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Perhaps most famous for a large volcanic eruption which took place in ancient times, the island of Santorni is now just as known for being a magnet for tourists from around the world. Thanks to a stunning (if a bit rugged) coastline, an inviting climate, cloudless days and a rich history, Santorini could be just what the doctor ordered if you have been desperately seeking a bit of a break from your daily life. Let's quickly look at the best way to arrive here as well as some of the attractions which should not be missed during your stay.
The main airport servicing the island is Santorini National Airport. This is sometimes referred to as Thira National Airport. Your other option is to arrive at the larger Athens International Airport and then choose a connecting flight or a ferry service. A handful of major carriers supported by Santorini National Airport are:
You will normally not have an issue reserving tickets although it should be mentioned that if you are looking for a deal, it could be best to book a holiday in the autumn or the winter.
As this island stems from volcanic origins, its geography is quite unique when compared to other portions of Europe. Black-sand beaches and hot springs such as those found at Therasia should be definite stops within your holiday. There is also a rich history attached to Santorini and some settlements stretch back as far as the Minoan civilisation. Two sites that will be of great interest to history buffs include the ancient city of Akrotiri and the excavations currently taking place at Thera.
Another very common excursion is to spend an afternoon walking amongst the white homes found along the coastline between Fira and Oia. These structures are able to catch the blazing rays of the sun above and offer immortal reflections. Most have roofs painted with a rich turquoise colour; an excellent photo opportunity.
If you happen to be a fan of good wine, never miss a chance to visit the wineries of Venetsanos and Santo. Guided tours are available and even if you plan on arriving with children, the scenery alone is worth spending a day or two before moving one.
The largest towns on Santorini are Pyrgos Kallistis and Oia. There are numerous shops, cafes and restaurants to be experienced. Even if your intention is to view the volcanic nature of this island, you would be remiss to not enjoy a night or two on the town.
Much like Greece, Santorini can be visited at any time during the year. A drop-off in tourism dictates that this island is rather bereft of visitors when compared to a few years in the past. Summer ticket prices could still be slightly higher than those associated with the autumn or the spring.