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Santorini is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful places in the world. I know that you’ve probably seen hundreds of photos but believe me those photos do not even remotely do it justice, it is truly one of the most beautiful places in the world that you definitely have to experience in your life. The power of this volcanic island creates an energy that overwhelms the senses. While everyone knows about its famous sunsets, not many people know about its super interesting history and all the amazing things you can do on the island.
2. Only 15,000 people actually live on the island of Santorini yet 1.5-2 million people visit every year!
3. There are more churches than houses in Santorini.
4. They say there is more wine in Santorini than water because of how little rain they get.
5. There is so much white and blue on the island of Santorini because they are the colors of the Greek flag. Blue represents the sky and the sea and the white represents purity.
6. Until 1960, there was no electricity. There were only donkeys and fisherman.
7. The edges of each stair on staircases and walkways are traditionally painted white because the walkways and staircases used to be poorly lit. The white helped people determine where the edges were so they wouldn’t fall over a cliff.
Perissa, Perivolos (along with Kamari) are all Black Beaches and walking barefoot on these beaches isn’t something I recommend as the sand is extremely hot and it can be a slightly painful experience but they have the nicest sand. They are about a 30-minute drive from Fira and 45 minutes from Oia.
The views and settings in Fira, Firostefani, Imerovigli and Oia are magical. It’s easy to walk between Fira, Firostefani, and Imerovigli but Oia is a two-hour hike or 10 minutes by bus or taxi north of Imerovigli, so feels like a separate part of the island. If you are looking to be in the center of all the action, you have to stay in Fira, although you may pay a little more to do so. If you are seeking a quieter getaway with the best views of the caldera and have a bit more money to spend, I would recommend you check out all the amazing properties Oia has to offer. I don’t recommend staying at the beach as the caldera is what makes Santorini so unique. But if you still want to stay there, then Kamari is the best town.
Santorini’s cuisine boasts extraordinary ingredients thanks to the nutrient-rich volcanic soil. Amongst the island’s specialties are its world famous sun-dried cherry tomatoes, fava beans (split peas), capers, and white eggplant. Santorini’s chefs are always experimenting with local products, combining traditional recipes with modern gastronomy, and making the island a top culinary destination.
Deciding where to eat, is the second trickiest question visitors need to make. Fira has the most choices and the best selection of budget friendly food (just walk away from caldera and into the center of town). Oia, nearby Amoudi Bay, and Imerovigli have a higher concentration of top notch restaurants but they worth to splurge.
People usually eat really late in Greece so, if you are looking to go out … you shouldn’t go out until around 1:00 AM and 8:00 PM. Also, a big part of our culture is to share multiple dishes amongst everyone at the table and that applies to dessert too. Most of the time, many restaurants and taverns offer a sweet dessert or a liquor as a courtesy at the end of the meal to help with digestion.
4. Us Greeks are fluent in English so you won’t get lost in translation too much, but just in case, it’s common travel courtesy to try and know a few phrases in the primary language of the country you’re visiting! Here are the ones that would be good for you to know when venturing to Santorini!
Kalimera – Good Morning / Good Day!
Kalispera – Good Evening / Good Afternoon!
Efharisto – Thank you!