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Things to do in Santorini

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Santorini Attractions and things to do in Santorini

Santorini is one of the most famous islands in the world. Located 100 kilometres north of Crete, the volcanic island of Santorini, officially known as Thira and explodes into the Aegean Sea. A unique, crescent shaped, island formed by an ancient volcanic eruption said to have taken place in 1650BC and with the most breath-taking views in all the Greek islands. The inner edge of Santorini island plunges almost 900 feet into the sea and the outer coast has long black volcanic beaches. Fira, the capital, is perched above towering cliffs and is connected to the harbour below by a winding path of steps. Its whitewashed houses are constantly photographed and it also boasts many excellent restaurants, shops and bars.

Shopping

There are a few shops in Imerovigli that contribute to the basic needs of the tourists. For extensive shopping, shoppers can head to Fira, which is less than 15 minutes away from Imerovigli.

Nightlife

Nightlife in Imerovigli is limited to conversing and dining over a glass of cold beer or other alcoholic beverages. For those looking for a more boisterous nightlife should visit Fira which is just a few kilometres away.

Imerovigli village in general

Imerovigli is a small and charming hamlet and is one among the Santorini villages in Greece. This village is just a few kilometres away from the bustling capital of Fira. Unlike Fira, Imerovigli is a calm village and gives a good break from the hustle-bustle of the everyday life. This pleasant hamlet is located on the cliff top offering picturesque views of the area. The waters of Imerovigli are surrounded by arid mountains, which take reddish-orange tint during sunrise and sunset hours and present dramatic sights to the onlookers.

Attractions

There is plenty to see and do whilst in Santorini and we have listed a few ideas below. Several of these attractions can be booked at discounted rates to our customers who use our Flight & Hotel search option. If you're only booking the hotel with us then most attractions can be booked from your hotel or via a local agency but the cost may be higher


Afroditi Sunset Cruise Sail into the heart of the volcanic caldera of Santorini to experience a red hot sunset that will linger long in the memory. This stunning cruise aboard a traditional Greek caïque sailboat will hug the western coastline of Santorini before following a sea route between the two volcanic islets in the centre of the caldera, which was caused by a massive volcanic implosion thousands of years ago. It destroyed much of Santorini, leaving four islands with often sheer cliffs. On Nea Kameni, the larger of the two isles in the middle of the caldera, you will visit the volcano crater, the rim of which can be hiked. Then you will sail to the hot springs on Palia Kameni, the smaller of the two. The sulphuric water there is warmer than 30 degrees and said to be good for the skin. From the centre, we will head to Thirassia, the westernmost of the four islands that resulted from the implosion and then on to Oia, which is the northernmost village on Santorini itself. This epic odyssey will be accompanied by romantic music and plenty of local wine with the dinner. And the best is saved till last as the real show begins on the way back, when you will marvel at the stunning sunset over the caldera. Meeting/pick-up point: Athinios port. Start/opening time: Depart from Athinios port at 3pm. End/closing time: Return to Athinios port at 8.30-9pm.


Spa treatments in Santorini Lotus Spa is a spacious and brand new spa center in Santorini. The “gem” of El Greco Resort is a place that you can spend endless hours of leisure and rejuvenation. Walk into a world dedicated to beauty and pure relaxation and give your holidays and your honeymoon a really restful dimension. Cleopatra Hometown glory (scrub, donkey milk and honey). Cleopatra is one of the most magnetic and seductive woman of human history who knew how to take care of her face and body beauty. Ancient sources prove the beauty of her skin and fresh complexion Donkey milk helps to clean your skin and with the honey, it makes you feel nice and soft. It is especially for dry skin because it is a treatment that restores the elasticity in the tissue as it nourishes and renews even the deepest layers. Duration: 60 minutes.


Cooking lessons at Markezinis Suites restaurant Engage in one or a series of cooking lessons on the preparation of Greek recipes and impress yourself and your loved ones with a mouth-watering, authentic Greek meal cooked by you! The chef of Markezinis Suites Restaurant will initiate you into learning how to cook like a Greek by sharing his top secrets in using the top ingredients of the island and other parts of Greece. Previously a “canava” (winery and cellar) the restaurant’s kitchen constitutes the ideal venue where you will explore the delights of the local and Greek gastronomy and discover easy ways to create dishes containing Santorini’s unique agricultural ingredients. The best part is that after the lesson you can indulge in the meal you prepared yourself. We will save the best table in the restaurant for you and treat you with a glass of exquisite Santorinian wine to accompany your creation! Duration: Two hours.


Catamaran trip It is widely agreed upon that the sunsets over the isle of Santorini are counted among the most beautiful and romantic sights in the world. See it with your very own eyes on this sunset cruise that will take you to some of the most pleasant locations around Santorini before admiring the afternoon’s climax: the sunset. Begin by boarding the enticing catamaran that will take you to the locations of your dreams. Appreciate how it has been designed with only your comfort in mind. First the catamaran glides towards the red beach. Don’t forget your swimming gear, for you are invited to swim in the clear waters of this paradisiacal scenario. Hop back on board and sail to the white beach, where you can appreciate the splendid light house, just south of the caldera – a strange and beautiful geological formation made from overlapping volcanoes. Head, afterwards, to the steaming hot springs that surround the foreboding volcano. Continue along the coastline for the best vantage points of the caldera as the sun begins to set. Admire the kaleidoscopic mix of colours playing off the volcanic surfaces and appreciate how Santorini’s sunset is, indeed, the Sunset of Sunsets. As night embraces land and sea, feast on a succulent top-notch dinner on board, served with fine wines and pudding. Let the delicate clatter of cutlery be the only sound to surround you, as you close this magical day beneath the Greek zodiacal figures that look down at you from the stars. Meeting/pick-up point: Depends on clients' hotel. Start/opening time: There are two options for the clients to choose: morning option start: 10.30am end 3.30pm; Afternoon Option: 3.30-8.30pm.


Gastronomic experience Selene’s aim, since 1986, has been the promotion of local products, Santorini and Cycladic cuisine. We have been trying to transmit this ‘experience’ to our guests through cooking classes, wine and food tastings and menu degustation. Selene has moved since last year to Pyrgos village and it now spreads in two venues, both located in the same complex as ‘Drosos-Chrysos’ folklore museum: a permanent exhibition where the visitors can become familiar with the traditional ways of the agricultural production in Santorini and the traditional way of living. So, we can now offer you a unique and complete gastronomic experience with the following options: T1. Welcome, museum and fine dining: Every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday you are welcomed at Selene downstairs with a glass of wine, following a visit to the folklore museum of Drosos-Chrysos, while a presentation of the agricultural products of the island completes your knowledge of the farming life of Santorini. A gourmet dinner follows at Selene upstairs (fine dining) with amuse bouche, 4 course menu and miniardise. The sample menu includes fish roe with herring eggs and beetroot puree, santorini zucchini with botarga jelly and clam and sea urchin with lime foam, squids with smoked fava and cuttlefish’s ink flakes, sea bass and zucchini with garlic with stuffed zucchini flowers and baklavas with Santorini pistachios and baklavas ice cream. Please, note that there might be some changes in the menu according to the chef’s choice. T2. Welcome, museum, short cooking lesson and dinner: Every Monday, Wednesday, Friday at 6:30pm at Selene downstairs you are welcomed with a glass of wine, following a visit to the folklore museum of Drosos-Chrysos, while a presentation of the agricultural products of the island completes your knowledge of the farming life of Santorini. You will enjoy a cooking demonstration of one dish of the proposed 3 course menu that you will of course afterwards, taste. The menu includes tomato fritters in pita bread and salad, pork grilled with cream of fava and melitini with strawberries. Please note that menu may vary according to the season.


Caldera Cruise - Morning Santorini’s caldera is one of the Mediterranean’s greatest natural marvels. So you’d be mad not to cruise around its waters and volcanic islets. The caldera was caused by a massive volcanic implosion thousands of years ago. It destroyed much of what was then one island, leaving in its place four islands: Santorini, Therasia, Nea Kameni and Palia Kameni. This catastrophe explains why Santorini itself has such sheer cliffs and why the islands form a circle. On this morning cruise, you’ll climb aboard a traditional wooden sailboat to cruise to the Kamenis, the two uninhabited lava islands that rise up from the caldera. Hike up to Nea Kameni’s crater, striding over warm lava to see its steamy fumes and drink in the views over this unforgiving yet captivating landscape. Next you’ll cruise to the thermal springs of Palea Kameni, where you will have the chance to swim in the mineral rich waters, which can reach temperatures of 35 degrees. Then it’s back on the boat to cruise along the coast, where whitewashed houses are perched high above the caldera’s northern edges. Before you return to the port, there will be time to admire the views from the beach as you tuck into a snack and water on board. Duration: Three-and-a-half hours. Start/opening time: At 9am. End/closing time: At 12.30am.


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