In recent years, Santorini, Greece has become one of the best-loved tourist destinations in the Aegean Sea. Why should you choose to visit Santorini instead of the many other beautiful Greek islands that are popular among tourists?
Visiting Santorini, Greece
The Journey to Santorini
Although Santorini itself has an airport, I strongly recommend taking the option to fly into Athens and then take the ferry from Pireaus into Santorini.
The reason? The three-hour sea journey will give you some quality time to relax and take in the refreshing sea air. In addition to this, you will have the added chance for early photo opportunities and sightseeing as you sail past other popular Greek islands.
The historians among you will know that Santorini was once an active volcano, before a cataclysmic eruption thousands of years ago wiped out a lot of ancient Greek civilisations. While there is no potential for seeing the breath-taking sight that is a volcanic eruption in the modern era, Palea Kameni and Nea Kameni are both small, uninhabited islands created by small volcanic eruptions beneath the sea.
There are regular trips offered to these islands, with local tour guides extremely knowledgeable and informative when it comes to the history of Santorini, Greece.
Culture and Cuisine
Due to the Greek economic crisis, many skilled chefs, bartenders, and hoteliers have forsaken the opportunity to head to the mainland and have instead stayed loyal to their island roots. The food and wine, as well as the overall cultural experience, on Santorini is among the best any of the Greek islands has to offer. Due to the popularity of Santorini, Greece as a destination for romantic holidays, including weddings and honeymoons, some of the best experiences are to be found on the island.
Sunset and Panoramic Views
The sunset as viewed from the Western side of Santorini is one of the most stunning anywhere on Earth. It is no coincidence that many beachfront bars, restaurants and coffee houses fill up in Santorini as sunset approaches; it really has to be seen to be truly appreciated.
There are also several hotels with terraces, balconies, and even relaxing Jacuzzis that offer stunning views as the sun sets over the distant Mediterranean Sea.
Therasia is a small island to the west of Santorini, separated from the island only by the two volcanic islands we mentioned earlier. Therasia was once a part of Santorini before they became separated in the aforementioned volcanic eruption. Today, only a few hundred people live on Therasia, and is a popular destination for ferry trips from Santorini, Greece, either separately or as part of a trip around the two smaller volcanic islands.