Explore Santorini and find out everything about its impressive sights and long history
Santorini Island is well-known for its crescent-shape Caldera and volcanic islets attracting the interest of most tourists during their holidays in Santorini. Indeed boat tours and daily cruises to the volcano and the hot springs take place daily and some of them even include romantic sunset watching. You may hike up the volcano and then take a dive at the warm therapeutical waters of the hot springs, which is a unique experience. Many of the boats also stop at Thirassia, a serene islet, once part of the main island of Santorini.
Yet there is much more than the volcanic islets and the sunset to see on your holidays in Santorini. Give yourself the chance to visit more of the wonderful Santorini attractions.
The archaeological site of the famous Minoan City in Akrotiri (due to reopen in May 2011) is one of the most important sights of the island. It is believed by many to be connected to the Lost City of Atlantis and has a lot of interesting findings for visitors to admire.
Another impressive archaeological site is the Ancient City of Thira at Mesa Vouno near the settlement of Kamari. It is located in the southeast of the island and you may see a complex of ancient constructions, such as an agora, a stoa, a graveyard and more from the Hellenistic and Roman period.
The island is full of Venetian castles, monasteries, churches and villages worth seeing, such as the remnants of Skaros fortress in Imerovigli, the village of Pyrgos and the 11th century Byzantine Church of Our Lady Panagia Episkopi near Pyrgos.
We also suggest visiting the Archaeological, Folklore and Prehistoric Thira Museums in Fira and the Maritime Museum in Oia Santorini Island. One of the latest arrivals on the island in terms of museums is the Minerals and Fossils museum in Perissa, for those who are interested in this kind of exhibits.