A thousand sunsets, a thousand
memories, a thousand heartbeats, colours of blue red &
gold streaking the sky ... this is Santorini island ... Poets
have written about it, artists attempt to capture its beauty.
Nothing can quite describe ... the unsurpassed magic of Santorini.
This tiny Greek island in the Aegean sea, rich in history
& steeped in myth, is situated on the southern east tip
of the Cyclades Cluster.
Once famous for its seafaring captains & thriving trade
from Russia towards England, France & Italy, & even
further back in time the biblical volcanic catastrophe of
1500 BC, today Santorini is one of the most popular holiday
|Santorini is a group of islands in the south Aegean
sea: Thera, Thirassia, Aspronisi, the Christiana Islands, Palia
Kameni (Hot Springs) and Nea Kameni (Volcano). The Province
of Thera (Thira) is made up of Santorini, Anafi, Thirassia,
Ios, Folegandros and Sikinos – the Southern Cyclades group.
|Rocky steep terrain on the caldera
side (west coast), volcanic rock, pumice stone, unusual rock
formations. Other areas have a gentler terrain. Climate is moist,
warm summers with cool evenings. August has the famous 'Meltemia'
winds. Sparse rainfall during the winter months.
|Cave Houses (dug into the volcanic
rock), neo classical mansions, cobbled streets and winding paths,
domed churches (many with a blue dome), most houses have a dome
at some part of the roof structure.
|Fira : built on the Caldera cliffs
on the west coast of the island
|Vineyards - grape cultivation, cherry
tomatoes, santorini cucumber, fava bean, santorini capers and
cucumbers= 'Katsouni', santorini watermelon, chloro cheese,
sweet pies = 'Melitinia'
|36 19’ 56” to 36 28’
|25 19’ 22” to 25 29’
|128 nautical miles from
Piraeus port on the mainland
63 nautical miles north of Crete
73 square kilometers in size
Permanent residents : 13,600 (2001 census)
|Boats depart from Piraeus all year
round. During the summer season high speed hydrofoils also leave
from Piraeus. There are also connections from Crete during the
summer. Direct flights from Athens International Airport are
available all year round.