Santorini, classically Thera and officially Thira, is an island in the southern Aegean Sea, about 200 km (120 mi) southeast of Greece’s mainland. It is the largest island of a small, circular Archipelago, which bears the same name and is the remnant of volcanic caldera. It forms the southernmost member of the Cyclades group of islands, with an area of approximately 73 km2 (28 sq mi).
Thera, Therassia, Aspronisi and the volcanoes (Palea Kameni and Nea Kameni where the crater of the volcano is located) form the cluster of islands which is called Santorini.Today, Santorini is the only inhabited Caldera (volcano cauldron) in the world.Santorini is one of the most popular island in Greece or even one the world’s most famous island.There are few travel destinations that combine unique Caldera towering cliffs above the sea, spectacular scenery, ancient and pre historic cities, some of the world’s best wine, and an active volcano
Santorini has to offer such a variety of flavors and aromas. Due to the volcanic ground in Santorini one could find one of the most interesting types of tomatoes, white aubergines, yellow split peas -Lathyrus clymenum- (The most common way to prepare yellow split peas is a dish called “fava.” Fava has nothing to do with fava beans), katsounia (a type of cucumbers), capers and of course the grapes which are producing the famous Santorini wines.
There are many wineries and a local factory for canning tomato paste and tomatoes.
Santorini is a small island, and it is easy to get around. There are local buses and taxis to take you to most places, but of course you can also rent a car, a bike or book a transfer.
The main harbor of Santorini is Athinios where the ferryboats stop.
The old port of Fira under the town is used mostly for passengers from the cruise ships.
Santorini has its own airport for domestic and international flights.
There are ferries connecting Santorini with the mainland and other islands frequently during the summer season.
Kamari is a seaside village on the southeast side of the island of Santorini, at the north foot of Mesa Vouno mountain and only 3 klm away from Santorini Airport.Its name comes from an arch, which was part of an ancient sanctuary dedicated to Poseidon, standing on the south end of the beach. On the top of Mesa Vouno lies an important part of the history.
The archaeological site of Ancient Thera is a momentous landmark of Santorini where the temples, ancient cemeteries, buildings and a theater, offer you a spectacular feeling along with a fascinating view.Ancient Thera is an antique city on a ridge of the steep, 360 m high and was named after the mythical ruler of the island, Theras, and was inhabited from the 9th century BC until 726 AD.Apart from its historic importance, Kamari, has a long beach covered with black pebbles, which is actually the longest of the island.
The beach extends in a northeast to southwest direction from Monolithos to the feet of the Mesa Vouno mountain that rises up to a height of approx. 400m.Once an agricultural and fishing village, modern Kamari boasts a thriving tourist industry, offering a wide choice of restaurants, cafes, and bars, plus several water sport activities.The traditional houses line the village of Kamari offering a beautiful view to the sea. Visitors can take a nice walk along the waterfront