A cradle of civilization, Santorini was among the first places in Europe with paved roads and elaborate water, and sewage systems as archeological discoveries at the ancient site of Akrotiri have revealed.
Santorini is famous for its iconic landscape that looks ethereal under the colorful tones of the sky at sunset. The island is on almost everyone’s “bucket list” of places to see. But glorious sunsets are just happy endings on days so full of potential. Among all the treasures of Santorini, five castles still stand to tell the tale of a glorious past of bravery and endurance.
Santorini is the iconic Greek destination with the most fascinating sunsets and postcard-pretty cliff houses carved on the slopes of the caldera, coated in sparkling white, which contrast with the light cobalt blue of the church domes and with the vivid magenta of the bougainvillea in bloom. It’s an island with a rich past, albeit checkered at times, a brilliant example of human endurance in challenging conditions. So, we’ve rounded up eight of the must-see museums in Santorini that show some of the historical trials that make the island great.
ABC News, a Disney company and the news division of the American Broadcasting Company (ABC), has recently named Santorini “the Greek island you must visit before you die.”
A new Bronze Age settlement has been recently discovered in Therasia, an islet in the volcanic island group of Santorini, north-west of Nea Kameni, and part of the municipal unit of Oia.
The simple answer to the question is you can visit Santorini when it is most convenient to you, but keep in mind that most hotels are closed off-season and it’s hard to find suitable accommodation.
This is a post by our guest, award-winning travel journalist Mihaela Lica Butler. It is the first of a series we intend to bring to you in the near future, to show you just how much Santo Maris Oia Luxury Suites & Spa means to our cherished guests.
While Santo Maris Oia Luxury Suites & Spa doesn’t offer accommodation for families with children, we are still happy to recommend you things to do if you happen to visit the island with little nomads. This because our resort promotes actively local attractions and businesses in support of the local community.
One of the most beautiful beaches in Greece, by many accounts the most fascinating on Santorini, Vlychada is a short 40-minute drive from Oia. It’s not far from the Tomato Industrial Museum and Santorini Arts Factory – two must-see attractions when you are in the area. The strange shapes in the rock are natural sculptures.
Also known as the Moon Beach, a well-deserved nickname for its spectacular lunar landscape, Vlychada rests on the southern coast of the island. It is a long beach caressed by the waves of the sea, which, together with the wind and rain, created the mesmerizing sculptures in the rock formations that separate the beach from the rest of the island. If you plan a visit with children, keep in mind that the sea is deep here, and not safe for people who cannot swim well. Also, some more secluded parts of Vlychada are favored by nudists.
The moon beach of the island, with its dramatically-eroded pumice cliffs, Vlychada is worth a visit even if you are not a beach-goer. The lunar landscape of the beach makes Vlychada a favorite attraction with photographers too. This is where you will find that perfect Instagram moment.
There are also areas equipped with chairs and umbrellas, and beach cafes that serve delicious savory specials from the bounty of the sea. A small marina nearby offers docking for yachts and boating tours by Santorini Yacht Services, who also offer services like yacht charter cruises and tours, air taxi, helicopter transfers, moonlight cruises, and more.
When you visit Vlychada, Akrotiri is another nearby attraction worth seeing. You can always search our official blog to find out what to see and do when you are on Santorini. Your private concierge at Santo Maris Oia Luxury Suites & Spa is happy to offer advice and fix a custom itinerary for you too.