The name Thera is taken after the Theras of Sparta, who settled in the island and founded a colony, called "Mesa Vouno". The name Santorini derives from that of the church dedicated to Saint Irene, or from the that of the early Christian basilica in Perissa.
The volcanic activity within the last 2,000,000 years created the morphology of the island. To get to Santorini you may use sea or air transportation. There are daily departing ferries and high-speed catamarans from the port of Piraeus to the port of Athinios (ferry-boat duration 9-10 hours and high-speed 4-5 hours). Flights from Athens International Airport (Eleftherios Venizelos) are also conducted daily (duration 45 minutes).
With picturesque alleys, popular Cycladic architecture and sandy beaches. Santorini is the ideal island of romance and elegance and definitely offers up some of the most breathtaking sunsets, in the world.
The main areas on the island are: Fira, the capital of the island, Imerovigli, Oia, Megalohori, Pyrgos, Gialos, Finikia, Emporeio, Kamari, Perissa, Akrotiri, Karterados, Messaria, Vothonas, Vourvoulos, Episkopi Gonia, Athinios, Exo Gonia, Monolithos and Agia Paraskevi.
We suggest to make a day trip to the volcano by boat from Gialos, Athinios, or Ammoudi. Other important sights are the Minoan Town of Akrotiri, ancient Thera, a visit to the villages of Caldera, Fira, Firostefani, Imerovigli, Oia.
Major beaches of the island are: Perissa, Vlyhada, Perivolos, Kamari, Ammoudi, Culumbos, Exo Gialos, famous Red Beach, Vourvoulos, Pori, Baxedes - Paradeisos, Monolithos, Plaka, Saint George, Mesa Pigadia, Akrotiri, Almira, Mousakia, Kambia, Kantharos, White Beach and Karterados Beach.
You may also want to visit any or all of the following sites during your stay: one of the island's wineyards, the Museum of Prehistoric Thera in Fira, Megaro Gyzi, Thera foundation P. Nomikos, Archaeological museum, Maritime Museum, Folk art of Emm. Lignos, Argyros Mansion, Pyrgos Ecclesiastical Collection, Santozeum, "Santorini of the past", Bellonio Cultural Foundation, Exhibition of Musical instruments, Exhibition of minerals and fossils, Art Space, Wine Museum, Orthodox Metropolitan Cathedral, Church of Holy Cross, Orthodox Monastery of Prophet Elias, fortified Settlements, known as Santorini's Castles, Skaros, Saint Nicholas, Pyrgos, Emporeio, Akrotirio. Or pop over to nearby Thirassia, a small island with beautiful architecture and natural beauties.