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The island is now a haven for peace and quiet, but this wasn’t always the case. It was a major volcanic eruption that formed the moon-shaped basin that makes up the island of Santorini, 3,600 years ago. The island was shaken again by a severe earthquake in 1956, which lead to the destruction of many ancient buildings. During the subsequent reconstruction, however, the style of the original architecture was closely followed to ensure the island didn’t lose its unique character.
Fira is the capital of Santorini, a major cruise port and the best spot on the island for a nice dinner and a night out. The charming Oia is one of Santorini's oldest villages, located on the northernmost tip of the island and is a perfect spot for a photo of the iconic white houses - the spectacular sunsets have been able to inspire many artists. In the village of Pyrgos you’ll find churches with blue domes, old taverns, houses and a 15th-century castle – great for history lovers.
Santorini also has a large number of beaches. Sunbathe on the island’s black sandy beaches at Perivolos and Perissa, while Mesa Pigadia and Pori are the best places to admire the rugged, rocky coastline.
Santorini's climate is pleasant all year round. The average daytime temperature in the summer is 29 ° C and 15 ° C in winter. Not surprisingly, some regions of the island can get very busy during the summer peak season. But that doesn’t mean your trip to Santorini will be anything less than unforgettable.
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Taking a break isn't just about ticking off destinations on a map. It's about the friends we encounter and the experiences we have on the way!
This place has a range of activities. Here are some ideas to jump start your trip to Santorini:
Take a look at our Santorini things to do page for a complete list.
Our stay at Ira Hotel Santorini was made so much much more sweeter from hotel manager, Anthony and Ms.Adel. Other staffs from housekeeping & kitchen too, were so kind, efficient and very friendly throughout. We definitely will recommend others to please stay here to experience yourself the true Greek ...
This is one of our favourite property in our 16 day trip around Greece. The views were breathtaking and we had breakfast every day outside with this amazing backdrop! We felt like were were the rich and famous! All the staff were friendly and so very helpful! The only problem is the pool which is ...
No words to describe how amazing our stay was at Santorini Princess! I never write reviews but this hotel exceeded my expectations in every way possible! 5 stars all around!!! From the property, breath taking reviews, location, staff that goes above and beyond to the amazing breakfast served each ...
Great location and also staff very helpful, she took her time to explain. Rooms were super clean and they are big compared to others (didn't expected that for the price). Book it with no second thought
A very unique place with a very beautiful sunset. The dog was yummy.. The room was very clean and nice. I enjoy very much the pool area. Nice food and drinks too.