Ammoudi is a small harbor right below Oia, with some of the best sea food restaurants on the island. It is picturesque and offers beautiful views of the sunset and the island of Thirassia. If you walk along the path by the restaurants, you will end up at a magical place for swimming.
Acrotiri is a village in the southern part of the island which was covered by volcanic ashes for 3.500 years following the massive eruption of 1450 B.C. The site was excavated 50 years ago and revealed the remnants of a rich highly developed civilization with infrastructure which included two storey buildings, roads, places for rituals, drains, toilets and a multitude of pots and unique frescoes, most nearly intact.
Apart from Acrotiri, Santorini’s history from the time of prehistoric volcanic eruption until the present has been rich and varied. Ancient Thera at the top of the highest mountain of the island, apart from a unique view of the whole island, reveals the remnants of its ancient civilization between 800 B.C. and the early Christian period, with variety of buildings, a theatre, a church transformed from a temple and many other sights.
Greece is famous for its Open Air Cinemas, where one can watch a film under the stars. Every Greek has grown up going to open air Cinemas. Lovers of them ourselves, we have been to many, all around Greece. We are very proud to say that the Open Air Cinema in Kamari is one of the top 5 open air cinemas in Greece!
The sunset of Santorini is world famous. The sun sets in the sea forming spectacular colors and artistic shapes in the sky. The Sunset is one of the important attractions of the island with cars and coaches driving to the areas which get the best and most romantic view.
Due to its volcanic soils, Santorini’s wines have survived the wine epidemics that hit Europe in the last century and, therefore, it is perhaps the most unique wine region in the world with historical vineyards and wines . Its special soil as well as scarcity of water stresses the vines and compels them to produce extraordinary grapes.
Santorinian food is a fine sample of Mediterannean cuisine, enriched by its quality and delicious local products. Cherrie tomatoes, Caper and Caper leaves, White Aubergines, Fava, “Chloro” cheese are some its delicacies that you can find in both local tavernas traditionally cooked as well as harmoniously blended in modern dishes in the numerous elegant restaurants of the island.
The villages of Megalochori, Pyrgos, Finikia and Emporio are all traditional Santorinian villages that connect the island’s past and present. Having kept, in the most part, their traditional architecture, they are picturesque and different from each other, each with is unique spot to visit, definitely worth a walk.
A must in Santorini is a boat tour to visit the volcanic remnant islands of Palaia and Nea Kameni, Aspronissi, and across Thirassia. The view of Santorini from the sea level is beyond words! There are many different companies organizing such tours.
If you are visiting the Lighthouse at the south of the island, apart from enjoying the beautiful view of the Volcano complex from a different angle, look south at the rocks and you will see the profile of an American Indian carved by nature on the rocks of the cliff.