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Santorini, Greece
Written by Hari Priya on October 22, 2020 Share on

Santorini, A dream destination in Greece

Santorini is located in one of the Cyclades islands in the Aegean sea. It offers incredible views, stunning sunsets, and beautiful beaches. Santorini is also known as a honeymoon destination. The best time to visit Santorini is from September to October and from April to May, as the weather will be warm and perfect. Santorini is one of the World’s top tourist destinations today. Whether you choose to fly or take the ferries for other islands, you can’t afford to miss the stunning views of the volcanic crater. Santorini is also known for its striking beaches and views which makes it stand out from other islands in Greece. Santorini, a dream destination in Greece is every traveller’s dream. Have a look at the top places to visit in Santorini.

Santorini, Thera, Greece
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Top places to visit in Santorini

1. Fira

Fira is Santorini’s capital and is beautifully made of cubic houses, terraces, blue-domed churches on the above cliffs of Caldera. Caldera is the best place to ease out in hiking. Fira can also be reached by walking or hiring mules for a ride up the steep from the small port of Skala.  However, If you are going to walk, there are roughly 600 steps to climb or opt to choose the cable car. You can also reach out from other neighbouring towns via Fira to Oia scenic trail. The trail will take you along the Caldera cliff where you can experience splendid views. You can reach the Skala port through ferries or cruise or by road. Fira is one of the top places to visit in Santorini.

Fira, Santorini
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2. Oia

It is known for its striking sunsets that attract tourists all over the world. Oia is a breathtaking place which is located on the north end of Santorini. It is a picture-perfect village which is made of whitewashed houses. However, many of them have been converted into small boutique hotels with infinity pools, overlooking the beautiful sceneries of Caldera. From Amoudi Bay, you will find rows of water-front seafood eateries. You can reach Oia by the local bus or by walking along the trail of caldera cliffs. Oia sunset is one of the top places to visit in Santorini.

Oia, Santorini
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3. Caldera

Caldera was formed by the massive volcanic eruption that blew the centre of the island around 3600 years ago. It is still home to volcanic activity, its centre gives rise to two kaimeni islets with gas emissions and hot springs. There are various packages offering one-day excursions to Caldera. You can reach Caldera by boat, have a quick dip in the hot springs, and have a lovely lunch on Thirassia. Thirassia is a small island on the West side of Caldera which offers amazing views to Santorini, across the waters.

4. Red Beach

Near the Akrotiri site, find the popular Red Beach right below the red cliff wall. You can access the beach along the pathway from the Akrotiri town. However, you can take the local bus to reach out to the Red beach. Also, opt to drive and park nearby before you begin to venture into the rocky path to reach the beach. Although, you can access the beach by boat from Akrotiri, Kamari, and Perissa ports. Get awestruck by the stunning beauty of the red beach. During summer, the beach gets crowded, so make sure you make it on time well in advance to get the right spot to see the amazing views of the red rocks. Red beach is also one of the top places to visit in Santorini.

5. Pyrgos

Before Fira took over in 1800, Pyrgos was the capital of Santorini. It is a tiny village located in the middle of Santorini, which is also made of whitewashed houses that were built in the ruins of a medieval hilltop castle. Earlier Pygros was not that popular, however, today it has gained tourism with the opening of several small boutique hotels and restaurants.

6. Akrotiri Archaeological site

Near the town of Akrotiri, ancient Minoan of Akrotiri was buried below lava, before the volcanic explosion that erupted in the 16th century. Tourists can walk on the debris in the town of Akrotiri to see the remains of old clay buildings. The site is preserved very well that, people often compare it to Pompeii. The site has the remains of pottery, and multi-level buildings, which proves that Santorini was once a very flourishing place. It was a prosperous island, before the eruption of the volcano that took place. The Akrotiri archaeological site was opened to the public in 2012. Take a break from the sightseeing and learn the history of Santorini.

Akrotiri, Thera
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7. Amoudi Bay

Rising to the town of Oia, at the base of the cliffs, the port of Amoudi bay sits over the sparkling turquoise waters. If you climb down 200-300 steps down from Oia, you will arrive at the picture-perfect place that Amoudi bay is famous for. It is also known for the quaint giant greek tavernas, isolated caves, and the perfect spot for swimming. It has been too much sightseeing and admiring the beauty, want to experience the adrenaline rush in your body? Yes, if you love adventure then Amoudi Bay is a perfect place known for cliff diving.

Experience the jump of diving with a beautiful scenic view. It is an experience that you won’t forget for a lifetime. If you are not an adventurous person, you can still have a wonderful experience, by hiring a sailboat to bring you closer to the volcano, for a quick swim in the hot springs. It is one of the top places to visit in Santorini. 

To conclude, Isn’t it exciting and thrilling to visit the beautiful, romantic Santorini? Book your trip and have a wonderful time on the lovely beaches, picture-perfect villages, and various other sightseeing that Santorini offers. Do check into Pickyourtrail for some amazing Greece travel packages. Also, do drop a Whatsapp Inquiry if you have any further queries. It’s time that you unwrap the world with Pickyourtrail!

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