Arkrotiri is located on the southern Caldera side of the island, enjoying gorgeous sunsets , relatively unspoilt with some wonderful seafood restaurants and the stunning Red beach nearby. It is also the region in which the amazing archelogical Akrotiri site of the same name is located, famous as the ancient city was buried under the volcano’s ashes and the pumice preserved the ruins , similar to Pompeii site in Italy. Discovered by archaeologist Spiros Marinatos, it is a fascinating find first uncovered in the sixties, home to some the most important and interesting prehistoric settlements in Santorini. Nowadays, the main village has a large, typical blue domed church in the village centre, with a small selection of shops and traditional eateries. Four impressive beaches are in the area, the Red beach, White beach, Kambia and Actual Akrotiri beach itself, so plenty of choice for swimming and snorkelling. The quaint village of Megalochori is at a short drive away which is full of local charm with a traditional village square offering a selection of traditional tavernas and restaurants.View villas in Akrotiri
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From tasty tomatoes to freshly caught fish, the food is yet another reason to travel to this idyllic island. Dishes served up in Santorini make the most of the fresh local produce. The Vineyards - grape cultivation are famous for the unique taste with the pumice soil offering a rich combination of natural minerals. Also locally grown cherry tomatoes, santorini cucumber., known as Katsouni, fava beans, santorini capers and santorini watermelon, chloro cheese and sweet pies = 'Melitinia' are all renowned for there taste.
5 main restaurants offer a great range of cuisines including traditional tavarnas and sophisticated sea food and specialist fish restaurants.
This is a quiet village, so it is best to go into Thira town for the cafes and bars that stay open until late.
In general, going out in the evening in Santorini is like a fairy tale. Twinkling lights over the Caldera and the reflection of the full moon in the dark waters make for a magical atmosphere.
Fira heads the nightlife section - many bars and cafes are actually on the caldera, whilst others, as well as the large clubs, are tucked into the quaint cobbled streets weaving through the town. Oia for example has some classy cafes & bars, Perissa Perivolos, Kamari have beach bars & clubs, some of which stay open to the late hours...
Many places along the caldera are actually built into rennovated cave houses. There are strict laws about loud music along the caldera, so clubs are either indoors, or surrounded by high walls if they have a courtyard, whereas bars & cafes often have a caldera-volcano view since they shut earlier. Clubs and bar-clubs have guest D.J. appearances during the summer months. They also charge a fee on the door, which includes your first drink. Beach bars are lots of fun, they combine a 'day club scene' with swimsuits, beach volley and happenings. Dress 'light', carry as little as possible, because there is a good chance of getting soaked. Cafes can be found everywhere, the decor is traditional and atmospheric, frappe (iced coffee) is the favourite Greek summer beverage. More often than not, cafes offer snacks.
Thanks to the pumice soil in Santorini which is rich in minerals, the wines of Santorini are prized and very popular.There are nine main vineyards and wineries on Santorini. Santorini's ecological conditions have produced over time a unique type of vine pruning that growers call "kouloura" (curl), because its shape resembles a round basket. The "basket" shaped vines protect the soft and tender grape leaves from being damaged by the island's strong wind and sand.Mainly based on the South of the island, Sigalas Winery is near Oia in the North and three are close to Akrotiri ; the most famous is Boutari, with Galas and Hatzidakis nearby. There are wine tasting excursions on offer that will take you to 4 -5 vineyards and arrange the wine tasting or just pop in and find one you like!
Regular local cruises and excursions boats run to Palea Kameni the tiny islet in the Caldera where you can swim in volcanic hot springs, and peer into the crater of an active volcano and explore the other small island of Thirassia that was part of the original island of Santorini. Catamarans also do day trips to nearby Crete and the small neighbouring island of Ios.
One of the prettiest villages in Santorini is Oia in the north. Mainly pedestrianised, it is the place to go for spectacular sunsets, it does get busy in high season, but walking through the narrow labyrinth streets and often treading on the roofs of houses is an amazing experience.
Another stunning timeless village is Pyrgos,up on a hillside, an old castle and beautiful churches offer 360% views around the whole island with a few local tavernas and shops can be discovered by walking the worn steps throughout the hamlet.
Thira town the Capital is at the centre of the clifftops of the Caldera, full of boutique style shops, cafe bars and a selection of restaurants and tavernas it is fascinating to explore the narrow cobbled street. Best of all, grab a cocktail and watch the sunset with that unique "end of the world" scenery and take plenty of photos.
Akrotiri archeological site is based on a town that was covered in pumice in pre-historic times and was brilliantly preserved. It is a very important site in Greece and well worth a visit.
There are three main castles, the ruins of Oia, the Castle in Pyrgos and the Castelli in Emborio which is small and worth a visit for the pretty streets and views.
Megalochori is a quiet village with towering bell towers and whitewashed cubist houses and streets, where the locals go about their business and the sleepy atmosphere is typical of a cycladic hillside hamlet. Time to rest and relax and soak up the ambience.
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