Santorini is one of the most famous summer vacation destinations in the world, what makes it stand out from the rest though? Keep on reading to find out!
Why you won’t forget your summer vacation in Santorini.
Greece is one of the most famous vacation destinations in the world and for good reasons:
The country is well known for its amazing natural beauty and rich history and culture. Not all destinations in this amazing country were created equal however, and some definitely stand out.
Santorini, a beautiful island in the Cyclades island complex in the Aegean sea, is one of the most visited places in Greece. Hundreds of thousands of tourists visit this island each year and choose to spend their vacation time there.
Now, you may have heard of Santorini already, but do you know what makes it so special ? Well, let’s find out!
What makes Santorini so special is definitely the island’s natural beauty. The island i its current state, was formed after one of the most terrible volcanic eruptions, that took place more than 3.600 years ago.
Before the eruption,the island used to be pretty much round ( its name was Stroggyli which means round in Greek ), but the eruption destroyed most of it, and a gorgeous caldera was formed. Many houses and hotels are built on the edge of the caldera providing unique views.
The island’s capital Fira, and the village of Oia are constantly voted among the most beautiful destinations in the world. Santorini ( also called Thera ) is also known all over the world for its beautiful sunsets as well as its unique black sand beaches.
Santorini has a very rich history, and is home to one of the oldest, and most advanced prehistoric settlements in the world, the city of Akrotiri, which was preserved in almost perfect condition thanks to the volcanic poultice and ash, that covered it during the prehistoric eruption.
Another site worth visiting, is the island of Nea Kameni which is essentially a still active ( though currently dormant ) volcano, and one of Europe’s most important geological parks. There is another ancient city on the island, which is calles Ancient Thera, and is hidden on the top of the mountain between perissa and Kamari.
There are many traditional villages on the island, like Megalochori, Pyrgos and Emboreio. In Fira ( the island’s capital ) you can also visitthe archaeological museum, which features exhibits found in Akrotiri, including some very famous and gorgeous murals.
Luxury hotels and vibrant nightlife
Santorini has become a very popular destination with Hollywood stars, and fashion models and its famous for its nightlife.It is also a home for some very luxurious hotels and resorts, and villas with private pools perched on the edge of the caldera.
How to get to Santorini
Santorini is one of the most popular summer vacation destinations in Europe, and the world in general, which is why there are many flights every day to the island’s airport.
You can also get to Santorini by boat from Piraeus port, ( near Athens ) and from most of the other islands. Even if the island is rather small, there are so many places one should visit, in order to trully discover it. Unless you want to rely on local buses, a rental car Santorini is the best solution.
We, at Santorinieasyrent, a Santorini car rental company located in Santorini, can help you choose the right car for your vacation so you can really explore the amazing island of Santorini !