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Santorini, a volcanic island that rose up from the earth has since become an sanctum of blue domes, vibrant bougainvillea, and tranquility. With rows of immaculate white houses, intimate restaurants, and charming beaches Santorini has undoubtedly become one of Europe’s most romantic holiday destinations. Read our blog post on the top 5 things to do in Santorini!
Visit one of Santorini’s amazing wineries for a unique wine tasting experience overlooking the Caldera
One of our favourites is the Venetsanos winery built in 1947 by the Venetsanos family from Megalachori. It was the first industrial winery on the island. Perched upon the edge of the Caldera overlooking the rocky Aegean coastline, the winery remains a family run operation to date and its unique structural design constructed from above moving downwards simply adds to its charm. Take a guided tour then indulge in a gorgeous selection of wines with well paired meats and cheeses as you take in the romantic panorama. Round off your visit with a trip to the gift shop to purchase your favourite wine from the tasting.
Hike from Fira to Oia
This hike will be worth the early start as the trail leads you from Fira directly to Oia with spectacular views along the caldera cliff and through the villages of Fira, Firostefani, Imerovigli, and Oia. The hiking trail is well marked and suitable for anyone of average fitness. It can also be done in reverse.
Encounter thousands of years of history at the Museum of Prehistoric Thira
Located in Fira, the museum houses a spectacular collection of finds from the excavations of Akrotiri and other Cyclades. With four main exhibitions demonstrating the history of Fira, the geology of Fira, the late Neolithic to Cycladic 1 period, and the flourishing era of Akrotiri, the museum is renowned for its vast range of unrivalled collections.
Wander through the streets of Oia
With immaculate whitewashed houses, vibrant bougainvillea and luxury boutiques Oia quite simply had it all. Situated on top of an impressive cliff and boasting impressive views over the volcano of Papua and Kameni and the Caldera, the village is an unmissable delight. Photograph the iconic blue domed churches, and spend an evening captivated by the warming orange hues of the mesmerising sunset.
Relax and unwind on a luxurious catamaran cruise
Explore the coastline of Santorini on a half day catamaran cruises. sailing on the Aegean Sea. Relax on deck as you take in Santorini’s sights from the sea. The world famous Red Beach renowned for its red cliffs and sand, the White Beach – perfect for snorkelling and swimming are just two of the beautiful sites you can expect to see. To elevate the experience, enjoy the cruise at sunset as you sail towards the sun as it descends in the sky.
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