Nowadays Santorini is one of the most visited Greek islands. It attracts thousands of tourists all the year round offering them deep blue crystal clean waters and beaches with white, red and black sand or volcanic pebbles, spectacular views of the volcano from the famous “Caldera’s eyebrow” (made of the cities of Firá, Oia, Imerovígli and Firostefáni, all located high above on a cliff) and awe-inspiring views of the sunsets over the caldera from the town of Oia.
Thíra is also known as a romantic getaway in Greece and has a growing reputation as a wedding and honeymoon destination not only for the Greeks but also for couples from all over the world.
A visit to Santorini is also a great culinary and wine experience. Tourists indulge in the traditional, exceptional products and locally produced wines from grapes grown in the volcanic soil.
Every sightseeing tour starts with the modern capital of the island – Firá. Its name comes from an alternative pronunciation of the ancient name of the island, i.e “Thera”. The capital is a city of beautiful white-washed houses and spectacular views of the caldera. It is home to the Santorini Archeological Museum and the Museum of Prehistoric Thera. The town could be reached from the port either on foot or on donkeys or steep cable car.
Tours usually continue with other towns on the island like Ancient Thera (the ancient city) and the four villages of Mesa Gonia (worth seeing for its traditional architecture), Exo Gonia (famous for the church of Panagia Episkopi), Pyrgos Kallistis (with the ruins of the Venetian Castle and with the magnificent views of Santorini in almost all directions) and Imerovígli (famous for its typical Cycladic architectural style and known as the “Balcony to the Aegean” because it is amphitheatrically located and offers awe-inspiring views to the caldera).