What to Do in Firostefani Village on Santorini
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Greece is an old country that is rich in heritage and tradition, and Santorini contributes a significant past that holds something for everyone. Between ancient and modern times, the area has made cultural and historical contributions to the world. Greece is a singular place, but Santorini is a singular place in Greece.
Lounge at a Beach
Santorini is within 13 km or less of several wonderful beaches that are unique to the area. They each offer particular features that are hard to find anywhere else. Red Beach is pebbled, organized, offers red and black volcanic sands, and hot water. Vlychada features an intimate port where yachts and fishing boats can be moored. Agios Georgios has a reputation for being the most tourist-friendly beach of Santorini. Cape Columbo is known for consistent breezes, isolation, wildlife, and peace and quiet. Perivolos is great for party goers who enjoy beach bars and taverns with a lot of local flavor.
Watch the Sunset
Any number of the beaches offer picturesque sunsets, but many more places on the island have beautiful views at dusk. Hotels and other places of lodging were built with beautiful views in mind. The island offers many venues for singles, couples, and families to enjoy the scintillating sunsets in a group or in private situations. Every evening is an opportunity to experience nature’s wonder and whimsy from several different vantage points.
Visit a Monastery
Santorini plays host to many different places of worship, reflection, and sanctuary that reflect its past occupations and settlements. Prophet Elias was built along rocky terrain and vineyards at the highest point in Santorini in 1712 and was an important point of trade and commerce for over a century. Now it is a testament to rare ecclesiastical collectibles, including books and Byzantine artifacts, and shops where monks trade goods and services like candles and wine.
Agios Nikolaos was rebuilt in 1820, but holds a history of the town since 1651. It is unique in world history as a monastery built especially for women. It sits between two villages of note, Firostefani and Imerovigli, which are filled with traditional homes, shops, taverns, lodgings, and breath-taking views of the capital, Fira.
Enjoy Great Food
Food and wine are paramount to Greek culture. Fertile volcanic soil yields fantastic foods and wines that support delicious local flavors. This means that patronizing the local and family owned restaurants are the best bet for authentic dishes and drinks, and they are abundant on the island. Taverns, grill houses, and fish taverns, a significant number of which reside on one of the many beaches in the area, use locally grown ingredients like fresh seafood, beef, chicken, lamb, tomatoes, artichokes, olives, goat milk products, and those amazing salads. You can’t beat fresh delicious food with authentic ambience and entertainment.
Greece is a beautiful country, and Santorini is a spectacular experience. Though a major earthquake in 1956 affected the entire town, much of its splendor and beauty remains intact in the land, the buildings, and the people.
This post was written by GreekBoston.com