March Obsession: Santorini (Thira), Greece
Feast your eyes on Santorini (or Thira)– THE top destination in Greece and this month’s obsession. This island 200km south east of Greece’s mainland is the largest of a network of islands (Cyclades) in the Aegean Sea. Santorini is actually the result of a series of large volcanic eruptions over 3,000 years ago, shaping its rugged landscape and multi-coloured cliffs made of red, black and white lava pebbles. These eruptions formed a 8×4 km crater or caldera that is submerged 400 metres deep underwater at the centre of the volcano. Villages of snow-white homes line the edge of the caldera, giving you that rustic, Mediterranean charm you’ve been waiting for. At sunset, the orange glow of the sun in combination with the red cliffs reflects onto the white walls of each town, making it one of the most romantic experiences you’ll ever know. Santorini is perfection when it comes to honeymooning or anyone seeking contentment in its highest form. The photo above just scratches the surface of Santorini’s beauty. You’ll find some of the most breath-taking sceneries, multi-coloured beaches, ancient cities, castles and churches that will take you back in time. Santorini has a variety of boutique hotels, luxurious resorts and villas, all with spectacular views of that big blue sea. You won’t find those large-chain all-inclusive resorts like most popular destinations. It’s no wonder people refer to this island as the “gem of the Agean Sea”.
The island presents a culinary experience like no other
Discover fantastic restaurants anywhere on the island that serve products they’re most famous for; fresh cherry tomatoes, capers, white eggplants, and a special goat cheese called hloró tyrí. The vineyards on the island produce some of the best wine on the planet because of the rich, volcanic soil the grapes are grown in. Stin iyia mas (let’s drink to our health)!
Some of our recommended activities include
– exploring the Minoan site of Akrotiri and a visit to the hilltop village of Oia– probably THE most stunning village in the Cyclades. While you’re there, you can take a ferry and explore the rest of the islands of the Cyclades with ease. You’ll be glad you did.