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Santorini: Your next winter destination

By HarryFriday 15th December 2017

Feeling the chill this winter? When the clocks go back, and the darkness sets in, it’s only natural that you’ll be thinking about warmer climates. But which sunny destination will be your winter getaway?

What should you look for in a winter destination?

Obviously, when you’re looking to escape the clutch of the cold, your priority will be the climate. But what else will you look for? Enticing activities to fill your day, a divine new cuisine, and rich history and culture are all important. Not forgetting some magnificent views too! So, where can you find this magical place? Santorini, of course.

The history of Santorini

One of Greece’s main islands, Santorini (sometimes referred to as Thera or Thira) is famous for its steep cliff face and bright white architecture, high above the inviting blue sea below. It’s the largest of a circle of smaller islands, and was created from one huge island that was broken up after a volcanic eruption. Santorini’s name comes from Saint Irene, but its official name is Thera, although the colloquial Santorini is used more. To add to the confusion, it was formerly known as Kallístē, which translates to ‘the most beautiful one’, and once you visit, you will see why this name is so apt.

What can you do in Santorini?

Prepare to have some sore legs, because you will do a lot of climbing in Santorini. The view, however, makes any aching limbs totally worth it. Houses and streets wind their way up the cliff top, linked together by stairs painted in that classic Santorini white.

Ancient Akrotiri

As it is a Greek island, you can certainly expect a lot of ancient sites to visit. One of the most famous is Ancient Akrotiri, a prehistoric city buried beneath volcanic ash. The volcanic ash preserved the materials and homes left by the inhabitants, who fled the area after a series of earthquakes. Like the famous Pompeii site, you can walk through Akortiri, and see the city as it once was. It’s about €10 to walk around the historic site, and a great way to be submersed in the history of Santorini.

Ammoudi

300 steps down the cliffs is one of Santorini’s prettiest villages, the tiny fishing port of Ammoudi. It’s enveloped by the island’s famous red cliffs, and borders the sparkling blue ocean. There is a small rocky beach for you to chill on, but the seafood restaurants are the real reason you make the journey down. As it is a fishing port, you can expect to enjoy the freshest fish, right on the harbour. Basically, in Santorini you can dine in paradise.

Orthodox Metropolitan Church

By Grecian standards, the Orthodox Metropolitan Church is practically brand new. Built in 1827, the imposing structure looks out across the whole island, and is definitely the place to come for fantastic views. The cathedral is typically Greek in design, particularly the mosaic wall and domed bell tower.

The beaches of Santorini

You may think, seen one beach, seen them all. Well, we can guarantee that you won’t have seen any beach like the ones at Santorini. Because of the island’s volcanic activity, the beaches are made up of red and black volcanic pebbles. The beaches are surrounded by Santorini’s famous red cliffs, making these sun-kissed spots like nowhere else on earth.
Do you think Santorini sounds like your ideal winter spot? Join us as we visit this idyllic island, and experience its extraordinary beauty for yourself.

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