Santorini

Greece

Resting in the middle of the beautiful Aegean is Santorini. The island covers the vast crater left by one of the biggest volcanic eruptions in history. The island has an intriguing past with the fascinating Minoan site of Akrotiri and the gorgeous traditional hilltop village of Oia. Simply beautiful, Santorini will take your breath away with her multi-coloured cliffs soaring over a sea-drowned caldera, as well as colourful andd white Cycladic houses lining the cliff tops.

Interesting Fact:

The locals have been known to say that in Santorini there is more wine than water. This is probably true. Santorini produces more wine than any other Cyclades island.

The volcanic soil, daytime temperatures, and humidity at night are very favorable to at least 36 varieties of grapes, especially the production of white wine.

Farmers will twist the vines into a basketlike shape, where the grapes will grow, protected from the wind. So on any trip to this gorgeous island make sure you visit one of the wineries. After all, its not all a trip here is not all about the stunning sunsets.

 

Getting There:

From Athens you can take a ferry to Santorini from either the port of Pireaus or Rafina.  To go to Pireaus you can take the X96 bus from teh airport.  It departs every 20 to 40 minutes. The trip to teh port will atke around 60 to 90 minutes.  The cost is arounf 2.90 Euro (AUD 4.50).

You can also take a taxi for around 15 Euros (AUD 24.00).  Make sure you let the driver know that your destination is Santorini so you are dropped off in teh port area fro where the ferries to Santorini depart.

You can of course also fly to Santorini from the Eleftherios Venizelos airport in Athens.  The flight is about 45 minutes, depending on the weather conditions.  Olympic Airways and Aegean Airways have flights available.  The airport of Santorini is about 3 kilometres outside of Fira, the main town of the island of Santorini.  There is a bus from teh airportt hat departs about every hour or one of the taxis outside of the airport.

 

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