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What should you know before you visit Santorini

The tourist interest for Santorini is monopolized by the famous sunset of Oia and the view of the caldera from Fira and Imerovigli. But if you really want to get to know this unique place that is rightly one of the top tourist destinations in the world, it would be good to prefer a Santorini Private Tour.

June is considered an ideal time to go to Santorini, as, without crowds and hassles, you will see and discover things that in the incredible crowds of July and August, you will surely miss.

Surprises on the cobbled streets of Fira

The cosmopolitan Fira, the capital of the island, will welcome you with plenty of new buildings, dozens of shops of all kinds, but also museums, medieval cobbled streets, Venetian churches and a view of the caldera literally unbeatable.

Many of the popular caves that were the homes of the poorest inhabitants of the island are still preserved, as well as impressive public buildings and urban buildings of the 18th and 19th centuries. It is worth approaching Theotokopoulou Square with its cafes and luxury shops. Look for different places from where you will enjoy the view of the chaotic cliff and the volcanic islands.

Visit the Archaeological Museum of Thira, the cultural center Belloneio Foundation and the Venetian Palace of Gyzi with its magnificent copperplates. In the upper Fira you will tour Frangomachalas with its well-preserved mansions. In Kato Fira, the church of Ag. Mina and the church of Christ.

Firostefani

Following the busy road that leaves north of Fira parallel to the edge of the caldera, you will pass by Firostefani which literally looks hooked in one of the most impressive parts of the island, at the edge of the cliff. Next stop is Imerovigli, which is perched at a point from where you can gaze at the volcano and the islet of Thirasia, while, due to its orientation, you will be able to supervise almost the entire island.

Far from the crowds of cars, the old cobbled cobbled path is extremely interesting, as today it has been transformed into a beautiful and elegant pedestrian street that runs at the edge of the caldera, connecting the villages of Fira with Imerovigli.

Akrotiri

Fourteen kilometers southwest of Fira, literally hidden in the volcanic hinterland of the island, we find one of the most important archaeological sites in the Mediterranean!

The archeological dig revealed parts of an advanced settlement of the 3rd millennium BC. buried in the ashes of the great eruption of the volcano (15th century BC). It is considered one of the most important prehistoric centers of the Aegean and the Mediterranean. The archeological site is perfectly organized and the visit here becomes a cognitive experience that no one should miss.

Red Beach, a wonder of nature

Thira is not famous for its beaches. However, it has several that have probably been used to the fullest. Among them, completely indicative, to mention Kamari sandy beach on the east side of the island, the famous Perissa beach with fine black sand, the busy beach of Monolithos near the airport, Columbus, Vlychada and many more.

However, there is a beach that you will probably not see anywhere else in the Mediterranean and of course this is the famous Red Beach. This exotic coastline owes its name to the vertical reddish rocks that rise around the deep pelagic waters composing an almost spooky landscape.

When you visit the great archeological site of Akrotiri you will descend to the beach. In the parking lot you will leave your vehicle and continue on a path for 5 minutes to the sea. In July and August here the inseparable becomes. In June and under this year’s special conditions we believe that there will be enough peace to enjoy the special landscape.

The coast is south-facing and therefore does not catch the meltemi. There are canteens and plenty of umbrella seats. Of course, great care is always needed, as the place suffers from landslides. The restrictive ribbons that have been placed in various parts of the coast are not decorative at all. At dusk go to the lighthouse in Akrotiri to see the sunset.

Walking on the lava

Excursion boats that depart in the morning from the old port of Fira make one-day excursions to the volcanic islands of Palia and Nea Kameni located on the caldera. Here you will walk on the lava, you will see the sea take on an eerie color from the sulfur and the liquid metals that are still poured into the water, you will feel at your feet the hot stone of the volcano. You will dive in waters that are heated by thermal sulfide springs, you will look at Oia, Imerovigli and Fira from another point of view. This trip will definitely be a powerful experience that you will remember for many years.

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