Destination to choose in Santorini
Almost every place in Santorini is special, you have to stay there at least one month to visit all the places and never get bored. But if you do not have plenty of time, Fira and Oia are the must seen places in Santorini.
Fira the capital city of Santorini, sits on the edge of the crater, 900 feet above the old port. Access to the original port was by 800 winding steps down from the capital. If you want to go down you can ride donkey or cable car. Fira is the largest town on the island. There are numerous shops, restaurants and bars, as well as the start of an amazing coastal walk leading up to Firastefani & Imerovigli. Fira is also the centre of all buses and taxis. Firostefani is a quieter part of the town, 1km from Fira, joined by the picturesque walkway along the edge of the caldera. It has its own centre with restaurants, cafes and a few shops, and is a perfect place for someone who wants the convenience of Fira without crowds ideal for honeymooners who love to have the romantic and quiet time.
Beside Fira you have to visit Akrotiri, Emporio, Episkopi Genias the village was built at the end of the 11th century by the Byzantine emperor Alexios Komnenos and Messa Gonia a village full of traditional architecture
For museum lovers there are :
Archaeological Museum in Fira Finds from the excavation of ancient Thira & the island.
Open Daily 0830-1500 (Excluding Mondays).
Admission Fee: 3 Euros
Museum of Pre-historic Thira / Fira
Exhibiting artefacts of ancient Thira, the geology and the history of Santorini.
Open Daily, 08.30 - 15.00 (Excluding Mondays).
Admission Fee: 3 Euros
and many more. Santorini is rich of museums you will have a place to visit everyday.
There are many festivals too in Santorini like :
International Music Festival
Renowned artists come from all over the world to perform at Nomikos Conference Centre, Fira (1st week of September, 16 days long)
Kamari Sea Feast
The 4-days festivities start from August 15th and include live concerts on Kamari Beach and a traditional bazaar with food and wine at the village of Episkopi
Last 2-3 days in mid August, in Fira. Reproductions of local customs, Santorinian wedding, concerts, traditional dancing and a figurative volcanic eruption with fireworks.
Oia Santorini, is the perfect place for pedesterian lover. Facing south in a fishbone layout. The main pedestrian street connects its ends accross the top of the cliff, with many local branches.It is dramatic, stricking and quieter than tourist-frenzied, Oia is famous for its imaginary sunset and its narrow passageways get crowded in the evenings. Imagine walking in Oia holding hands and watching the most beautiful sunset in the world, you will like to have another week to stay :)
The most popular spot to watch sunset is by the Kastro walls. The central square, Nikolaou Nomikou, skirts the caldera. The town hosts a cultural centre, Greek art galleries as well as the usual handicrafts, souvenir and jewellery shops. Oia, is beautiful, exquisite small town and an ideal place for those seeking peace and quiet. Houses, paths, churches built up skillfully on the northern part of the island. All the forementioned exists in combination with the best golden sunset in the world. You must recognize the white and blue old church by the Aegean Sea, it is the most famous scene in Oia. So..fascinating
About 500 people live permanently in the village, rather few if compared with its population by the end of the 19th century. Today Oia offers full facilities to the visitors, many of the old traditional houses and churches have been restored, and apart from lodging, restaurants and cafes, it has a cultural center, a few art galleries and a maritime museum established in 1951.
Enjoy and celebrate your love in Santorini. Happy traveling.