Santorini 2022 is one of the most enchanting islands in Greece. It is a rocky island just opposite the volcano, with black and red beaches and its cities hanging on the caldera and the cliffs of the volcano offering unique views and fantastic sunsets.
The island of Santorini has a dramatic beauty in contrast to the lush vegetation and greenery of other islands. The volcano is still active, and the last eruption occurred in 1950, causing an earthquake that destroyed many villages on the island.
Santorini has the only volcano caldera in the world where it is inhabited, this is the main reason for the millions of tourists who visit the island every year.
Unlike other islands in Greece, cities and villages are built on the rocks of the Caldera and from a distance look like snow on very high mountain peaks.
The colored layers of volcanic rock are spectacular in themselves: chocolate brown, rusty red, ocher yellow, white and cream. Geological uniqueness, however, is not the only thing that makes Santorini 2022 a magical holiday destination.
The enchanting sunset of Santorini 2022
Many have read about the spectacular sunset that occurs on this island and the skeptic may wonder if the sunset can actually appear differently here and not from the neighboring islands of Naxos or Ios and Anafi.
However, the sunset in Santorini, from the Caldera, is really a magical painting with the volcano as a backdrop.
The colors change from deep red to yellow to orange and purple, as the sun sinks in the Aegean and turns golden red reflecting light on the sea and the surrounding islands.
Sights of Santorini 2022
Ancient Thira is located at the top of the Southeastern peak of the highest mountain of Santorini, Profitis Ilias, just above Kamari. There was the ancient settlement of Thira. There is also a small church from 1100, the area was used by the Romans as an administrative center.
The road that leads to the top starts from the southern end of the bay in Kamari at the foot of the mountain. Those who have a good energy reserve can walk to the top following the winding road. the ascent takes about 45 minutes, but the easiest way is to get up by car or take a minibus that makes the route from Kamari.
In the parking lot you will find a canteen, benches and a car park. From Ancient Thira there is a stunning view over the east coast of Santorini and the coastal resorts of Kamari and Perissa. If you plan to walk or drive, it is a good idea to get there before 11 in the morning, before many tourists arrive.
Visit Oia and Fira
In Oia you will have the best sunsets, also Oia and Fira are excellent cities for walking and shopping. In Fira there is a folklore museum, the fortress from the Middle Ages, two Dioceses, one Catholic and one Orthodox.
In the city of Fira you can go to the church of Ag. Minas, which is the church you will see in many postcards of Santorini.
If you go to Fira in September, there is a famous classical music festival every year. You should also visit the old capital, Pyrgos.
Akrotiri is an ancient city that was buried underground when the volcano erupted 3,500 years ago. The buildings are in very good condition and we can say that it is Pompeii of Greece. The archeological site of Akrotiri is one of the best in Greece, you are under a canopy and visitors can walk over the ruins on bridges that allows you to get better view and photographs.
What to do in Santorini 2022
There are tennis courts in Kamari and Karterados. In Perissa there is mini golf, water park, go kart and roller skating. In Fira and Kamari there are volleyball and basketball courts. There are also many places to go cycling.
Many enjoy the approximately two hours walk from Imerovigli to Fira, which is a very beautiful experience, but make sure you have water with you, although today the two cities with Firostefani in the middle are almost connected.
The night life is concentrated in Kamari, Perissa and Fira. Do not forget the famous wineries of the island, where you can visit and taste the local wines of Santorini.
It is a good idea to go on one of the trips offered by Santorini tours Santorini 2022. There are trips to the sunset at night, and excursions to the volcano and the islands of Palea Kameni and Thirasia, where there is a small picturesque village.
In Fira you can also visit the Archaeological Museum and the Prehistoric Museum where you can see objects from the excavations in Akrotiri, as well as many sculptural objects that cover the rich in historical past Santorini, from prehistoric time to the Neolithic, Minoan, Hellenistic , Roman and Byzantine time.
The villages of Santorini
The villages of Santorini are only a few kilometers from each other and yet they are all very different. Fira is the realm of markets and nightlife. Oia is the most atmospheric city with picturesque houses and shops. The typical architectures are colorful and always magically placed towards the sea with stairs and views.
Imerovigli is the country where the most beautiful hotels and resorts of the island are located with incredible infinity pools and incredible views of the Caldera. Pyrgos is the stuck in time village of Santorini.