Ways to Experience the Beautiful Scenery on Santorini
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The stunning Santorini makes a stunning backdrop for your trip to Greece. This oasis mixes scenic natural beauty, an abundance of outdoor recreational opportunities, distinct white-washed buildings, and sparkling ocean waters set against the brilliant blue sky. Santorini will impress even the most discerning traveler. Before you set off on your Santorini adventure, you’ll want to consider having at least one of these experiences:
Watch the Sunset
You would be hard-pressed to find a more beautiful place to take in an island sunset than on Santorini. All of the island’s natural elements combine to create romantic sunset viewing from all over Santorini. While there are a host of amazing places to catch the sun sinking into the ocean in the distance, the quaint village of Oia boasts a well-earned reputation as offering some of the most magnificent sunsets. Or take to the water to watch the day come to an end while on a sunset cruise. Wherever you decide to watch the legendary Santorini sunset, you will be in for a treat.
Experience the Caldera
A volcanic explosion over 3,500 years ago on the island of Santorini led to the creation of this natural wonder. Visitors from all over the world come to view this geological configuration. The 4-mile caldera is best viewed from either Oia or the capital city of Fira. Both locations offer a myriad of restaurants, hotel accommodations, and other amenities designed to deliver the perfect jumping off point for your caldera exploration. Visitors to Fira can even choose to ride a donkey to the summit of the caldera, providing breathtaking views along the way.
Visit the Volcano and Hot Springs
In addition to the caldera, Santorini also features two small islets of black lava. Nea Kameni is especially known for the healing waters of its hot springs. The high amount of sulfur in the Agios Nikolaos islet is heralded for its therapeutic powers. Because many of the villages of Santorini are located high on the towering cliffs, visitors can take in the sweeping views of the volcanoes and their islets. The island’s largest volcano, Palea Kameni, also features healing hot springs.
Go to the Beach
No trip to Santorini is complete without spending a significant amount of time at any of its many beautiful beaches. Vlychada Santorini features a long stretch of sandy beach complete with loungers perfect for putting your feet up and relaxing. When you are looking for a remote beach experience, look no further than Cape Columbo. This isolated stretch of beach is located 10 kilometers from Fira and boasts towering red cliff formations that overlook the warm waters. Or choose the famous Red Beach and its exceptional snorkeling opportunities under the distinct landscape of red and black volcanic rock formations.
Santorini is one of those islands that has a lot to offer. Although there is a lot to do, the scenery is definitely a standout. While here, you will want to make it a priority to visit some of these gorgeous places.
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