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Santorini, with it\'s unique volcanic caldera, is one of the most famous destinations across the world! Welcome to a spectacular island where natural beauty meets a series of intriguing sights and points of interest! Come along as we are about to start an introductory tour around the best attractions of Santorini before embarking in one of the Santorini Wine Tour Co to see and feel for yourself the magnificence of Santorini.
The Caldera. The reason that brings you to Santorini is the unique geological phenomenon of the caldera! The caldera of Santorini was created by the massive volcanic eruption that occurred 3.500 years ago and gave to Santorini its current shape. The formerly circular island became a “half-moon” shaped land as the lava sank a great part of the island. It took years for the people to return to the island and for the soil to obtain its current composition. The caldera of Santorini is probably one of the most photographed places on earth and the evocative natural environment creates images of unique beauty. All tours of Santorini Wine Tour include information about the unique caldera of Santorini!
The History. The civilizations that developed on Santorini have left their marks on various spots on the island. We are kicking off from the prehistoric settlement of Akrotiri. The city with the two-story buildings and the sophisticated water supply system is home to one of the most important prehistoric civilizations that flourished in the Mediterranean Sea, destroyed by the volcanic eruption but still showing the signs of the higher life level in Akrotiri even 3.500 years ago. A stop and a guided tour in Akrotiri is included on the Discover Santorini Tour or you can add it as a stop if you want to design a private tour with Santorini Wine Tour Co. The colorful frescoes from Akrotiri are exhibited in the Museum of Prehistoric Thera. Other stops available on a private tour with Santorini Wine Tour may include stops at the Ancient Thera at the top of Mesa Vouno where Spartan settlers built a city on the 8th century BC. Today you can see there the Agora, temples and the buildings that consist the city alongside a stunning view to the Aegean Sea.
The Villages. Every village of Santorini has its’ own distinctive character! We start from the capital of Fira with the stunning caldera view, the museum of Prehistoric Thera, the Archaeological Museum, the restaurants, the cafes and the shops where you feel the vibrancy of Santorini. The villages of Firostefani and Imerovigli also offer gorgeous views to thecaldera plus some cafes and restaurants choices. We are now moving to the north part of the island and the picturesque village of Oia. Mansions and cave houses create a magical atmosphere! The famous sunset will fill you with beautiful feelings!
Let’s now move on to the villages of the hinterland of Santorini. The medieval village of Pyrgos, the castle city of Emporeio, the Goulas (fortified fortress) in Akrotiri, the atmospheric village of Mesa Gonia, the tranquil village of Megalochori are ready to unveil their beauty to their visitors! Selected stops are included in the Santorini Hidden Treats Tour or you can include more at a private tour with Santorini Wine Tour.
The Beaches. The beaches of Santorini obtain unusual colours! Black, white and red are some of the sand and rock colors you will find on the beaches of Santorini! The volcanic heritage of the island resulted in famous beaches like the Red Beach, the black sandy beaches of Kamari, Perivolos and Perissa, whereas at the beach of Vlychada you will see the white, volcanic rocks that create a unique, captivating atmosphere! The natural beaches of Santorini are also black with rock formations that will amaze you. A stop at a Santorini black beach is included at the Santorini Hidden Treats Tour but you can visit more beaches if you organize a private tour with Santorini Wine Tour!