Santorini

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Santorini

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Enjoy the most romantic sunset in Greece

Katikies Suites and Villas

A charming little hotel hanging from the cliff, 100 meters above the dazzlingly blue caldera basin, in the picturesque village of Oia (Ia), the most westerly point of Santorini, 200 meters from the Villa Katikies. Aegean architecture blends past with present in a free form fantasy of stairs, bridges, cubist…
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Mediterranean Royal Hotel

The Mediterranean Royal in Santorini is an ‘A’ Class hotel with possibly the widest range of services and facilities for its official category throughout the island. The hotel is traditionally Aegean in style – the grounds are built on 10 acres of land, and include gardens, terraces and a private beach…
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Perivolas Luxury Hotel

Sophisticated travelers know that Perivolas Traditional Houses is like no other place on earth. This world-class small luxury inn perched on the cliffs high above the Aegean Sea is a romantic hideaway in its own private Garden of Eden.
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Sea Captains House and Boutique Hotel

This hotel is tucked away in a narrow alley in the heart of Oia. The hotel is now a listed building, so there’s no pool, although there is a blue marble ‘Rain Zone’ mega-shower in which to cool off after sunbathing on one of the two terraces.
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Tamarix Del Mar Suites

On the magnificent island of Santorini, at the famous village of Kamari a new idea about hospitality, service, privacy, luxurious vacations became true. TAMARIX del MAR is the ideal place for luxurious and relaxing vacations.
Tamarix Del Mar Suites

Plato believed Santorini to be the location of the lost city of Atlantis, these days it’s regarded as one of the most romantic places on Earth. More than 3,500 years ago the volcanic island of Santorini then known as Thira exploded, sending forth a huge tsunami of colossal magnitude. It is said this earth shattering eruption probably led to the collapse of the Minoan civilization on Crete. At the time this civilisation was at its zenith, the destruction would have been cataclysmic.

Some also suggest that the eruption of Santorin’s volcano unleashed the biblical plagues sent forth against Egypt. The devastating volcanic eruption of Thera has become the most famous single event in the Aegean before the fall of Troy. This may have been one of the biggest volcanic eruptions on Earth in the last few thousand years.

A fortuitous result of this disaster was Santorini itself, one of the most recognisable and breathtaking landscapes in the world. Nearly every Greek postcard is a depiction of a vista in Santorini. This Glamorous Island curves around a giant central lagoon created by the volcanic eruption. The caldera meaning boiling hot cauldron is surrounded by 300m of vertiginous cliffs around the cove. The island slopes dramatically downwards from the precipice to the surrounding azure Aegean Sea. The lagoon is separated from the sea by another much smaller Islet called Therasia.

The spectacular physical beauty of Santorini, along with its dynamic nightlife, makes this a sophisticated enclave for the elegant Athenians and Europeans, Santorini is one of Europe’s tourist hotspots. The Venetian traders who arrived in the 13th century built their homes within the old crater wall rather than on the gentle outer slopes of Santorini, as a result the island looks like a collage of colourful buildings cascading down to the modern harbor.

Fira the capital, a dazzlingly white vision clings to the top of the cliff providing stunning views of the lagoon below, swimming in the warm sulfur pools is a lovely way to pass the time. The volcanic rocks are be speckled with a jade colour gemstone called olivine and a sparkling black mineral hornblende which accounts for the sexy black sands on the beaches of Kamari and Perissa.

Santorini is a hiking and walking paradise. A popular jaunt is walking the caldera path. It starts in Fira and passes through quaint little villages like Fira, Stefani and Imero-Vigli. The whole walk can take up to four hours. For those more interested in excising their eyes a trip in a cable car will carry you down the cliffs.

Oia is a beautiful village best known for its exquisite sunsets; the streets are paved with ancient marble. Here in this delightful village many tourists come and rent a traditional mountain home called an aposcapho.It is a simple dwelling built into the mountainside with all the necessary but rustic accommodation, the equivalent of a Spanish Finca. Many locals come to Oia for the excellent cuisine a typical repast would be fresh fish such as lithrini, tomato kefethas, tzaziki and Greek salad accompanied by a local wine, the island remains the home of a small, but flourishing, wine industry, This is an extremely romantic place that you will cherish forever.

Back in Fira there is an archaeological museum. For a little more culture take the bus and visit the ancient settlement of Akrotiri , the volcanic ash has done a remarkable job of preserving these ruins. After visiting the main archaeological sites there are other small villages to explore such as Pyrgos.At the bus center in Fira tickets can be purchased and there is a schedule posted for the whole island.Pyrgos is quieter than Fira. Here you will find a cathedral situated on the top of a small mountain, which like Santorini itself is utterly charming.