Be Seduced By Santorini While Sailing in Greece
Santorini is, without doubt, one of the most beautiful islands in Europe. The southernmost of the Cyclades islands, Santorini (otherwise known as Thira) is blessed with beaches, lagoons and a year round climate that is hard to beat.
However, it is the villages, built into the island’s volcanic cliffs, that really set Santorini apart from the rest.
Arriving into its central lagoon, the view of whitewashed houses and cobbled streets that greets you is straight out of a fairy tale. Overlooking the lagoon, the town of Fira is Santorini’s main settlement, boasting museums, restaurants and a small shopping district as well as being the island’s transport hub.
Reaching the town is an adventure in itself and visitors deciding to stop there while sailing in Greece have the option of negotiating steep zigzagging steps in the cliffside, taking a cable car or even ascending on horseback. Whichever you choose, the views that greet you on arrival in Fira are definitely worth the effort!
Fira’s views may be lovely, but it is the town of Oia that is most famous for its views. Widely regarded as the most beautiful spot on the island, Oia looks out onto open seas on two sides and offers unparalleled sunset views. With an array of bars and restaurants, it is a great place to spend a few days relaxing and exploring further will reveal hidden gems tucked away down its winding streets or at the bottom of its 300-step cliffside path.
Fira and Oia already appear to be built amidst the clouds, but the village of Pyrgos is even higher and is the highest point on Santorini. Other unique spots include the small rock village of Vothonas, where the buildings are all carved from cave walls and, for those interested in the history of the island, the village of Akrotiri. Steeped in myth, Akrotiri also offers views of the island’s volcano!