Things To Do In Santorini
A trip to the beautiful island of Santorini may, for some at least, be little more than a relaxing seaside break beside the glorious Aegean Sea. For those in need of things to do in Santorini, however, a host of magnificent attractions and highlights to discover is available. From history and culture, to intrigue and fascination, unveiling the delights of the island will prove rewarding and unforgettable. Take a look at our list of things to do in Santorini for inspiration before you travel.
When it comes to finding things to do in Santorini, few adventures compare to a visit to the excavations at Akrotiri. This ancient Minoan city lay buried for centuries, covered by volcanic ash the result of a catastrophic eruption from 1613 BC. Following extensive excavations, the site is today protected by a cool structure, where wooden walkways enable visitors the chance to navigate and explore the remains of the city.
Among the highlights of Akrotiri are magnificent three-storey buildings that survived the eruption; and, with roads, drainage systems, and pottery surviving from the period of Minoan occupation, the opportunity to make new and exciting discoveries will appeal to history aficionados and humble travellers alike. Guided tours at Akrotiri are available to give added context to the site during your visit.
With original settlements established as far back as the 9th century BC, it’s not suprising that ancient Thira represents one of the major draws of Santorini holidays. The site – which can be accessed by one of the hourly minibus tours from Kamari – is home to ruins from such majestic civilisations and empires as the Hellenistic, Roman, and Byzantine eras, with each successive generation leaving behind a mark of its own.
Today, a visit to Thira provides an opportunity to uncover a host of historically important temples, homes, mosaics, an agora (market), a theatre, and a gymnasium. Such a magnificent array of landmarks will prove of rich fascination for history enthusiasts and the layman alike, while the stunning panoramas that can be experienced from Thira’s impressive setting ensure a day out to live long in the memory of any traveller.
For something a little more relaxing, and a little more sophisticated, a quick stop off at the Koutsoyannopoulos Winery will prove the perfect option. Featuring everything you could ever want – or need – to know about winemaking, Koutsoyannopoulos Winery can be found some eight metres below the ground. Sound unusual? Well, stretching some 300 metres below ground, this compelling museum is as unique as they come, with the added bonus of offering delicious refreshments after you have completed the tour.
The Koutsoyannopoulos Winery selection offers a wide variety to suit your palate. From young and fresh white wines, to rich, full-bodied reds, the Koutsoyannopoulos family winemakers utilise their exceptional knowledge of the process to provide magnificent samples.
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