Santorini, one of the Greek Isles, is the number one vacation destination in Europe and the number two island destination worldwide. No surprise there, as Santorini boasts beautiful beaches and architecture, a rich ancient history, volcanoes and hot springs, and wonderful bright, sunny weather from April to October. Located on the Aegean Sea, about 63 miles north of Crete, Santorini can be reached from most international airports via Athens (with a flying time of approximately 40 minutes).
Besides catching a few rays, there is a lot for a culture-seeking tourist to do and see on the island. The ancient city of Akrotiri is called the prehistoric Pompeii of the Aegean, and is the most important archaeological site on the island. There is also an archeological museum in Fira, the island’s capital, which displays many works of art which represent the island’s rich culture and history. There are also many wineries to visit, and tourists can attend wine tastings featuring Santorini’s exquisite wines from the island’s famed vineyards.
Beach-goers can expect unique scenery and surroundings by the sea. Santorini’s beaches have white, black, or red sand, and are scattered with blank shining pebbles. These breathtaking beaches are incredibly exotic and posses an unusual tropical beauty. Perissa and Perivolos are the island’s most famous beaches, and together they form the longest black sanded beach on the island. Hotels and restaurants tend to line the beaches, and tourists can expect most beaches to offer lounge chairs, umbrellas and water sport activities.
It has been said that the sunsets in Santorini are the best in the world. I, for one have definitely put Santorini on my list of future vacation destinations, and I cannot wait to check out a sunset. For more information, feel free to check out www.santorini.net.