As you disembark at Santorini, you will be surprised at the amount of natural beauty that the island offers. Part of the Cyclades group, Santorini is located in the middle of the Greek islands. Along with Crete and Mykonos, Santorini is one of the most visited islands in Cyclades. Named after Saint Irene, the island has seen its fair share of volcanic eruptions, including one of the biggest in the world. The Santorini of today is a flourishing island with tourism as its main industry. It also has a small wine industry that is growing continuously.
The calm and relaxing town of Oia is one of the most popular places on the island. You can take a car for rent in Santorini and head in the northern direction to reach Oia. This town is situated on a cliff and offers a spectacular view of the Palia volcano. Oia attracts many artists because of its beautiful scenery and because of this, you can see a number of art galleries around. For curious travelers, there are some interesting museums in Oia. The Nautical museum houses a small library, aquarelles, and ship parts, while the Museum of Musical Instruments features ancient and Byzantine musical instruments.
Firostefani is a popular place in Santorini. It is a suburb to the capital, Fira, and is located in the northern direction. You can take a car for hire in Santorini and head up to the town where you will be able to witness spectacular views of the volcano. Santorini is known for its stunning sunsets and Firostefani provides many restaurants where you can sip some local wine as the sun sets. A place also worth visiting is the Agios Nikolas Monastery that is open from 8 am to 12 pm, and from 4 pm to 7 pm. Come here to admire more spectacular views in a relaxing environment.
Fira, the capital of Santorini, is only about 10 kilometers away from the main port of Athinios. One of the most beautiful and lively places on the island, Fira is a must-visit place when you are in Santorini. The culture of this town can be experienced fully through its museums and other buildings. You can rent a car in Santorini and come to Fira for a magnificent time. The typical Cycladic white houses, with their blue windows and 18th century buildings, will surely woo you into extending your stay. The Catholic Cathedral in the Catholic quarter of Fira, with its vibrant colour and beautiful architecture, is definitely worth a visit.
Although a place bustling with activity and wonder, Santorini does feature places where you can relax, be by yourself, and be one with nature. This beautiful island has everything a tourist can ask for, and more. So come here for a vacation that will be etched in your memory for a long time to come.