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Santorini Island Travel Guide


Santorini Island Introduction


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Santorini, the southernmost of the Greek Cyclades, has to be one of the world's most dramatically beautiful islands. Its unique topography is the result of a massive volcanic eruption some 3,600 years ago, which blew the middle out of the island to create a caldera, a volcanic crater filled with deep blue water from the Mediterranean Sea.  Click here to see the full Santorini Island travel guide on Travel42 »

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Santorini Island Geography


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Santorini owes its geological peculiarities to a massive volcanic explosion approximately 3,600 years ago that blew out the center of the island. This produced its most outstanding feature, the caldera (sea-filled crater), which measures approximately 6 mi/10 km by 4.5 mi/7 km.   Click here to see the full Santorini Island travel guide on Travel42 »

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Santorini Island History


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As early as 3000 BC, Santorini was home to the sophisticated Minoan civilization, which built a large city at Akrotiri in the southwest region of the island. They were a peaceful seafaring people, and Akrotiri was their largest settlement outside Crete. However, around 1600 BC, a catastrophic volcanic explosion devastated the island, burying Akrotiri below lava, where it lay preserved for more than three millennia. It was only discovered in the late 19th century by workmen who were quarrying the area for pumice stone.  Click here to see the full Santorini Island travel guide on Travel42 »

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Santorini Island Sightseeing & Things to Do


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Santorini's impressive cliff-top capital, Fira, and the lovely neighboring village of Oia are both unforgettable sights. A day or two exploring their pedestrian-only streets, which have stunning views down onto the caldera, is a must-do for anyone visiting the island. They are also home to a handful of decent museums, notably the Museum of Prehistoric Thira, the Archaeological Museum and the Folklore Museum in Fira, and the Maritime Museum in Oia. Many people staying on the island visit Oia for at least one evening, specifically to watch its renowned sunset.  Click here to see the full Santorini Island travel guide on Travel42 »

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Santorini Island Nightlife


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Santorini's magnificent sunsets make a spectacular beginning to the evening, and many visitors flock to Oia and Fira, on the west coast, to watch this natural phenomenon with an aperitif followed by dinner. Franco's Bar in Fira remains the sunset cocktail bar of choice.  Click here to see the full Santorini Island travel guide on Travel42 »

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Santorini Island Restaurants & Dining


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Santorini's top restaurants, concentrated in the caldera-view villages of Fira and Oia and in tiny hilltop Pyrgos, rank among Greece's best. They employ innovative chefs who conjure up modern creative Greek cuisine, with an emphasis on local seasonal produce. Note, however, that they tend to be open for dinner only, and reservations are recommended.  Click here to see the full Santorini Island travel guide on Travel42 »

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