Around 4,000 years ago a huge volcanic blast ripped Santorini apart, leaving the crescent-shaped island we know today, and explains the breathtaking diversity in landscapes between the east and west coasts. Nowadays, in less explosive times, at the east coast Santorini boasts some fascinating naturally black sand beaches and excellent beach resorts, whereas at the west side of the island, thousand foot cliff faces plunge dramatically into the Mediterranean Sea, whilst resorts consisting of whitewashed hotels and buildings perch atop to offer visitors some of the most breathtaking views you'll find anywhere in the world. Santorini is a cosmopolitan Greek island, with many sleepy villages to relax in, as well as some surprisingly lively beach resorts - ideal if you like a holiday with lots of choice and beautiful surroundings. You can find more information about the hotels on medestino.com.
Santorini offers a wide variety of activities and sites of interest. Below you will find some Santorini highlights, fun things to do, the most famous spots and activities on the island, as well as all the information about the museums of Santorini.
Volcano: The Volcano, Santorini Palea Kameni and Nea Kameni are two small islands of black lava positioned in the centre of the basin of Santorini and are, geographically, the youngest islets in the Eastern Mediterranean. Tourists can visit the volcano by taking one of the daily cruises advertised in any village. One can walk upon the solid black lava sides of the steaming volcano.
Nautical Museum: This museum is over two floors and costs a couple of Euros to get in. The museum has an interesting collection of nautical items, among which oil lamps, a display of knots, model ships, etc
Donkey rides: Santorini offers you the rare chance to travel around the whole island on the back of a donkey. While to some the idea may seem absurd, to most this is the fun and most authentic way to experience true Santorini in all its charm. The best place to catch these donkeys is at the old port where donkeys carry both locals and tourists to the capital, Fira.
Minoan city of Akrotiri: The Minoan settlement is one of the main attractions of Santorini. It is one of the most important archaeological sites of Greece and maybe of the whole world...
Santorini Orhtodox Metropolitan Cathedral: This cathedral sits prominently towards the bottom of the town and can be seen from quite a distance. Rolling arches create a courtyard and there is also an impressive belltower.
Trekking: Santorini is especially known for its natural beauty. This island is ideal for nature lovers and offers a lot of amazing paths to do some trekking. The whole island has a lot of beauties for the visitors, from wild, volcanic landscapes to picturesque villages and lovely churches in the countryside. Trekking is a great way to get to know the island in a more special way. As the trekking routes on Santorini are generally not long and vary in difficulty, everyone can try.