Santorini is incredibly popular. It forms a part of the Cyclades, and it happens to be one of the most visited islands in the country. The country thrives on tourism because of its beautiful landscapes. It is very popular among couples who are looking for a romantic getaway. Santorini features the breathtaking whitewashed settlement of Fira and some ancient sites. These are the most scenic places on the island.
The beach at Perissa is the most famous beach in Santorini. The beach flaunts a long stretch of sand, purely black sand formed as a result of pyroclastic flow. The beach is lined with tamarisk trees and surrounded by a collection of cafes and bars.
Profitis Ilias is a mountain at Santorini which happens to be the highest point of the island, from a height of 584metres above sea level; tourists can have lovely views of the entire island. Another stunning point of attraction here is the Profitis Ilias Monastery which is opened to the public for tours.
Located at the heart of Santorini is the small town of Pyrgos. Pyrgos was a one-time the capital of Santorini and the quaint, little town had been a tourist hotspot for holidaymakers who want to explore some medieval structures and gorgeous whitewashed cottages.
Museum of Prehistoric Thira
One of the most scenic places to visit in Santorini is the Museum of prehistoric Thira, and the reason is not far-fetched. The beautiful repository features significant finds collected from the Akrotiri archaeological site. One of the most loved places in this museum is the fresco of the Blue Monkeys. Other artifacts will catch your fancy too.
Akrotiri Archaeological Site and Red Beach
Nestled in the modern town of Akrotiri is an ancient site which was buried below pyroclastic flow that occurred in the 16th century. Excavations at the site showed that Santorini was once a trading hub in ancient times. It features a Red Beach located below a beautiful red cliff wall.
The caldera at Santorini was formed by a huge volcanic eruption that created an opening in the middle of Santorini over 3000 years ago. The sea-filled crater remained after the explosion. The caldera houses two Kaimeni islets which have gas emission and thermal springs. You can go on an excursion and have a dip in the hot springs.
Located at the northern tip of Santorini very close to Fira, is the picturesque village called Oia. Oia is filled with stunning whitewashed buildings. The steep paths wind up fro, the Ammoud Bay right into the town. Oia caters to the crème de la crème. Sunsets in Oia are simply divine, little wonder, tourists and locals alike troop in during evenings to catch a glimpse.
Santorini’s capital, Fira is the most scenic place on the island. There are numerous whitewashed cubic houses, tiny squares, winding streets and churches with blue domes nestled at a great height from the caldera. For its immense beauty, Fira gets most revenue from tourism as most of the picture-perfect buildings have been converted into hotels, restaurants and souvenir shops.