resulting caldera, leaving the crescent-shaped volcanic rock we now know as Santorini.
The perfect location to start an island hopping jaunt, Santorini, also known as Thira, is considered the diamond of the Greek Islands. Its whitewashed buildings with blue doors and picturesque blue-domed churches are nestled atop steep volcanic cliffs that fall sharply to the azure waters.
On offer are some of the most stunning beaches, unique due to their special geographical features. Red and black volcanic pebbles lay the shores of Santorini and steep cliffs complete the ambience. The most famous is the Red beach, while particularly popular are Perissa, Kamari and Perivolos.
Santorini, currently considered the fourth best island in the world, is a paradise for foodies, shoppers, photographers, artists and hikers. It also offers what is said to be the most breathtaking sunset in the world from the beautiful little town of Oia. It’s a big claim but few who have experienced it will forget seeing the sun drop into the drink leaving only the silhouettes of the tiny islets and the pink-domed cupolas of the churches in its wake.
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