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Santorini Greece Map & Santorini Travel Information, Sightseeing, Museums, Ferries to Santorini Greece


Santorini, Greece
GENERAL SANTORINI GREECE TRAVEL INFORMATION:

Introduction

Santorini Cyclades Greece
Santorini is considered one of the most cosmopolitan and picturesque islands in Greece and its unique beauty has rendered it into one of the most popular holiday spots in the world. A visit to Santorini Greece is a one-of-a-kind experience. Santorini is situated in the southern part of the Cyclades cluster and is the most well-known island in the group. The island of Santorini has several major tourist resorts: Fira, Oia, Imerovigli, and Kamari. The island was created from a succession of volcanic eruptions that took place thousands of years ago, and thus has a unique morphology with black volcanic sands, deep blue waters, and rugged cliffs. Due to the volcanic nature of the region, the Santorini landscape is colored in shades of brown, red, black, and gray. During winter, Santorini is a tranquil place. When the summer months arrive, Santorini is the hotspot of Greek tourism, attracting thousands of visitors from all over the world.

Santorini Island Greece Area / Population / Capital:
The island of Santorini occupies an area of 76 sq. km, it has 9,650 inhabitants and its capital is the lovely settlement of Fira.

Attractions & Sightseeing in Santorini Greece

Sightseeing in Santorini Greece:
Santorini Greece is the perfect place for amateur archaeologists and history buffs. While in Santorini, we suggest visiting: 

  • The traditional houses, the two Cathedrals, the Venetian “Gizi” Manor, the "Bellonio" Cultural Center in Fira
  • The spectacular Minoan Settlement and the Venetian Castle in Akrotiri
  • The quadrangular tower and the Church of Agios Nikolaos Marmaritis in Emporio
  • The Monastery of Agios Nikolaos, the Church of Agios Georgios, and the Venetian Castle "Skaros" in Imerovigli
  • The Byzantine Church of Episkopi and the winery of the Volkan Company in Kamari
  • The Church of Panagia Isodion and the Boutaris Winery in Megalohori
  • The neoclassical buildings and the settlement of Vothonas in Messaria
  • The Castle, the Church of Panagia Platsani and the windmills in Oia
  • Ancient Thira, the Church of Agios Stefanos and the Monastery of Perissa in Perissa
  • The Church of Theotokaki, the Monastery of Prophet Elias, the Santo Winery and the houses that surround the medieval fortress "Kasteli” in Pirgos
  • The relics of the ancient cemetery, and the churche of Agia Matrona in Phinikia
  • The churches on the island of Thirassia
 

Museums in Santorini Greece:
During your holiday in Santorini, you should definitely visit:

  • The Archaeological and Folklore Museum in Fira
  • The Maritime Museum in Oia

Natural Sites in Santorini Greece:
Don't miss going on a day trip to Nea Kameni Island and the Caldera to admire the volcano from up close and swim in the warm surrounding waters.

Sports / Recreation in Santorini Greece
If you have a boat you can visit the volcano, the islands of Thirassia, Palea Kameni and Nea Kameni. You can dock and refuel in Vlychada. For malfunctions, you can call the following number: +30 22860 22239.

Entertainment in Santorini Greece
Santorini Greece is packed with wonderful traditional tavernas and cafes that overlook the Caldera and the Aegean. More lively nightlife can be found in Fira and Kamari.

Local Events in Santorini Greece:

  • The Festival of Agios Epifanios on May 12, the Festival of Agia Theodosia on May 29, the Festival of Metamorphossis on August 6, and the Festival of Panagia on August 15 in Akrotiri
  • The Festivals of Panagia of Episkopi on August 15 and the cultural events during August in Kamari
  • The Festival of Agii Anargiri on July 1 and the Festival of Panagia on August 15 in Megalohori
  • The Festival of Agios Ioannis on July 24 in Monolithos
  • The Festival of Agios Georgios on August 23 and the Festival of Panagia on September 8 in Oia
  • The Festivals of Agios Ioannis on August the 29, the Festival of Panagia on August 15, the Festival of Timios Stavros on September 8 in Perissa
  • The cultural events during September in Pirgos

Major Towns / Cities / Villages in Santorini Greece
Fira, Santorini Greece
The beautiful town of Fira lies on the western side of the island of Santorini Greece. The traditional architecture, the whitewashed houses, the stone-paved narrow alleyways and the magical view of the sunset and the surrounding islets create one of the most stunning settings.

Imerovigli, Santorini Greece
Imerovigli is a very picturesque settlement that offers exquisite views of the golden sunset and the sea. It’s no wonder it’s called the balcony of Santorini. The traditional village that has been declared a preserved area, is a quiet and peaceful resort.

Kamari, Santorini Greece
Kamari is a modern tourist center, full of newly-built houses, verdant spots and a superb black, sandy beach. There is a good selection of bars, clubs, traditional tavernas and restaurants creating the ultimate setting for great vacations. Ancient Thira is located within walking distance from Kamari.

Oia, Santorini Greece
Oia is one of the most renowned tourist resorts of the island of Santorini Greece. The settlement of Oia offers magnificent views of the Aegean Sea and the sunset and enchants visitors with its magical atmosphere. In Oia you can find anything you desire for your entertainment and dining, from atmospheric bars at the rim of the cliff to traditional-style ouzeries and tavernas. There also a couple of quiet beaches at close proximity, mostly frequented by locals.

Perissa, Santorini Greece
Perissa is a cosmopolitan tourist settlement, famous for its dazzling black beach and dark waters that lap the sands. Visitors have a variety of waterfront restaurants, tavernas, bars and clubs at grasp, composing the ideal setting for a relaxing and enjoyable vacation.

ALSO:
Island of Thirassia
Opposite the village of Oia is the scenic islet of Thirassia. Due to its volcanic nature, this picturesque island is full of rugged coasts and untrodden spots.

Transportation in Santorini Greece
By Ferry Boat:
From Piraeus Port and Thessaloniki Port, ferry boats depart for Athinios Port in Santorini Greece, all year round, but more frequently during the summer. The voyage from Piraeus Port to Santorini Port takes 8 hours and 30 minutes. Speedboats to Santorini depart from Rafina Port, as well. Santorini is also connected to the Cyclades Islands, the Dodecanese Islands, the Islands of the NE Aegean, Crete and Skiathos.

Santorini Greece Sea Travel Information:

  • Piraeus Port: +30 210 4226000 to 03
  • Santorini Port: +30 22860 22239
  • Rafina Port: +30 22940 22487 or +30 22940 22300
  • Thessaloniki Port: +30 2310 531505

By Airplane:
From the Athens Airport “Eleftherios Venizelos” in Spata, there are flights to the Santorini Airport all year round. The flight lasts approximately 50 minutes. Santorini Airport is located 8 km from Fira.

Santorini Greece Air Travel Information:

  • Santorini Airport: +30 22860 31525
  • Olympic Airways in Athens: +30 210 966-6666
  • Olympic airways in Santorini: +30 22860 22493
 

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