Santorini is an island in the southern Aegean Sea. It is about 200 km southeast of Greece’s mainland. It is the major island of a small, circular archipelago which bears the similar name and the remnant of a volcanic caldera. The town of Santorini consists of inhabited islands of Santorini and Therasia. The uninhabited islands of Nea Kameni, Palaia Kameni, Aspronisi, and Christiana. Santorini is part of the Thira regional unit.
Tourism in Santorini
In 1956 a big earthquake near Amorgos island lead in the destroying of many buildings in the north of Santorini, The growth of tourism has result in the growth of the economy and population. Akrotiri is a main historical site, with ruins from the Minoan era. Santorini’s principal business is tourism, specially in the summer months. Santorini ranked the world’s top island for many magazines and travel sites.
Cuisine in Santorini
Brantada – A local Santorinian fish dish. The best place to try it is in some less touristic villages, like Exo Gonia.
Koskosela – local Strapatsada
Santorinio Sfougato – A traditional Santorini dish.
Tsounisti – Manestra
Fava – A local Santorini dish, originally made with the broad bean. Its name comes from the word “favus” which is the Latin word for broad beans.
Melitinia (dessert) – Melitinia are cookies that are made for weddings, engagements and festivals. They can be found in the traditional bakeries of Santorini.
Transportation in Santorini
Bus services depart from Fira to most parts of the island.
Santorini has two ports: Athinios (Ferry Port) and Skala (Old Port).
Cruise ships anchor off Skala and passengers are transferred by local boatmen to shore at Skala where Fira is accessed by cable car, on foot or by donkey.
Tour boats depart from Skala for Nea Kameni and other Santorini destinations.
Santorini is one of the few Cyclades Islands with a major airport, which lies about 6 km southeast of downtown Thera. Scheduled airlines include the new Olympic Air, Aegean Airlines, Ryanair and Athens Airways, with chartered flights from other airlines during the summer, and with transportation to and from the air terminal available through buses, taxis, hotel car-pickups and rental cars.
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