The main resorts of Santorini.
Santorini has several popular resorts, each of which is charming in its own way. The capital of the archipelago is the town of Fira, which is located on the slope of a sheer cliff at an altitude of about 260 m above sea level. Two dazzling colors reign here: rich blue – the shade of the sea and sky, combined with boiled white, in which the facades of neat, chaotically scattered Cycladic houses are painted.
It is best to start your acquaintance with Fira in the busy port, from where you can climb the 800-step staircase, funicular or riding a donkey to the town itself.
The main sights of the capital are the Museum of Prehistoric Times with a unique collection of archaeological finds, the Ethnographic Museum and the Church of Ayiu Mina – the hallmark of the island.
Another cozy resort of Santorini is Imerovigli with a permanent population of 470 people. It is not surprising that fans of a calm, secluded vacation most often stop here. The village has many churches in a typical Greek style, and the ruins of the ancient Venetian castle of Skaros, destroyed by an earthquake, are also noteworthy.
Oia in the north of the island is the most romantic resort in the archipelago. Car traffic is prohibited here, and therefore nothing will disturb the ears of tourists yearning for peace and quiet. Both nature took care of them here (from the west there are magnificent views of the Ammoudi Gulf, from the east – to the Gulf of Armeni), and the locals who built many small family hotels and charming houses for the newlyweds. Days can be spent on the beach (walking to the sea and back along 200 steps is an excellent cardio load), and evenings can be spent in numerous cafes.
People come to Oia to admire the most beautiful sunsets, each of which turns into an unforgettable natural show.
Popularity among tourists is also gaining Kamari – an ideal place for a beach holiday. There are all opportunities for a comfortable pastime, while housing and food prices are noticeably lower than in Fira. The coast of Kamari is sandy and pebbly, with smooth black volcanic sand. Idle holidays by the sea can be combined with all kinds of activities (from water skiing to diving) and sightseeing walks, the main of which is the monastery of Panagia Mirtidiotissa.
If you want to see all the resorts of Santorini in one day, we offer you a day trip that will be unforgettable.