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Relax in the warm thermal waters of Nea Kameni, which surrounds the inactive volcano with the same name that gave rise to Santorini, an island in the Aegean Sea, about 200 km from the coast of Greece. Famous for its nightlife, this Greek paradise also attracts tourists with its natural beauty and gorgeous sunsets. The contrast of colors between the white houses with blue domes, the rubin colored sand of the Red Beach and the deep blue Aegean composes an ideal background for your vacation photos, making Santorini a popular destination for romantic getaways. And for those who like to go jet-skiing, windsurfing or diving, there are many suitable places to practice these sports in the waters around the island.
The glamorous Santorini is the largest island in the Cyclades archipelago, which has been inhabited from 3000 A.C. by the Phoenicians and the Dorians. The island is shaped like a curve around a large lagoon due to subsidence of the volcano core.
You can get to Santorini by plane or boat. The two ports, Athinios and Fira, welcome tourists that are moving through the islands in the summer. From the port of Fira, you can get up to the fascinating capital of the island by foot, by donkey, by bus, by taxi or even for the adventurer´s, (more...) by motorbike.
Fira (Thira) is a goblin city from which you can enjoy spectacular panoramic views. It is the commercial center of the island, and also where you'll find the best concentration of hotels, restaurants, bars, clubs and cosmopolitan establishments. At night, sit on a terrace overlooking the famous Caldera and try the delicious sweet wine called Vinsanto. At the same time, backpackers get together to share their experiences in the bars of the two main resorts, Kamari and Perissa.
From Perissa you can climb up the hiking trail that takes you to the well-preserved ruins of ancient Thira. As you climb higher and higher, the fabulous views over the Aegean Sea will be revealed to you before getting to the top, where you’ll find this amazing Roman city.
A boat trip is the best way to get the most of the essence of this paradise island. Santorini is, like many of the Greek islands, a good base for excursions by ferry and catamaran. And if your budget permits it, you can rent a yacht and sail around the islands and discover your own route. One proposal is for an excursion to the small cove of the White Beach, which can only be reached by boat. Also discover the sand of the Red Beach, which owes its name to its iron-rich sedimentary rocks, reachable by boat, but also by car. Or why not visit some of the other nearby islands such as Thirassia, or to go on a slightly longer trip to Athens.
Every evening thousands of people gather to wait for the sunset at the end of Oia, a small charming village, located 11Km north of Fira. Sharing this moment with people from all corners of the world and of all ages will provide a special moment that you will never forget. Gently walk down the long sloping steps of Oia which will take you to the port of Amoudi. This port has many tavernas and restaurants and is an idyllic place to swim.
There are many festivals in Santorini, especially in summer. If you visit the area at this time you might be coinciding with the Jazz Festival, the International Music Festival and the Festival in the Episkopi Gonia, where you can taste the traditional Santorinian Fava (made of yellow peas from Santorini).