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Santorini is a volcanic island in the Cyclades group of the Greek islands. It is famous for dramatic views, stunning sunsets from Oia town, the strange white aubergine, the town of Thira and naturally its very own active volcano. There are naturally fantastic beaches such as the black pebble beach of Kamari, white beach and red beach.
Official name of Santorini island is Thira.
Santorini is also a name for the family of islands surrounding Thira--once forming a whole one island.
There is a total of 13 towns on Santorini Island.
The main attraction of Santorini is the volcano. The caldera was flooded during a cataclysmic event thousands of years ago, leaving the cliffs of Santorini surrounding a lake of ocean and newly upthrust lava in the center. The towns of Thira, Oia and Thirasis cling to the steep cliffs facing into the caldera bay. Tours to the volcano center are plentiful and one can see and feel steam vents and recent (1950s) lava flows.
Another popular reason for coming to Santorini is the legend that its sunsets are one of the most spectacular in the world. Ia is one of the few places on the island which is both close to a sea and offers a good view to a sunset over the sea: in other towns, sun disappears behind a volcano.
Santorini ranks among top destinations for wedding celebrations for at least 4 years -- primarily for sunset and peace, like those in Ia. Couples often arrive with few friends, stay in Ia (places like Fanari Villas). Groups often arrive in the beginning of the week -- judging by demand for cabrios and number of corteges seen on Mon compared to weekend.
While the island is full of medium- and top-cost hotels and villas, there are still lots of abandoned caves and modest private houses where noone seems to live for a long time -- even in western Ia where every inch seems to be occupied by some villa. And this doesn't seem to change for years, judging by 2001-2005.
The season starts on March 1 -- recommended by locals, as it's not too hot and not crowded at all.
If you prefer sea, most popular and recommended transport are high-speed catamarans, like Hellenic Seaways Highspeed (bright-red Vodaphone-logo boats). Pireaus-to-Santorini trip takes only 3.5hrs, which time is comparable to air, and is more stress-free.
After disembarking in Santorini, the ideal way to travel up to the bustling town of Thira is by donkey. This experience will surely leave you with lasting memories.
The island is amply serviced by independent buses. Boats also run between major coastal towns on the island. Cars can be rented from about 8 Euros a day.
Some hotels advise to book a taxi in advance, as there is not enough taxi cars on the island for existing demand in a high season.
It takes about 50min to drive the island from end to end (from Vlichada to Ia).
Public beaches does not seem to have shower or places for changing your wear.
Santorini specials include: the white aubergine; fava; sutsukaki (slices of tomatoes fried in batter). Another must-try is fresh fish grilled in tavernas, esp. those close to a sea.
If you decide to eat or drink in a taverna overlooking the caldera or having a good view to a sunset, expect prices to be higher than a similar establishment in one of the many side-streets as you are charged extra for the view ?- but what a view!
There's a local radio station in English, 106.4 MHz.