- We were here: September 27 and October 3, 2017.
- Number of days needed: 1.
- My score: 5/5.
Its real name is Thera, but everyone knows its by the Italian “Santa Irene”. Actually an archipelago made up of several islands, is not more than the upper edge of the old caldera of a volcano, hence its more or less circular shape, which exploded in 1628 or 27 b.c., when the island was already inhabited. The tsunami originated is considered responsible for the disappearance of Minoan civilization in Crete. It remains a region with volcanic activity, with its last eruption in 1950.
Its first name, thousands of years ago, was Kallisté, which meant “the most beautiful”. Although surely there were many nearby islands to discover, there was nothing wrong about that name. A thousand times I would go back to this wonderful island, beautiful at every step, to every balcony on every cliff; I can not believe that it’s been a year since I left. Although perhaps Mykonos‘ architecture rules, the location of the villages of Santorini is unbeatable, it is one of those few places where landscape and human action perfectly marry, where every corner is so photogenic that it makes you want to explore all the lanes in order to find another even more beautiful spot with less people, find a place just for yourself, and in our search it will not matter if we have already passed the same street more than once. Anyone would want to rent one of those accommodations with an infinite terrace (or pool) and be able to teleport there whenever they wanted; the verticality of the cliff with the intense blue of the sea and the white of the villages form a fabulous image. Santorini is the most famous and recognizable Greek island and its world fame is absolutely justified. The strange thing is that there are no other places that have tried to imitate her.
It is true that it’s very hilly, there are many tourists, it is very expensive and the heat is very intense in summer, but in the end, the only bad thing about Santorini is having to leave.
WHAT TO SEE
- OIA, IMEROVIGLI AND FIRA
- WHEN TO GO
- HOW TO GET THERE
- HOW TO MOVE AROUND
- ACCOMMODATION AND RESTAURANTS
- PROBLEMS AND ANNOYANCES