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In Santorini, every single stone has its share of glory. A glory arising from the grandeur of its landscape. Santorini is not easy to describe. Santorini is not comparable with any other Greek island. What makes it so different from any other island, is its imposing landscape, the caldera with its impressionistic contrast of colours, its terrifying birth...

Santorini is a small island, located at the south end of the Cyclades island complex. Her name is officially Thera but Santorini is what the island is called most of the time. She is positioned between Ios and Anafi, 130 nautical miles from Piraeus and 70 nautical miles from Crete. She covers an area of 96 km2 and has a total coastline of 69 km. There are almost 11.000 people living here, but in the winter the population drops to 6000.

The western coastline ends up brutally meeting the famous Santorini caldera. A big basin covering approximately 32 square miles the depth going from 300 to 600 meters. At the western end of the caldera, we find the island of Therasia and an inhabitant island, Aspronissi. By taking a good look at those three islands we can easily distinguish a virtual borderline of what used to be there before the caldera was formed. In contrast to the sheer cliffs at the western part, the eastern side of the island consists of endless stretches of beach covered by sand or shingle where someone can enjoy the sea swimming in the clear blue waters of the Aegean.

From the port of Skala the visitor can reach the capital Fira with cable car, donkey or by walking up the hundreds of stairs. Fira is a cosmopolite city with night life and famous cafes for day and night. But the best to enjoy here is the most beautiful sunset from the Caldera, which has been the inspiration of many artists due to its magnificent location and superb view having just in front of you the volcanic island and the Aegean Sea. The city is also full of jewellery and fashion stores where pieces of fine art in gold are sold together with clothes of world famous fashion designers. Famous galleries expose here the works of many artists inspired by the beauty of the island.

Santorini is a stood here for thousands of years and is proud for her history and glory that her inhabitants gave her. In the archaeological museum there are many pieces showing this long history but the Akrotiri is the history itself. Situated at the southern part of the island, with ruins of a Minoan city destroyed by an eruption of the island's volcano around 1500 BC have been uncovered. Many two and three-story buildings, town squares, workshops etc. were found buried under the volcanic ash, like a prehistoric Pompeii.
 
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