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Holidays To Santorini For Off The Beat Track Adventures
If you are looking for things to do on your holiday to Santorini that are off the beaten track, you can visit the black sand beaches. What most people do not realize about the black sand beaches is that the areas around them are full of beautiful scenery and unusual things to see. The beaches are not highly populated during the day or at night, which makes them so easy to tour. Walk around the area and see the beautiful vegetation, the usual formations and the incredible wildlife that visit the beaches from time to time. You can spend days walking around the beaches and always see something new and different.

You can plan a day to the volcano where you will see the beauty of the area. The domes are spectacular to see. The Smith, Reck and Fouque domes are something that everyone should see, but most people never even know they exist. If you climb to the top of the domes, you are going to be in for an incredible view of the crater and see the old lava streams that were once a threat to the town below. This experience is one that you cannot experience anywhere else... read more

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Santorini, GreeceOne thing that is even more usual to so in Santorini is to go looking for the smiling donkey. The donkey is usually found on the path down from Fira. If you pull out a camera or a piece of apple, this donkey is going to smile at you. Yes, the smiling donkey is famous in Santorini. After you take a picture of him, just give the owner a little token of appreciation such as a euro. The smiling donkey is so cute that you will want to get a picture of him when he is showing his teeth and smiling for the camera.

There are many wineries in Santorini where you can enjoy a visit and sample some of the fine tasting wines. The vineyards and orchards are just amazing to see. They are so large that one can only imagine how much wine is produced from these fields. When you take a tour of the winery, you will see how they process the fruits and how the fine wine is made. Samples usually follow after the tour has been completed. This is a good tour for the entire family, but the wine tasting is only for adults.

Take a sunset cruise for your holiday to Santorini. The sunset is spectacular. You can see many sunsets and still never see one as beautiful as the sunsets in Santorini. You can take a cruise with a small group of people or a larger cruise with more people. If you do not want to take a cruise, there are many places to watch the sunset. The cafés and taverns have outdoor seating so everyone can see this beautiful sight. With everything to do that is off the beaten track in Santorini, you will have more than enough to do when you visit.

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Absolute Bliss Imerovigli Santorini
Imerovigli. One of the most beautiful villages of Santorini. It is located on the most privileged location of the island of Santorini, since it is the highest point of the caldera, with a view that causes wonderful feelings and sentiments coming forth once you visit this serene and graphic village of Santorini.  While you are in Imerovigli, you may visit Skaro, the rock that has been for centuries the watchful guard of Santorini, while the walls of the fortress built to protect the island from the pirates, still exist. You should, also, visit the metropolitan church of the village, the Virgin Mary Maltese, and its eminent carven iconostasis, filled with presentations from the Old Testament. Imerovigli faces the west, and Absolute Bliss is located on the most privileged spot of Santorinis’ Imerovigli. It has a westward view towards the small island of "Thirasia"; the Skaro rock can be seen to its southwest along with the small island of "Aspronisi" and, also, the small islands of the volcano "Palaia Kameni and "Nea Kameni".
Amerisa Suites, Thira, Santorini Island
The Amerisa Suites are located on the east side of Fira, Santorini, Greece. The residence is 500 metres from the main square and 3.5 kilometres from the beach. Santorini Airport is seven kilometres away and Athinios, the main port, is 10 kilometres away.  The Amerisa Suites are modern accommodation built in a classic Aegean style. There is an outdoor pool and jetted tub, and beauty treatments and massages are available. Internet access is complimentary, as is onsite parking.  A complimentary breakfast is served daily.  The Amerisa offers a discount on nearby gym facilities. The beach at Fira has opportunities for snorkelling, scuba diving, jet skiing, windsurfing and other water sports. Scooters can be rented in town. Expert Tip: Half of Fira was destroyed in the 1956 earthquake, but some of the 18th-century buildings were saved. The Megaron Gyzi Museum has a collection of photographs showing the town before and after the earthquake.
Best Western Paradise Hotel, Akrotiri, Santorini
Best Western Paradise Hotel is located in the center of the traditional village of Akrotiri, which is on the south side of Santorini Island, offering many archaeological, geological and traditional interests. The unique red and white beaches and famous prehistoric town of Akrotiri are within walking distance. Our guests can walk through the traditional pebble stone roads of the picturesque village with the small whitewashed houses and churches with gardens full of colorful flowers; they also have the chance to meet the local people and to come closer to the original Santorini tradition.  Admiring the famous sunsets of Santorini from the old light house of Akrotiri is also worth a visit. The village offers mini markets, taverns by the sea, frequent transportation to and from Fira Town. Athinios Port is only six kilometers away and the airport eight kilometers.
Margarita Hotel, Firostefani, Santorini
The Hotel Margarita is a three-storey modern hotel housed in a typically Greek white-washed building, sited 500 metres from the caldera cable car.  Guests can enjoy a dip in the outdoor pool and then relax with drinks from the poolside bar, while kids play in the children's pool. Multilingual staff at the front desk can look after valuables in the safe- deposit box and offer advice and assistance to guests who want to explore the island. Those arriving by car will find complimentary parking facilities available on site, and the hotel offers complimentary airport transfers in its minibus. The shopping and restaurants of Fira, Santorini's main town, are 500 metres from the hotel, and guests can take in panoramic views of the island's volcanic caldera via cable car, 500 metres from the hotel. The beach resort of Kamari is ten kilometres away.
Mystique Santorini, Oia, Santorini Island
Eighteen suites and villas in a landscape of more than 2000 square meters provide a sensorial experience of Santorini in surroundings of understated elegance.  Guests may experience an outdoor infinity-edge pool, the “Aura” Pool Bar, the “Charisma” Gourmet Restaurant and the “Secret” Wine Cave.  All accommodation is lovingly handcrafted from wood, local stone and glass.  Cushions of antique textiles. Plump luxurious towels. Enticing patterns carved into the walls. Slatted wooden decks that lead to the plunge pool surrounded by sun beds for the utmost relaxation. For hotel guests only, open-air dinning with a mouthwatering menu that highlights an eclectic mix of the freshest local ingredients seasoned with regional flavors. Offers an inviting ambiance with panoramic views of the infinity-edge pool and ocean beyond. Also, open for breakfast.  “Secret” Wine Cave: Dramatic wine cellar with the most rare and indigenous wine selection.
Rocabella Santorini Resort & Spa, Imerovigli. Santorini Island
Rocabella Santorini Resort & Spa is located in Imerovigli, Greece, on the island of Santorini. The property is 1.5 kilometres from Fira and eight kilometres from the ruins of ancient Thera. Perched on the crater rim above Caldera Gulf, Rocabella Santorini Resort & Spa is a luxurious property with traditional white stucco domes. Amenities include two swimming pools, a fitness centre with a steam room and sauna, and limousine service. A health spa offers a wide range of treatments and beauty services including shiatsu, reiki, detoxifying mud therapies, and mineral baths. Multilingual staff at the 24-hour front desk can assist with travel and tour arrangements. Complimentary buffet breakfasts are served each morning. For lunch and dinner, a choice of venues offers Asian, Italian, and Greek specialities in relaxed surroundings with views. Drinks are offered at the poolside bar, and 24-hour room service is available.
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