Romantic, magnetic, almost hypnotising, and utterly seductive, Santorini is a cosmopolitan Queen fulfilling dreams and pampering visitors with numerous unique attractions, an incredible underwater cosmos, a one-of-a-kind volcanic landscape, chances for utmost romance, and lots of fun and heart-fulfilling moments.
Definitely evoking intense feelings and powerful emotions in every single person stepping onto its land, it is worth visiting even as a weekend getaway. Some of the reasons that could put you on that plane to Santorini pronto are experiences like the following.
Admiring the Caldera in 3 different ways
Besides the typical walking tours to the imposing Caldera (the volcanic crater that has been active for more than 1.5 million years), you can even opt for another option to broaden your Caldera perspective. If this tingles you inside, then flying over the volcano as part of a helicopter ride or sailing to it via a cruise tour are, hands down, exceptional alternatives. You will be able to admire the impressive lava formations, the volcanic island in the heart of the Caldera, and scenic whitewashed villages featuring the traditional Santorini houses (aka hyposkafa), which are perched right into the volcanic rocks.
Rejuvenating your body at the Hot Springs
The heart of the Caldera is home to thermal springs (aka Hot Springs) that are believed to have superb therapeutic properties. The sulphur, manganese, and iron-rich waters are warm, year-round, and promise a regenerating dive that is said to heal osteoarthritis (and other bone-related issues, such as rheumatism), skin disorders (i.e., psoriasis or dermatitis), fascia injuries, myoskeletal tensions, muscle stiffness, and many more. Even if you feel perfectly healthy, visiting this natural spa is an experience worth living – trust us, you will emerge a new, totally revitalised person!
Tip: While here, you could also explore the volcanic islands of Palea Kameni and Nea Kameni and the picturesque Agios Nikolaos Bay. You can thank us later!
Indulge in a touch of lavishness and splendour
Whether you choose one of the many 5-star luxury hotels spoiling their guests with stylish suites featuring exclusivity, privacy, sublime seascapes, and amenities like a private pool, Jacuzzi, private dining, and wellness services or an elegant villa tucked in the rim of the Caldera or elsewhere, expect nothing but sheer luxury. What better a way to close a fantastic day than with a delicious gourmet dinner starring local and international cuisine, after a relaxing massage, paired with unobstructed panoramas of the glistering Aegean Sea and the Santorini volcano!
Giving yourself the pleasure of a Santorini sunset
Everybody knows that the Queen of the Cyclades is the best place in the world to watch the most arresting sunsets. Most visitors prefer the popular hot spots on the island (from rooftop terraces and castles to the Caldera rim) to catch the last rays of the descending sun just before it slides behind the horizon, painting the chalky-white houses and blue-domed churches with hues of red, orange, and yellow. So, you could either head for Oia, Fira (the island’s capital), or Imerovigli and give yourself a pat on the back for being lucky enough to see what very few people in the world get to see.
Other Santorini ventures that will gratify every soul:
- Visiting the black, white, and red volcanic sand shores of the White Beach, Perissa, Vlychada, Kamari, and more.
- Walking the Fira-Oia hike and filling your Santorini vacations with spellbinding views of the Mediterranean Sea and the volcanic terrain of the island.
- Going on a wine-tasting tour and sampling some of the most internationally acclaimed local wines, including the renowned Vinsanto.
- Discover Santorini’s secrets, such as ancient Thira, the lighthouse, the Akrotiri castle, the ancient Akrotiri settlement (aka the Aegean Pompeii), Skaros Rock in Imerovigli, and the Tower of Nimborio.
- Tasting original and exquisite flavours from award-winning chefs and dishes made with unique local ingredients, such as the Santorini cherry tomatoes and the white aubergines!
Bottom line, you can’t go wrong with Santorini. So, simply enjoy!