Santorini Greek Island, Greece (Rest of Island)

Sunset Oia Santorini Greece Greek Island
Fantastic Sunset 
in Oia, Santorini, Greece
Greek Food Santorini Greece
Greek Food - Santorini, Greece
Fira Volcano Santorini Greece
Fira & Volcano - Santorini, Greece
Santorini Donkeys Greece
Santorini Donkeys - Greece
Beach Taverina Santorini Greece
Beach Taverina - Santorini, Greece
Greek Dinner Harbor Santorini Greek Islands Greece
Dinner on Harbor 
- Santorini, Greek Islands, Greece
Pat Dunlap Red Beach Santorini Greece
Pat on Red Beach 
- Santorini, Greece
Donkey Fira Santorini Greek Island Greece
Donkies in Fira - Santorini, Greek Island, Greece
Kamari Black Sand Beach Santorini Greece
Kamari Black Sand Beach - Santorini, Greece
Perissa Black Sand Beach Santorini Greece
Perissa Black Sand Beach - Santorini, Greece
Ocean View from Our Hotel Room Kamari Beach Santorini
View from Our Room 
- Kamari, Santorini

Santorini Greek Island (Rest of Island), Greece (5/20-27/2009)

Santorini is one of the great natural wonders of the world. 

We flew Aegean Airlines (nice airline) from Rome to this wonderful island of Santorini. We started our stay on the far side (Aktoyiri), near the famous red beach, where the ancient village is largely like the Greek Islands were many years ago.

We spent most our week in Santorini near ancient Thira on Kamari Beach, the famous black beach lined with restaurants. From there we played and visited by bus most of the other areas of Santorini. Memorable times were: sunset in Oia (and all of beautiful Oia - see our blog post Santorini Greek Island, Greece (Oia Fira & other villages for beautiful photos of Oia), Greek food, wandering amazing villages, beautiful ocean, laying on the beach, meeting new friends, and being lazy.

Fira, Santorini's capital, is a marriage of Venetian and Cycladic architecture, with white cobblestone streets bustling with shops, tavernas, hotels and cafes, while clinging to the rim of the caldera nine hundred feet above the its port. If arriving by sea you can take a cable car up from the port or alternatively take a trip on one of the hundreds of mules up the 588 zigzagging steps.

Oia was our favorite Santorini village and one of the most beautiful settlements in the Mediterranean. The photos tell why - it is lovely! Oia has whitewashed walls sunk into the volcanic rock and blue domes rise above the sterling beauty of the stunning Ammoudi Bay. At dusk, Oia attracts crowds of people visiting Santorini venturing to see the sunset.

Santorini's sunsets, as viewed from Oia (see photo), are reputed to be among the world's most beautiful (see photo - you be the judge). Oia was the setting of the movie Summer Lovers starring Daryl Hannah.

Some history and information... Santorini is one of the great natural wonders of the world. Its main attraction is the landscape and seascape of the island itself.

Santorini is a roughly semicircular island as the result of an enormous volcanic explosion which occurred probably around 1630 BC, literally blowing the top off the island and changing what had been a typical half-submerged mountain of an Aegean island into a flooded crescent caldera. 

For more on the wonderful island of Santorini, please see our other blog post: 

Greece Santorini Greek Island Oia Fira Villages

Please also see our 10 other blog posts for other beautiful Greek Islands:

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1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the info on Santorini. Learned quite a bit. Great to know where to catch the sunset if i find myself there (i'm a huge photographer!).


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