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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Santorini’s History & Attractions

Thanks to its imposing volcano right in the middle of the sea, Santorini is one of the most scenic and beautiful holiday destinations around the world. However, apart from natural beauty, Santorini also boasts a wide range of archaeological sites telling the story of this unique island.
The beautiful volcano featuring the famous thermal springs; the extensive volcanic Caldera, which is the best place to admire the sunset; the important historical attractions; and the protective settlements filled with well-preserved townhouses and quaint chapels create a setting every culture vulture will love!

But let’s see which sights you shouldn’t miss visiting!

Minoan settlement in Akrotiri-Excavations have revealed a flourishing Minoan colony, which was destoyed by an earthquake and then covered in the ashes of the volcanic eruption happened in the 17th century.
Museum of Prehistoric Thera in Fira-It’s one of the most important museums in Greece displaying Cycladic artifacts and exhibits of the 17h century, such as the blue monkey, the golden figurine of a wild goat and many more.

The Archaeological Museum in Fira-Here visiotrs have the chance to admire many interesting exhibits from the archaic, roman, geometric and hellenistic period.

Ancient Thera in Mesa Vouno-The archaeological site is located in southeastern Santorini and it is a pure jewel in the crown. The site includes ancient temples, a cemetery, as well as an amphitheater, which was built by the Ptolemies and overlooks the vast Aegean Sea.

The volcanic islands of Nea and Palea Kameni-Boasting Santorini’s famous thermal springs, these two islets situated in the center of the Caldera gulf are accessible by boat. Visitors can go hiking around the crater and swim in the warm healing waters.

So, this summer pack your light clothes, along with your comfortable walking shoes, wear your sunglasses and hats, and off to discover the intriguing history of Santorini!

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