Santorini or Thira is located in the southernmost point of Cyclades. It is a popular island, with intense night life that attracts thousands of visitors each year. The capital of the island is Fira.
Oia is one of the most popular settlements of Santorini. Thousands of people are visiting Oia in order to see the impressive sunset and the unique view.
The inhabitants of the island are almost 7.000 shared in 10 villages of the island. Most beaches of Santorini have volcano rocks giving the sense of “black” colour. The island is surrounded by abrupt precipices giving a particular physiognomy.
The island has a wealth of archaeology that includes the ancient city at Mesa Vouno and the prehistoric settlement at Akrotiri. Santorini’s cultural includes a unique vernacular architecture, best exemplified by the settlements at Vothonas, Messaria, Finikia, and Megalohori and the advanced fortified settlements at Pyrgos, Emporio, and Akrotiri.
The island’s moderate climate is due to its exposure to northeasterly winds, while winters on the island are temperate with average temperatures in the region of 10oC. Rainy winters alternate with dry summers, and the fertile soil is ideal for the cultivation of vines and tomatoes. The island has meager freshwater resources and few wells.
Santorini offers air links to Mykonos, Rhodes, Iraklio (Crete), as well as Athens and Thessaloniki. By sea, it’s linked to Piraeus and Thessaloniki, with connections to Paros, Ios, Mykonos, Anafi, Naxos, Sikinos, Syros, Kimolos, Kithnos, Milos, Serifos, Sifnos, Tinos, Folegandros, Astypalaia, Karpathos, Diafani, Kassos, Rhodes, Halki, Iraklio (Crete), Skiathos, Skyros, and Volos. There’s also a hydrofoil connection to Rafina and all the above-mentioned islands.