Gyros, souvlaki, tzatziki… Greek food is irresistible and widely known around the world. But Santorini, a small island in the Aegean sea, has a cuisine unlike any other. That doesn’t surprise me – after enduring the worst volcanic explosion in the history of mankind, I’d want to be the one to call the shots as well.
If I ever have to create an impressive sounding street name, I’ve got myself covered. After a week in Santorini, I’ve officially been transformed from tame globetrotter to wild sunset hunter.
Hordes of tourists besiege the island of Santorini every year, eager to bask in the warm sunshine and the presence of their beloved one. What could be more romantic? Why, sitting down with a glass of something good and watching the sun shyly dip its underbelly into the sea!
Sunset watching seems pretty straightforward – you sit and you watch. Not so in Santorini! You have to find the perfect spot, fend off a hundred fellow sunset gazers and then try very hard to crop them out of your photos.
Santorini, or Thera or Stroggyli, as it used to be called, is the southernmost Cycladic Island. It is actually a group of smaller islands consisting of Thíra, Thirassiá, Asproníssi, Palea and Nea Kaméni. The island is most known because of its active volcano. It is probably the only volcano in the world, whose crater is in the sea. The eruption of the Santorini volcano, also referred to as the Minoan eruption of Thera, is allegedly the cause of the destruction of the Minoan Civilization.
Beautiful white and blue houses on precipitous hills making one dizzy, a mysterious volcano, and spectacular views: and luxury hotels. One can find everything on this gorgeous Island. Some writers and mystics consider Santorini to be a part of the lost continent of Atlantis. Romantic poets say – it’s an Island of Love. They seem to be absolutely right. It’s unique; and a ‘MUST VISIT’ place.
My experience of the Ionian Islands before this trip was limited to Paxos – an island I had thus far considered to ‘feel’ different from many other Greek islands I’d visited. Kefalonia was to be my first trip to Greece in a couple of years – and as soon as I arrived I knew it was going to be the kind of island I was looking for. Read more
Luckily for visitors, Rhodes enjoys a close proximity to Symi Island, which can easily be reached by ferry from Mandraki Harbor in Rhodes Old Town. Upon approaching Symi port, you will be greeted by a number of colorful fishing boats bobbing in the harbor and an expanse of neoclassical island homes stretching up the hillside. Gialos is the main harbor on Symi and the island’s capital. Read more