Santorini

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Santorini is part of the Cyclades group of islands in the Aegean Sea, roughly halfway between Crete and Athens. Situated southeast of mainland Greece, Santorini is characterized by rugged landscapes, Minoan ruins, volcanic-sand beaches, and the whitewashed villages of Oia and Fira on the edges of the caldera. The whole island is a massive natural geological museum and has a thriving wine industry that specializes in the indigenous Assyrtiko grape variety.

Akrotiri

See a prehistoric town frozen in time when you visit the Akrotiri archaeological site. This Minoan-era settlement, excavated in 1967, is located northeast of Hania town on the island of Santorini in Greece. Archeologists unearthed the remains of buildings, fine frescoes, streets, tools, pottery, artwork, and more. The site is covered by a bioclimatic roof to make it easy for visitors to explore at any time of the day. Aside from the ancient town, there are also coastal resorts and monasteries on the Akrotiri Peninsula for tourists to visit.
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Santorini caldera

The Santorini caldera is a cauldron-shaped volcanic depression located 120km north of Crete on the southern Aegean Sea near Greece. Following the Minoan eruption of 1610 BC, five islands were were formed: Santorini, Therasia, Nea Kameni, Palea Kameni, and Aspronisi. Cruises are one of the top things to do in Santorini because tourists get to see the crater and the hot springs of volcanic Kameni islands at the center.
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Santo Wines

Santorini boasts of some of the oldest wineries in existence that produces high-quality white (Assyrtiko, Athiri, Aidani) and red wine (Mandilaria). Opened in 1947, Santo Wines is perched on a cliff on the outskirts of Pyrgos village, just a 30-minute drive south of Oia. Indulge in the best Santorini wines paired with a cheese platter or classic Greek dishes like grilled octopus with fava beans while savoring the breathtaking views of both sides of the island.
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Ancient Thera

Ancient Thera is a historic city that lies on the ridge of the Mesa Vouno Mountain, near the coastal villages of Perissa and Kamari, on the southeast coast of Santorini in Greece. This ancient city was founded by Spartan colonists who constructed public buildings made of limestone, a theater, a temple, and a paved road which still exists to this day. Ancient Thera can be reached by car from Kamari or by foot through the various mountain hiking paths.
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