Wednesday, December 6, 2017

6 Reasons You Should Consider Visiting Santorini at Least Once in Your Lifetime



Santorini in Greece is best known for its unique architecture and beautiful beaches, and it’s already a household name for many. However, many are unaware of the wonders the small island has to offer. Here are six reasons you should consider visiting Santorini at least once in your life.

Budget

Santorini does contain some luxury hotels that cost a fortune, but you can also find many affordable hostels and small hotels. This makes Santorini a much better deal than trying to stay in Athens. You’re also able to find authentic Greek food off the street at a low price. Santorini is still quite traditional, so you can find fresh fish and local produce at a reasonable price.

Beaches

Santorini sits on the Aegean Sea. The island contains nearly wild beaches barely touched by human civilisation to fully developed beaches that rival the top Mediterranean resorts in the world. And you can reach these beaches from many affordable accommodations. This isn’t like Hawaii where you have to pay top dollar for the best hotels to be right on the best beaches on the island.

Sunsets

If you’re a budding photographer or just like a beautiful sunset, Santorini is for you. Santorini is famous for its amazing sunsets. That is in addition to the deep blue sea. Or, you could enjoy the other attractive spots on the island. There are plenty of them since the island was voted one of the most beautiful islands in the world.

History

Santorini has been settled for thousands of years. It was the home of one of the largest volcanic eruptions in history, the eruption of Thera, that was likely to blame for the collapse of the Bronze Age. Its eruption probably caused the demise of the Minoan civilization on Crete a short distance to the south. Archaeologists have found sites dating back from the Late Neolithic to its era as a major Bronze Age port. The island remained a major port through the Greek Empire, Byzantine Empire, and Ottoman Empire. Yes, this Greek Island was ruled by the Ottomans starting in 1579. It was annexed by Greece in 1912.

Hospitality

Santorini has a small native grape variety that is used by its local wine industry. Fishing and agriculture remain sources of local employment, though the islands relative lack of water barring its one desalinization plant limits that. However, the main source of employment on the island is tourism. This means that the locals are amazingly friendly. It also means that you can find affordable rooms for rent in any village up to major estates. For people looking for a Santorini villa as opposed to a hotel, visit the Blue Villas website through this link, as they offer a range of amenities, such as their into the blue experiences, to make your stay more hospitable.

It has also led to delicious opportunities, such as locals cooking in the distinct Santorini style and serving food on the patio. You’ll also find a number of shops catering to everyone from the luxury tourist to the budget buyer. And none of it is the kitschy touristy stuff you find near the Parthenon.

Santorini is the most famous island in its group, but visiting here puts you in the middle of some of the best tourism opportunities in Greece. You’re a day’s trip from Mykonos, an infamous party haven. You’re a short boat trip from the Castle of Guerini on Astipalea. Or visit less travelled islands like Ios, Naxos, and Milos.

Santorini is an affordable tourist destination in Greece that lets you see authentic Greek culture or appreciate the Aegean Sea. There are excellent beaches, including many that are not crowded. The sunsets are amazing and the locals are hospitable, not hostile, to tourists. And you’re centrally located among some of the best Greek islands, making those islands a short-day trip from your Santorini stay.



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