Things you should know when you travel to Santorini, Greece

One of the most beautiful islands in Greece, is the island of Santorini.  Great poets have written about that rare beauty that captures every soul at first sight. If you are looking for a place to explore your five senses in every possible way, search no more. Santorini is just what you need.

How to get to Santorini

By plane

The easiest and fastest way to get to Santorini is via plane. From the Eleftherios Veniselos Airport in Athens, you have the chance to fly to Santorini.  There are two airlines to choose from: Olympic Air and Aegean. The flight does not last longer than 45 minutes. The airport of Santorini is almost 3 km outside Fira, the capital of Santorini. You can either take the bus or a taxi outside the airport to get to your hotel. There are some hotels that offer free transportation from and to the airport, so check to see if that arrangement applies to the hotel you will be staying at.

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By ship

If you prefer travelling by ship, you can take the ferry from the port of Piraeus, in Athens. if you use a high-speed catamaran, the trip will not last longer than 5 hours. All ferries arrive at the port of Athinios and from there you can take the bus or a taxi to get you to your hotel, or have someone from the hotel pick you up, if that option is available.

Local products

Santorini is famous for its wonderful local products.The unique characteristics of the volcano soil and the climate help in the creation of tasty vegetables like cherry tomato, white eggplants and capers which are used in all the local recipes.  Meatballs with tomato (well known as tomatokeftedes) is one of the most popular recipes in Santorini. Basically, they are made just like meatballs, only that tomato is used instead of meat.Fava is another popular recipe in Santorini. Local split peas are used and that makes that dish especially tasty.

Santorini is famous for producing some of the finest wines and the reason for that is none other than the volcanic landscape which has created ideal circumstances. Volcanic soil which  is especially rich in lava and pumise,  thick layers or volcanic material all over the ground as well as the dried earth due to rare rainfall help in wine-making. The most popular wines in Santorini are Aidani, Assyrtiko, Athiri, Mandilaria and Liatiko. More than 10 traditional wineries can be found on the island of Santorini, each of them offer all the above wines.

Hotels

For those who are on a tight budget but  still want to enjoy a comfortable, pleasant stay, Alonia Studios in Firostefani, only 400 meters from the main square of Fira is an excellent choice. There are five studios available , all traditionally decorated,  neat and spacious. All rooms are equipped with a kitchenette and a refrigerator, air-conditioning, bathroom, a TV set, and more importantly, private balcony with the most breathtaking sea view you could possibly imagine. Internet access is also offered for free. If you are planning Luxury Honeymoon Vacation to Santorini, Greece visit luxury-resort-guide.com for more details. For those who can afford to spend a little more, Above Blue Suites in Imerovigli, at the highest point of the cliffs may be what you were looking for. All then suites guarantee a truly romantic atmosphere, ideal for couples. Among the  exceptional amenities offered,  are the sun loungers by the pool, massage and beauty therapies, travel agent services as well as private cruises and excursions.

A trip to the island of Santorini guarantees happy memories for a lifetime.

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