locations in Greece for a villa holiday: Santorini Island
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Greece offers many great
experiences for the holiday maker. Whether on a sun-drenched island,
a quiet beach or in a major modern and bustling city, there is so much
to choose from, offering a different experience every time you visit the
country. Discover Greece by visiting a couple of these very best locations
in Santorini for
a villa holiday on a sun-drenched and beautiful island:
|For a perfect picture-postcard
experience, you just can't beat the island of Santorini.
Located in the southern Aegean
Sea, about 200 km (120 mi) southeast of Greece's mainland, Santorini
is one of several islands that remained after an enormous volcanic eruption
destroyed the earliest settlements on what was formerly a single island.
The results of this eruption can still be seen today in the current geological
The main island of Santorini
itself slopes down to the Aegean Sea. While the island's main port
is Athinias, its capital is the city of Firá, which hangs from the
very top of the cliff looking down onto the lagoon.
All the way down the hillsides,
beautiful white buildings of the traditional construction can be seen,
with the odd ochre colored home and the iconic bright blue domes dotted
amongst the view.
Photo:CC BY-SA Vstyslav
Santorini. Photo:CC BY-SA
|Santorini, along with Anafi,
are the only locations in Europe which feature a hot desert climate and
Santorini basically experiences two seasons with April to October being
the warm, dry season and November to March the colder, rainy season.
This offers an opportunity throughout most of the year for visitors to
enjoy the best weather.
The island's capital, Firá
offers a series of white-washed houses hanging on the edge of the high
The city also has two museums
of interest to visitors: the Archaeological Museum of Thera and the Museum
of Prehistoric Thera, with the latter built on the site of an earlier church
destroyed in the 1956 earthquake. There are several shops and cafes
to visit along Firáís narrow footpaths.
|Oia and the Windmill
Another great location on
the island of Santorini is the beautiful Oia. Perched on the cliff's
edge, Oia is particularly well-known for its picturesque and white-washed
windmill (pictured right)..
The town offers the iconic
white-washed houses of Santorini, which in many cases have been built into
niches, which were formerly the cave houses used by ship crews in the distant
past. Between the houses there are narrow alleyways and dotted among
them can be seen the traditional blue-roof churches.
Besides the fact that the
white paint is attractive there was another reason for white-washing the
homes. When decorating, the villagers use white lime water, which causes
the rainwater which falls on the houses to run down and be collected for
use by the residents.
Oia, Santorini. Photo:CC
Oia Church, Santorini. Photo:CC
|With many of the houses
built into the former caves, this has the added benefit of keeping the
houses warm in winter and cool in summer.
Besides the iconic windmill,
the city has several sights to offer including a ruined castle, right at
the pinnacle point of Oia, which was once the eat of the Argyri family
under the Venetians in the past. The castle offers an excellent 360-degree
In the town itself there
are many small shops and kiosks selling a range of ethnic handicrafts,
jewellery and sourvenirs. Art lovers will find several small art
galleries dotted around town, including Art Gallery Oia and The Art
An interesting popular attraction
in Oia is that is sunset viewing - and the sunsets are spectacular indeed.
A special event is held every evening from the Sunset Seranade point with
crowds of visitors and locals gathered to watch the spectacle, when the
white houses and the caldera catch all the colours of the setting sun for
a few seconds.
Staying over in either Firá
or Oia makes for a scenic and truly beautiful location, offering everything
a visitor could possibly desire.
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