Overview & Brief History

A captivating Greek island in the southern Aegean Sea, Santorini is renowned for its stunning landscapes, white-washed buildings perched on cliffs, and vibrant blue-domed churches. This crescent-shaped paradise is not only a visual spectacle but also steeped in history and mythology. Santorini is formed from the remnants of a volcanic caldera, giving it a unique topography that contributes to its allure as a world-class travel destination.


A Brief History

Nestled within the Cyclades archipelago, Santorini has a rich and complex history. The island’s origins are linked to the Minoan civilization, with evidence of human habitation dating back to the Bronze Age. In ancient times, Santorini was known as Thera, and it played a significant role in the Minoan trade network. The catastrophic eruption around 1600 BCE, one of the most powerful in recorded history, drastically altered the island’s landscape, shaping the caldera and potentially influencing the decline of the Minoan civilization.


Over the centuries, Santorini experienced a series of changing rulers, including the Romans, Byzantines, Venetians, and Ottomans. Each era left its mark on the island’s architecture and culture. The name “Santorini” itself is derived from the island’s patron saint, St. Irene, who is celebrated annually.


In the early 20th century, Santorini went through a period of economic decline and emigration, particularly following the devastating earthquake of 1956. However, the island underwent a remarkable revival in the latter half of the century, fueled by its burgeoning tourism industry. Today, Santorini stands as a symbol of both ancient history and modern allure, attracting visitors with its breathtaking vistas, archaeological sites, and vibrant communities that have risen from the ashes of its volcanic past.

Things to See & Do


The Caldera
The caldera is the heart of Santorini, and it is a truly breathtaking sight. It is a volcanic crater that has been flooded by the sea, creating a dramatic landscape of cliffs, beaches, and small islands. Take a boat tour to get a close-up view of the caldera, or hike to the top of one of the cliffs for panoramic views.



The Whitewashed Villages
Santorini is famous for its whitewashed villages, which cling to the cliffs of the caldera. The most famous villages are Oia and Fira, which are both stunningly beautiful. Wander through the narrow streets, admire the traditional architecture, and soak in the stunning views of the Aegean Sea.



Ancient Thera
Ancient Thira is an archaeological site located on the top of Mesa Vouno mountain. The ruins of the ancient city offer stunning views of the caldera and the surrounding islands. Explore the temples, houses, and theaters, and imagine what life was like in ancient Greece.



Santo Winery
Santorini is a renowned wine-producing region, and the Santo Winery is one of the best places to experience the island’s winemaking tradition. Take a tour of the winery, learn about the winemaking process, and enjoy a tasting of their award-winning wines.




Akrotiri is a Minoan settlement that was buried by a volcanic eruption around 1650 BC. The ruins of Akrotiri were only discovered in the 1960s and are now one of the most important archaeological sites in Greece.

Local Dining

For authentic dishes in a picturesque setting … head to the charming village of Oia where Nikolas’ menu features fresh, locally sourced ingredients transformed into mouthwatering dishes like grilled octopus, fava beans with caramelized onions, and succulent lamb chops.


If you’re looking for a view…

Perched atop the cliffs of Imerovigli, The Cliffside Restaurant offers an unforgettable dining experience. Their menu features innovative Greek cuisine with a focus on seasonal ingredients, accompanied by stunning views of the caldera and the Aegean Sea.

Insider Tips

Santorini is a popular tourist destination, so it is important to book your accommodation well in advance, especially if you are traveling during peak season.


Santorini is a relatively small island, but it is hilly and there is not a lot of public transportation. Renting a car or ATV will give you the freedom to explore the island at your own pace and visit some of the more remote beaches and villages.


Mount Profitis Ilias is the highest point on Santorini and offers panoramic views of the island. The hike is challenging but rewarding.

Virtual Tours

Santorini Sunset Walk

Akrotiri Archaeological Site

Fira to Oia Hike


Interactive Maps

Explore the Ruins of Akrotiri

Wander around Santorini

Ancient Thera


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