This island is a true gem. A small spot on the map that has made anyone who has ever been there talk about a lifetime experience. Beauty like no other. Santorini with the volcano and a rare seductiveness, is certainly one of the most photographed and famous islands, not only in the Cyclades but in the whole country. It is considered one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, with people from the four corners of the earth visiting it to admire its grandeur.
Historically, Thira, as it is also known, is first mentioned as Strogili (round) due to its shape. This big island that along with the two neighbouring ones, Therasia and Aspronisi formed a magnificent complex, was partly sank after a massive volcano eruption in the end of the 17th century B.C. Another eruption followed around 1950. Nowadays, the island is inextricably connected to the volcano, the Caldera is found in all the lists featuring the most striking landscapes on the planet, while its geomorphological characteristics are considered unique.
Oia, Fira, Ammoudi, Imerovigli and Firostefani, as well as charming villages, such as Pyrgos and Megalochori are only a few samples of the superb settlements you will discover. There are also beaches to suit all tastes, many choices regarding entertainment, but also countless different images and landscapes that will be engraved in your memory forever. It is not by chance that this particular island stands out for its aura and eroticism, and for the fact that after you visit it once you never forget it.
However, apart form the sights, settlements, villages and beaches, Santorini is also famous in terms of gastronomy. Fava, white aubergines, cherry tomatoes, capers and caper leaves, as well as melitinia (sweet cheese tartlets) and the koufeto sweet (with almonds and honey) are some of the local products that are sought after and considered to be exquisite. Great chefs and cooks have drawn inspiration from the local products and have managed to make Santorini a popular culinary destination. Wine plays an equally important role. The vineyards in Santorini, thanks to the volcanic soil produce wines that have received prestigious awards and are recognized worldwide. The most famous local wines are Nichteri (white), Vinsanto (sweet white or red, it was used by the Orthodox Church in Russia in communion) and Brusco.