Take a Day Trip to Thirassia While Visiting Santorini
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Santorini is one of those islands that has charmed people for centuries. The scenery is gorgeous are a constant inspiration for those who visit and live on the island. There is also plenty to do here, including museums to visit, beaches to lounge on, and plenty of restaurants serving traditional fare to enjoy.
There are some opportunities for day trips, as well. Some people love to take a day to visit the island of Thirassia. In the summer, you can get to Thirassia Island by boat from Santorini. The boat leaves from the village of Oia, and it takes only 10 minutes to get there. Once there, you can catch a bus to Manolas. Here’s more information:
About Thirassia Island
Thirassia is a small island that doesn’t see a heavy tourist crowd, but it makes a nice retreat for people looking to get away from it all. If you’re hesitant to spend an extended period of time on the island, doing a day trip from one of the other islands in the Cyclades, such as Santorini, is a good compromise. It is easily accessible from Santorini by Ferry and you don’t need to spend more than a day here in order to see a lot. While Santorini is the largest of these islands, Thirassia — which consists of a little more than 3.5 square miles — is the second largest island in the group.
Not only is Thirassia a relatively small island, but there are only a little more than 300 people living there, making it the perfect place for a secluded island adventure. There are also 5 small villages on the island that might be worth visiting: Agia Eirini, Agrilia, Manolas, Ormos Korfou, and Potamos. In Agrilia, which is the smallest of these villages, there are only two people living there, and in Manolas, which is the largest village on the island, there are only a little more than 150 residents.
In fact, Thirassia was once part of Santorini. Sometime in the second millennium B.C., a volcano erupted on Santorini, causing widespread destruction. In fact, it is considered one of the largest volcanic eruptions ever recorded and may have inspired the myth of Atlantis. During the eruption or its aftermath, Thirassia broke off from Santorini.
What To Do on Thirassia Island
The biggest attraction of Thirassia Island is its natural beauty. There you will find an island untouched by the modern world. They did not even have electricity on the island until the 1980s. While on the island you can visit the charming villages, which includes picturesque homes and flower gardens. The island is also home to a number of barren and pristine beaches, and there are hot springs on the island as well.
If you like visiting quaint old churches, you will find 20 of them on the island. Also worth a visit is the Monastery of the Assumption of the Virgin, which is just a short distance from Manolas. There is only one hotel on the island, but there are a number of restaurants and cafes.
If you are looking for a secluded little getaway while visiting Santorini — or just want to get away from all the tourists and tourism for a little while — Thirassia is the perfect excursion. It is a place where you will find unlimited natural beauty.
This post was written by Greek Boston