A blue-white dome and a belfry on Santorini island with the blue sea of the Aegean in the background.
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Santorini

Island in South Aegean
Also called:
  • Thira
  • Thera
  • Santorin FR
  • Shèng tuō lǐ ní ZH
Why visit Santorini?
  • Local dishes, superb wines, fine beaches, & best views, create a lifetime experience.
  • Santorini Caldera composes one of the most breathtaking landscapes in the world.
  • Distinctive island that attracts annually over 2 million tourists.

Attractions, sights & Things to Do on Santorini

Starting Point: Firá Town, Capital of Santorini

Firá Town, Capital of Santorini

Central settlement with a majestic view, located on the edge of the Caldera, approximately 250 meters above the sea level.

Santorini's Sunset

The magical moment when the sun produces countless colors by diving in the waters of the Aegean Sea composes the world's most famous sunset.

Santorini Easter Traditions

A genuine and unique experience where the various customs among the villages compose a solemn atmosphere of spiritual devoutness.

Winery «Santo Wines»

One of the biggest wineries of Santorini that composes an unforgettable experience combining the wine tasting with great island views.

Nea Kameni Volcanic Park

Formed by an active volcano, it is located in the middle of the Cardera and is the newest piece of land in the Mediterranean Sea.

Ifestia (Volcano) Festival

The fireworks festival that commemorates the volcanic eruption through a representation of the event with countless fireworks.

Palea Kameni Island

Smaller and older volcanic island than Nea Kameni, located in Caldera canter. Visible from Santorini and included in the daily boat cruises.

Ruins of Ancient Thera, Kamari

Archaeological site that corresponds to Santorini's main city during the classical antiquity extending from the 9th century BC until 726 AD.

Oia Town, Santorini

A settlement famous for its landscape and architecture and most significantly for its outstanding sunset the world trademark of Santorini.

Tomato Industrial Museum

Contemporary museum dedicated to the industrial production of the traditional tomato paste before the development of the tourism sector.

Ios

Scenic Cycladic island with a traditional aspect but also famous for endless nightlife that attracts mainly youngsters from all over the world.

Questions & Answers About Santorini

What is Santorini, Greece?

This world-famous Aegean sea Greek island belongs to the cluster of Cyclades. It is located in the southern part of the Aegean Archipelago southwest of Ios and Anafi islands. Its distance from Piraeus is 128 nautical miles and from Crete 63 nautical miles. Nowadays Santorini is one of the most famous tourist destinations worldwide. Throughout the year the island's airport and its port are used by thousands of guests. Santorini is a destination included in many bucket lists and it is not an exaggeration to say that the offered views make it a lifetime experience.

What is the volcano of Santorini?

Santorini is famous for its volcano which is still active although the last volcanic activity was recorded in 1950. It is part of the wider volcanic arc of the Aegean which includes the active volcanos Methana, Milos, and Nisyros. Santorini's volcanos are called, "Nea Kameni" (1707-1711 AD), "Palea Kameni" (46-47AD), and the underwater volcano named Columbo (1650 AD). Historically, the strongest recorded eruption placed in 1613 BC when a large part of Santorini sank, creating the current caldera, while it provoked destructive consequences for the Minoan civilization thrived on the island of Crete.

What does Santorini mean?

The name Thira (as it is also called Santorini island in Greek) derived from the name of the Spartan, who was the first man that populated the island. On the other hand, the name Santorini is a paraphrase of "Santa Irina" and derived from the Frankish crusaders who based their supply dock near the ancient church of Agia Irini. While the prehistoric island's name is mentioned as "Stroggili" which means "round" which refers to the shape of the island before the huge explosion.