You won’t be bored for a second on the breathtaking island of Santorini. Apart from the amazing volcanic landscape, it also has exceptional architecture and ruins from Greek Antiquity. Check out Santorini’s top 5 sights!
Akrotiri was a Minoan settlement during Greek Antiquity, which was destroyed by a volcano eruption about 1550 BC. As many buildings and objects were buried in volcanic ash they have been exceptionally well preserved. The ruins of Akrotiri were discovered by the Greek archaeologist Spyridon Marinatos in 1967. Today, Akrotiri is seen as one of the most significant and impressive archaeological sites in the entire Aegean Sea region. If you are interested in the history of Greece, then Akrotiri is one of the sights on Santorini that you cannot afford to miss!
Volcanoes appeal to people’s imagination, as you never know when an active volcano could erupt and how intense that eruption could be. The caldera is a rounded depression that was formed by a volcanic eruption. The Santorini Caldera consists of a circle made up of the islands of Santorini, Therasia, Aspronisi, Palea Kameni and Nea Kameni. So, Santorini is part of a dormant volcano. You can visit the Santorini Caldera daily, but do make sure you wear a sturdy pair of shoes and take plenty of water with you!
Oia is Santorini’s most well-known village. The village is built against a cliff face and is breathtaking due to its little white houses with bright blue roofs. It is therefore not surprising that this idyllic Greek village is featured on the cover of many a travel guide. Stay in Oia until the sun sets and you will witness what is said to be world’s most beautiful sunset. So don’t forget your camera!
Another of Santorini’s archaeological sights is Ancient Thera. The ruins of this antique city were exposed at the end of the 20th century. The most significant sights in Ancient Thera are the Stoa Basilica and the Agora (main square). You will also find temples, baths, a gymnasium and even a theatre. You can travel to Ancient Thera on your own by car or scooter but you can also join one of the organised excursions.
The island of Nea Kameni lies off the coast of Santorini. This island is known for its hot springs that originate from the volcanic craters. A boat excursion will take you to the island. On Nea Kameni you can bathe in the murky warm springs or enjoy a mud bath. It is said that the water has healing properties.