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Wine tastings

If you wish to discover Santorini, you must test the wines.
These are particularly famous on the island of Santorini and you can enjoy them in bars, restaurants or during a tasting.
Here, the culture of the vine and the production of wine is omnipresent: it is an integral part of the interior landscape of the island of Santorini in the Cyclades in Greece.

Santorini wine

The wines that are popular are dry whites and reds, the most famous of which is the famous Vinsanto de Santorini (PDO Santorini).
Both come from the Assyrtiko grape variety.
Many tastings are offered on the island of Santorini in Greece.
Thus, a dozen local vineyards welcome you to try their products.
Generally, you can test Greek cuisine at the same time …

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The emblematic wines of Santorini

Here, white, red wines and Vin Santo are to be discovered. Find information about Santorini wines.

Santorini vineyards

Known for its local grape varieties, the cultivation of vines is a tradition in Santorini. The landscapes of the interior of the island remind us of this: Santorini carries with it a great wine tradition … Take advantage of your visit to discover the vineyards of Santorini.

For the view

If you prefer the view to wine …
Some sites also offer an incredible view: this is the case for Santowines, Pyrgos …
The must: treat yourself to a sunset tasting… Santo Wines is then a good option.

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Sunset at Akrotiri lighthouse

Akrotiri lighthouse

A little bit of History
Located in the far southwest of the island of Santorini, the Akrotiri lighthouse is considered one of the most beautiful lighthouses in the Cyclades.
Built by a French company in 1892, it is one of the first lighthouses in Greece. Having stopped working during the Second World War, the lighthouse was rebuilt by the Greek navy in 1945. Automatic since 1988, the lighthouse is still in working order.

Akrotiri spot at sunset
This is one of the best spots to watch the sunset in “nature” mode. If the place is known for its sunset, the crowds are much lower than in Oia or Fira. You therefore benefit from a superb spot, relatively isolated and easily accessible.

Getting to the Santorini lighthouse
At the end of the road, park your vehicle and continue on foot for around 200-300 meters. At the foot of the cliff, take the path on your left then choose your spot!

Some will choose to position themselves near the lighthouse, which is protected by a fence.
Others will prefer to climb a little and have a bird’s eye view of the lighthouse and the Aegean Sea …
The site is worth the detour and the views are top!

Santorini lighthouse in photos

Santorini lighthouse in photos
Here are some pictures of the Akrotiri lighthouse at sunset. The site is pleasant and less popular than Oia, Fira … The view of the Aegean Sea is breathtaking: enjoy!

The sunset in Santorini

Apart from the Akrotiri lighthouse, there are other places where you can admire the sunset view. Thus, you will enjoy from different sites on the caldera side. Find all the info on our page dedicated to sunsets in Santorini!

Akrotiri ?

Akrotiri in Santorini ? Thinking of exploring the historic site?
It is also a site to see !!! And we talk about it on the dedicated page.

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What is Caldera?

The Caldera of Santorini

What is a Caldera ?

It is a giant volcanic crater that can measure several kilometers in diameter.

What is it in Santorini?

It is the bay bounded by the various volcanic islands of the Santorini archipelago.
Concretely, the Caldera of Santorini consists of a submerged caldera surrounded by cliffs.

How is it formed?

The calderas appear with the subsidence of the central part of the volcanoes, in particular because of the collapse of the magma chambers which empty during the eruptions.

To clarify, you will find this complete definition extracted from Wikipedia: “A caldera is a vast circular or elliptical depression, generally of a kilometer order, often with a flat bottom, located in the heart of certain large volcanic buildings and resulting from an eruption which empties the underlying magma chamber. “

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How to observe the caldera ?

First of all, and if you like hiking, you can observe it from the circuit connecting Oia and Fira! The view is breathtaking.
All the villages on this side are also a good point of view.
Finally, many boat trips (like those towards the volcano) also allow you to realize what the Santorini caldera is!

More info

Do you want to know more about the Santorini volcano?
We will not forget that all the information is on the page dedicated to the volcano.

How to get to the volcano?
Many outings allow you to visit the volcano! Find the excursions and book.

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Driving on the island of Santorini

Traveling on the island of Santorini is quite easy because all the services are available for tourists to come. You can therefore, according to your desires and budgets, circulate by rental car or quad, bus, taxi …

Option 1 : Travel by bus

The buses connect the various points of the island. The main station is located in Fira and tickets are taken directly on the bus.
Buses will take you to Kamari, Perissa, Fira, Oia, Akrotiri and Red Beach…

Practical informations

Bus timetables for Santorini
The island of Santorini is served by local buses.
Find the local bus timetables on the page : https://ktel-santorini.gr/index.php/en/services-eng/timetable-eng

Option 2 : Rent a vehicule

Here you can easily rent a vehicle: motorcycle, quad or car!
Indeed, there are rental companies practically on every street corner.
Driving on the island is fairly simple, but we are advised to be careful.
The locals are used to it, the tourists less and the roads are relatively narrow.
Your rental company will probably provide you with a map of the island, but the GPS option is often the most practical.

Option 3 : Circulate in taxis and shuttles

You can easily find a taxi or shuttle.
The main station is located in Fira near the bus station.
It is by the bus stops that you will find most of the taxis on the island and in particular in Oià, Kamari …
Of course, various shuttles and taxis also await you at strategic points such as the airport (located not far from Kamari) and the ports.

Advice for traveling on the island

If you stay for a week, rent a car for a day when you arrive (the next day).
Take a tour of the island to discover the whole and see what you will like afterwards.
Then and during the rest of the stay, you can easily get there by bus.
Except for July and August when the buses are crowded, the bus system is pleasant and practical.

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Locate Santorini

Locate Santorini island

To locate Santorini is first to head towards Europe, and more precisely in the Cyclades in Greece.
If the cities of Oia and Fira are the best known, other cities and villages will charm you!
In addition, the island is easy to visit: Oia and Fira are to the west, the beaches are rather to the south and all over the eastern part …
Santorini covers an area of ​​76.19 km2 (18 km long and 12 km wide).

Where is the Cyclades

Thus Santorini is located in the Cyclades in Greece.
But where is it located?

Where are the Cyclades ?
The Cyclades (Kykaccal) is an archipelago of Greece.
Located in the South of the Aegean Sea, the Cyclades have about 250 islands and islets of which about twenty are inhabited. The Cyclades form a circle around the sacred island of Delos.

Where is the Aegean Sea located?

Where is the Aegean Sea located?
The Aegean Sea is an inland sea of ​​the Mediterranean basin.
Concretely, it is located between Europe and Greece in the West, and between Asia and Turkey in the East.

Why is it called the Aegean Sea?
The story of the Aegean Sea is one we like to tell …
In practice, we find it summarized on Wikipedia:
“It would come from the legend of king Aegean who, in Greek mythology, would have committed suicide during the return of Crete from his son Theseus. The sailors had to put white sails on their ships if Theseus came back alive, and black if he had perished during his duel against the Minotaur. However, the crew, drunk with joy and wine, forgot this promise. When the boats returned, Aegean believed that her son was dead and, overcome with pain, he killed himself by throwing himself into the sea. ”

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Visit Akrotiri in Santorini

Akrotiri in Santorini

Among the activities offered on the island of Santorini in Greece, Akrotiri is one of the sites to discover!
In addition, Red Beach is right next door. Also, take the opportunity to visit the 2 sites!

More info on Akrotiri

Concretely, Akrotiri is a city belonging to the civilization of the Cyclades, with a strong Minoan influence.
In practice, it is located south of the island of Santorini.

Go to the Akrotiri site
On the one hand, you can access it by car / quad.
On the other hand, the site is accessible by taking the bus from Fira.
Indeed, Akrotiri is located near the terminus of the Akrotiri / Fira line and not far from the Red Beach (about 1km).

Akrotiri prices
In practice, the visit is chargeable: 12 euros for adults.
Since you want to visit other sites (Ancient Thira or the museums of the island), you can save money by choosing a pass.

Opening time
In summer, the site is generally open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day except Thursday (thus, on Thursday, the place is open until 3 p.m.).
In addition, the visit is also possible in winter since Akrotiri is also open.
In short, you will find the timetables on odysseus.culture.gr.

Do not miss
Finally and at the end of the journey, a film allows you to visualize the life of the time!
Take the time to find out, the experience will only be better …

Some photos of the visit

Finally, I let you discover the place with some photos of Akrotiri’s visit …

Find out more about Akrotiri

Brief history of the site

“The small Neolithic village developed gradually at the start of the Bronze Age (3rd millennium BC).
It is an essential urban center in intra-Aegean transactions.
After a first volcanic eruption, the port city of the Middle Bronze Age emerges.
Thus, its maritime trade then extended far beyond the Aegean Sea: to the eastern Mediterranean.
In practice, the remains of impressive buildings with rich content and the city’s wastewater treatment system bear witness to its influence.

Then, shortly after the middle of the 17th century BC. AD (late Bronze Age), an earthquake destroyed the city again.
It is rebuilt with more impressive public and private buildings.
To the extent that the desire to promote their social status by decorating their homes with exquisite murals is indicative of the mentality of wealthy citizens.
We will not forget that this society was hit by another earthquake, just before the volcano erupted at the end of the 17th century BC. J.-C ..
The city’s burial under thick layers of pumice and volcanic ash has trapped society’s image forever. “

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Santorini, Spots for photographers

Want to photograph Santorini?

First of all, the photographers can only fall in love with the island of Santorini in the Cyclades in Greece!
It was very often one of the images that made Greece shine beyond its borders.
In short, the spots are very very numerous and you will undoubtedly find many places to photograph.
Concretely, here are some essential spots for amateur or professional photographers visiting the island of Santorini:

  • on the one hand, make the detour through the emblematic city of Oia: Three blue domes, the sunsets,
  • on the other hand, walk the streets of the capital Fira: the city of Fira (near Mama Thira Taverna), Three Bells of Fira, the white roofs, the view of the Caldera …
  • In addition, take the time to go to the small picturesque towns: Pyrgos, Imerovigli
  • Finally, transport yourself to unusual landscapes: Red Beach and the surroundings of the volcano…

Photographers, find the photo spots of Santorini

The spots are numerous and you will see them in all colors:
White and blue is omnipresent on the island: chapels, houses, flag …
The beaches display red, white or black colors.
The surroundings of the volcano and other landscapes of the island also offer astonishing contrasts.

Many photographers offer their services on the island.
During your stay, you can be photographed
or opt for a tour suitable for pixel lovers (the “good spots”).
Ask before, some periods are very popular.

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Assassin’s Creed Odyssey

The Assassin’s Creed Odyssey game

The Assassin’s Creed Odyssey game was released in early October 2018 and it takes us to Greece!
The map includes all of Greece and its islands.
Additionally, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey’s first dlc is Atlantis.

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, the trailer

What does this have to do with Santorini?

The Myth of Atlantis and the history of Santorini are linked.
Indeed, some locate Atlantis in Santorini in Greece.
Thus, Santorini is the rest of a larger island, which was called Thera.
It was destroyed by the eruption of the Santorini volcano.
This hypothesis is often controversial, but the fact remains that it linked Atlantis and Santorini forever!

Assassin’s Creed game links

Assassin’s Creed is a creation of Ubisoft, a video game development, publishing and distribution company.
Concretely, the company has released many games: Assassin’s Creed of course but also Far Cry, Rainbow Six, Splinter Cell, Watch Dogs…
To find out more, visit the official website dedicated to Assassin’s Creed: assassinscreed.ubisoft.com

Some tips for playing

Assassin’s Creed takes you to Atlantis. Here are some tips!

  • How to get into Atlantis assassins’s creed odyssey?
    Many sites show you the way. You will find it for example on this one: http://www.jeuxvideo.com/wikis-soluce-astuces/936648/comment-trouver-l-atlantide.htm
    “On Thera, one of the volcanic islands of the game, you will have to examine the area with the help of the eagle to take the ancient paintings. Then follow the rays of light leading you to a large stone door. The video below will help you follow the right path »
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Oia Fira Hike

Hiking

The hike between Oia and Fira offers unique viewpoints!
It is often described as one of the essential activities when discovering the island of Santorini in the Cyclades in Greece.
And, indeed, the view is incredible: you will appreciate …

Some pictures

First, find some photographs of the Oia – Fira hike.
This will give you an overview.

How is the hike?

If you want to make the circuit connecting Oia and Fira, here are some tips.
First, choose your starting point: Oia or Fira.
Then opt for a short circuit or the full course.
Keep in mind that Fira and Oia are served by buses, so it’s easy to get back to the starting point.

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If you want to make the circuit connecting Oia and Fira, here are some tips.
First, choose your starting point: Oia or Fira.
Then opt for a short circuit or the full course.
Keep in mind that Fira and Oia are served by buses, so it’s easy to get back to the starting point.

Option 1: One hour walk
You are not really a hiker, why not go for a walk …
Thus, you will enjoy the splendid views while discovering either Fira and Imerovigli if you choose this portion or Oia…

Option 2: 2 to 3 hour hike from Oia to Fira
If you opt for option 2, prepare your cameras, water and sunscreen !!!
Between 9 and 12 kms await you with a lot of splendid panoramas…

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Santorini volcano party

The Ifestia (volcano) festival in september

The Ifestia (volcano) festival in September
It’s the big volcano party: the Ifestia Festival is dedicated to the eruption of the Santorini volcano in the Cyclades in Greece!
Each year, this is how the volcano is celebrated, adorned with 1000 lights of fireworks …

More info on the volcano party

What date does this party take place?
The Ifestia Festival takes place mid September from 8:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
On the program: reconstruction of the famous Minoan eruption using fireworks.

How and where can we enjoy the show?
The show is visible from Fira, Imerovigli… in short, all the places with a view of the volcano.
In practice, you can attend from the streets but also from bars, restaurants …
However, be aware that the show is quite popular so it is better to be there a little early.
Finally, be aware that different formulas allow you to attend this party from the water.

How long does the firework last?
Generally, the fireworks are drawn after dark.
The show takes place over thirty minutes.
And, it must be admitted, the show is worth the detour.

Where can we find info on this festival?
Find more information on the rove.me website.

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