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INTRODUCTION:
Santorini is considered to be one of the most cosmopolitan and at the same time picturesque islands of Greece. The unique gift of natural beauty with which this land has been blessed, has rendered Santorini one of the most popular tourist islands, while the unrivaled entertainment that you shall relish if you visit Santorini will definitely be a remarkable experience.
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LOCATION:
Santorini is the most popular island of the Cyclades cluster, located in the heart of the Aegean ocean, and it is situated on the lower part of the insular group. The island of Santorini consists of three settlements: Ia, Fira and Pirgos.
AREA:
76 sq.km
POPULATION:
9650
CAPITAL:
Hora or Fira
MORPHOLOGY:
The island of Santorini was created by several geological changes and that took place thousands of years ago. Full of natural beauties, the untamed island pulses with infinite, black coasts, deep blue waters, rugged sites and untrodden spots. Moreover, due to the volcanic nature of the island, the lava has given this multifarious landscape the enigmatic shades of brown, red, black and gray.
SEASONS:
During winter, Santorini is a quiet and peaceful island where you can relax and seclude. However, during the summer months Santorini converts into an extremely cosmopolitan and much frequented tourist resort where the pulse of entertainment beats fast.
ATTRACTIONS:
SIGHTS:

The traditional architecture of the houses, the two metropolises, the monastery of the Dominican nuns, the catholic monastery of Panagia of Rodari, the Venetian building Gizi, the conference center of Petros Nomikos and the "Belonio" cultural center, at the town of Fira.
The Minoan town and the Venetian castle at the village of Akrotiri.
The quadrangular tower and the church of Agios Nikolaos Marmaritis, at the village of Emporio.
The monastery of Agios Nikolaos, the church of Agios Georgios, the Venetian castle "Skaros" and the settlement of Vourvoulos, at the village of Imerovigli.
The ruins of the ancient constructions, the Byzantine church of Episkopi and the winery of the Volkan company, at the village of Kamari.
The church of Panagia Isodion and the Boutaris winery, at the village of Megalohori.
The neoclassical buildings and the settlement of Vothonas, at the village of Messaria.
The castle, the church of Panagia Platsani and the outspread windmills, at the village of Ia.
The ancient Thira, the churches of Agios Stefanos and the monastery of Perissa, at the village of Perissa.
The church of theotokaki, the monastery of Prophet Elias, the Santo winery and the houses that surround the medieval fortress "Kasteli", at the village of Pirgos.
The relics of the ancient cemetery, the churches of Agia Matrona and Efta Pedes, at the village of Finikia.
The several churches at the islet of Thirassia.

MUSEUMS:

The archaeological and the cultural museum at the town of Fira.
The cultural collection at the village of Pirgos.

NATURE:

"Nea Kameni", the volcano, at the town of Fira.
SPORTS / RECREATION:
If you have a boat you can visit the volcano, the islet of thirassia, Palaia Kameni and Nea Kameni. You can wharf at Fira or at Pirgos, where you will be able to refuel. For any kind of malfunction you can contact the following telephone number: +30 (22860) 22239.
ENTERTAINMENT:
All over the magical island of Santorini, at every town, village or settlement, and especially at Fira, Kamari and Ia, you will be able to find a handful of traditional taverns, restaurants, cafeterias and bars that shall offer you unrivaled entertainment.
LOCAL EVENTS:
The festival of Agios Epifanios on May the 12th, the festival of Agia Theodosia on May the 29th, the festival of Metamorphossis on august the 6th and the festival of Panagia on August the 15th, at the village Akrotiri.
The festival of Agios Avrkios, the patron of wine on October the22nd, at the village Emporio.
The festivals of Panagia of Episkopi on August the 15th and the cultural events during August, at the village Kamari.
The festival of Agioi Anargiri on July the 1st and the festival of Panagia on August the 15th, at Megalohori.
The festival of Agios Ioannis on July the 24th at Monolithos.
The festival of Agios Georgios on August the 23rd and the festival of Panagia on September the 8th, at the village of Ia.
The festivals of Agios Ioannis on August the 29th, the fetival of Panagia on August the 15th, the festival of Timios Stavros on September the 8th, at the village or Perissa.
The cultural events during September at the village of Pirgos.
The festival of Ipapanti on February the 2nd and the festival of efta Pedes on August the 4th, at the village of Finikia.
The festival of Panagia Giatrena on September the 21st, at the islet of Thirassia.
MAJOR TOWNS / CITIES / VILLAGES
Fira or Hora
The beautiful town of Fira is skirmished on the top of the western side of the island of Santorini. The traditional architecture of the whitewashed houses, the stone paved narrow alleys and above all the magical view to the incredible sunset and the surrounding islets, will be an amazing experience.

Imerovigli
Imerovigli is a very picturesque settlement that has an unparalleled view to the romantic sunset and the infinite ocean and that is way it is called the balcony of Santorini. The traditional village that has been declared scheduled is a quiet and peaceful resort that shall amaze you.

Kamari
Kamari is a modern tourist center, full of new built houses, verdurous spots and embellished by a superb beach. At a close walking distance you can find Ancient Thira.

Ia
Ia is one of the most renowned tourist resorts of the island of Santorini. Gifted with unrivaled beauty, carved with immaculate grace, the settlement of Ia offers impeccable view to the ocean, while the famous romantic sunset is the most remarkable sightseeing of the settlement.

Perissa
Perissa is a cosmopolitan tourist settlement and it is famous due to the dazzling black coast and the dark waters that lick the beautiful settlement.

ALSO:
Islet of Thirassia

Opposite the village of Ia, you can find the scenic islet of Thirassia. Due to its volcanic nature, the traditional and picturesque islet is full of rugged coasts and untrodden spots.
TRANSPORTATION:
BY FERRY:
From Piraeus to the port of Athinios at the island of Santorini, there are frequent timetables on summer, while in winter the itineraries are more rare. The duration of the journey is 8 hours and 30 minutes. From Thessalonica to Athinios, there are also timetables, all through the year. Moreover, there are several itineraries from Rafina to the island of Santorini with speedboats. Santorini is also connected with Volos, Crete, the Cyclades islands and the Dodekanissa islands.

Information:
Port authority of Piraeus: +30 (210) 4226000
Port authority of Santorini: +30 (22860) 22239
Port authority of Thessalonica: +30 (2310) 531505
Port authority of Rafina: +30 (22940) 22487

BY AIRPLANE:
From the Eleftherios Venizelos airport at Spata to the island of Santorini, there are flights all through the year. The duration of the flight is 50 minutes. The airport of Santorini is located 8 km far from the town of Fira.

Information:
Olympic airways of Athens: +30 (210) 9363363
Olympic airways of Santorini: +30 (22860) 22493
Airport of Santorini: +30 (22860) 31525

USEFUL TELEPHONE NUMBERS:
Port authority of Piraeus: +30 (210) 4226000
Port authority of Santorini: +30 (22860) 22239
Port authority of Thessalonica: +30 (2310) 531505
Port authority of Rafina: +30 (22940) 22487
Olympic airways of Athens: +30 (210) 9363363
Olympic airways of Santorini: +30 (22860) 22493
Airport of Santorini: +30 (22860) 31525

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