Santorini Island is one of the most unique islands in the world and if you are planning a low budgeted holiday where there are magnificent beaches and other exceptional views and activities, Santorini is your desired destination.
It’s a semi circular shaped island created by a volcanic upsurge which took place in 1650 AD and offers outstanding views of the Greek Islands. The mouth of the crater inside the island is almost 900 feet deep into the sea and the outer coast is composed of dried lava black beaches. Thira is the capital city and is on the brink of towering cliffs with connecting trails to the beach.
Thira is an ancient historical and archaeological site full of with relics of a whole city called Dorian consisting of Hellenistic houses, engraved phallus, tombs dating back to 9th century BC and symbols of churches and fortifications of Byzantine era.
All of these are waiting to be explored by you. Graffiti at the sanctuary of Apollo displays names of boys who danced naked at the god’s festivals. These festivals date back to the 8th century BC. You are advised to rent a taxi or hike to the summit to explore more ruins which have been recently excavated by a German school of archaeology.
Santorini Island has been the victim of several volcanic eruptions for the last 2 to 5 million years with intervals of thousands of years -between eruptions. Santorini Island is located in an active volcanic region in the Hellenic Volcanic Arc. The last eruption took place in 1950 on Nea Kameni Island.
Since the most significant eruption on Santorini occurred in 1645 BC, numerous trivial and average eruptions have taken place. The islands of Nea and Palea Kameni were created due to these volcanic activities. These spectacular activities even give way to speculations to the legend of the famous buried Atlantis.
Cable Car rides are among the most exciting attractions in Fira besides so many other tourist activities on Santorini Island. The cable cars were introduced in 1979 to connect the lofty capital of Fira with the port below and are often referred to as Fira Skala.
More than 1000 people are transported by cable cars on a busy day and thrilling views of the bay can be enjoyed during the three minute ride. Donkey rides are available for road travelers but these rides may cost you a little more.
Cruises are the best way for sightseeing while relaxing and several boat cruises are scheduled to depart from the island to offer you the comfort of viewing the amazing scenic beauty of the island and the surrounding beaches and resorts.
You can observe the outstanding scenery of the nearby island of Thirasia which was once a part of Santorini Island but separated during a volcanic eruption some 2,200 years ago. From Fira Skala Port many smaller cruises are available to explore smaller islets like Nea Kameni and Palia Kameni.