Santorini is essentially what has remained after an enormous volcanic explosion that destroyed the earliest settlements on a formerly single island, and created the current geological caldera.
The capital, Fira as well as the other settlements of the island, cling to the top of the cliff looking down on the lagoon and offer a magnificent view of the Excavations starting in 1967 at the site called Akrotiri have made Thera the best-known Minoan site outside of Crete.
The traditional architecture of Santorini with low-lying cubical houses, made of local stone. The unique characteristic is the common utilisation of the "hyposkapha", the extensions of houses dug sideways or downwards. These rooms are prized because of the high insulation and are used as living quarters of unique coolness in the summer and warmth in the winter. The island remains the home of a small, but flourishing, wine industry based on the indigenous grape variety, Assyrtiko.
There are several charter companies that fly here from many places in Europe. The others will have to pass through Athens' airport. Olympic Airways and Aegean Airlines fly frequently from Athens to Santorini (says Thera on the itineraries). Book early as flight quickly fill up in the
Sunset in Oia
Popular and fantastic yet a must live experience in Santorini. Watching the sunset in Oia is a truly memorable and full of feelings moment in Santorini. From the castle of Oia (the most famous spot) or from any part of the traditional settlement of Oia, the sunset here is magical and unforgettable.