THE NAME OF SANTORINI

Interesting tidbit of information. It was the Venetians that gave Santorini its name. It is derived from Santa Irene and when travelers from Western Europe came to the island for supplies, they saw it as an appropriate name. It is said that the ancient name of the island, Thera, comes from its first settler, a Spartan named Theran.

  • IMEROVIGLI AND SKAROS
    Another famous village of Santorini is Imerovigli. Its highlight is the Castle of Skaros, that was built in the early thirteenth century and offers amazing views, as it is the topmost point of the caldera. Imerovigli has been declared a traditional settlement and it is indeed a marvel to walk through its cobblestone pathways and just take in the beauty of the Aegean islands. A visit to Imerovigli and Skaros is definitely a must.
  • THE BLACK BEACH, THE RED BEACH, THE BEST BEACH
    Santorini is also famous for its colorful beaches, due to the volcano. Perissa hosts the famous black beach, which is also the longest beach on the island, fully organized with umbrellas, beach chairs and shops (among which is a beach bar). Adjacent Perivolos’ beach is also black. Of special interest is the red beach, that is a bit harder to get to. Admittedly, the best beach of Santorini is Vlichada, a very organized beach with red cliffs looming over the swimmers.
  • MEGALOCHORI, PYRGOS, EMPORIO, KAMARI, FIROSTEFANI
    There are many picturesque Santorini villages to visit: Megalochori in the west plain that overlooks the caldera, Pyrgos, at the highest point of Santorini, that naturally offers magnificent views, Emporio, the largest village with a beautiful castle, Kamari, a sought after destination for travelers from all over the world, and Firostefani, quite close to the capital, at the edge of the caldera, an essential destination in Santorini.

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