Great poets have sung its praises, a 4.000 year old history. And the eternal rock continues to stand, strong and majestic, rising proudly from the sea and guarding well the secrets of Atlantis…
Welcome To Santorini Island
Great poets have sung its praises, a 4.000 year old history.
And the eternal rock continues to stand, strong and majestic, rising proudly from the sea and guarding well the secrets of Atlantis…
It is worth spending some time to visit some of the wineries that run in the island today. Discover the history of wine on the island and taste the exceptional wines produced in Santorini.
Santorini, though small in size, is considered to be a gastronomic destination with some of the finest restaurants, wineries and restaurants throughout the country.
Gastronomy in Santorini: A unique experience
The island has been lucky the past two decades as its products and cuisine have been associated with tourism. This gave way in the production of and in making a good name in the culinary market. Agricultural products of Santorini such as tomatoes, split peas and capers are already known and sought after. The market’s need for continuous improvement, resulted in new proposals for local cuisine, with rare tastes based on pure and delicious raw material. A tendency to highlight the culinary peculiarity of the island has come to the front, through variations of traditional recipes and unusual combinations.
The ancient city at Akrotiri is the most important archaeological site on the island, dated back to 17th Century BC.
Don’t miss the chance to visit the volcano in the centre of the Santorini caldera, the youngest land in the Eastern Mediterranean!
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A “window” for volcanology
The present-day crescent shape of the island is a consequence of the activity of the volcano in prehistoric times feeding the myth of the lost Atlantis. Santorini is essentially what remains of an enormous volcanic explosion dated back 3,600 years and which created the current geological caldera; a giant central lagoon, more or less rectangular, and measuring about 12 by 7 km (7.5 by 4.3 mi), surrounded by 300 m (980 ft) high steep cliffs on three sides.
The mild activity of the volcano after this major eruption has built up two small islands within the caldera, Palea and Nea Kameni visited by hundreds of people everyday during the tourist season.
The impressive caldera dominates the west part of the island while the marvellous dry climate and the almost continuous sunshine create year-around conditions which are perfect for observation, photographs and videos under an extraordinary variety of natural lights and colours that give the visitor the exceptional advantage of reaching the interior of the volcano by boat.