Santorini is the iconic, top, Greek island, instantly recognizable around the world, famous for its picturesque, superb, cliff-top tourist towns, featuring spectacular views over the volcanic crater with the endless spectacular azure ocean in the background.

A brief history about Santorini

The history of Santorini is closely linked to the intense volcanic activities that left the island deserted for centuries. The adventurous, ocean-faring Phoenicians in the 13th century BC, gave it the name Kallisti (=the most beautiful) as they were captivated by its stunning beauty. Santorini finally was named by the Latin Empire in the thirteenth century and is a reference to Saint Irene. Every corner of the island reveals a different aspect of the history of the island.

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Santorini today

Santorini has become famous worldwide for its unique landscape and is one of the top tourist destinations in Greece, even though it is relatively small. It takes only 45 minutes to drive from one end of Santorini to the other. The towns of Fira, Oia, Firostefani, Imerovigli, and Akrotiri cling to the 300m cliffs, featuring magical views of the caldera and volcano to the west. The beach towns of Kamari, Perissa, Perivolos, and Agios Georgios are situated on the east and south sides of the island. This is a great place where you must savor the amazing Greek local cuisine: gyros, souvlaki, tzatziki, Greek salad, and baklava. In addition, the island offers a myriad of entertaining, cultural, gastronomic, and fitness activities including tours, cruises, island hopping, beach and ocean fun, hiking, museums, and archaeological adventures.