Akrotiri is one of the most important prehistoric settlements of the Aegean.
The first habitation dates from the Late Neolithic times -at least 4th millennium BC. You can imagine how the American tourists were delighted.
Otherwise, the most nationality I saw in Santorini were Japanese, Chinese, and Americans of different ages. The restaurant visit the most elderly Americans in big groups. The food is perfect. Be sure to try all their Greek salads, fish that has in abundance and traditional moussaka. Prices are affordable considering that Santorini is a luxury destination.
Next in our trip was to see places with kilometers of sandy beaches which are Kamari, Perissa, and Perivolos. Perfect sea and the beaches and promenades with restaurants and souvenir shops. I was most fascinated by the Theros Beach, which can be easily reached by car and went on a short walk from Vlichada. The famous Red Beach was crowded, so I was not attracted to swim there, but I loved how the local musician played the violin while we were walking to the beach. At a lot of places are selling fruit, but not at affordable prices. I remember that near the Red Beach was truck on which they were selling fruit and for two clusters of grapes you could pay dinner!
On our way, we saw many vineyards and because of the island’s volcanic soil, it is naturally resistant to most diseases, so we can say it is bio fruit. It is re-planted throughout Greece. Types of white grapes are called Assyrtiko, Athiri, and Aidani. Even on the terrace of our hotel was planted grapes.
What fascinated me (but really what is not fascinated on Santorini???) is Vlichada harbor where you can see the typical fishing boats with beautiful colors.
On our way back we stopped in the village of Pyrgos and the small place of Megalochori.
Since the island is on a hill and opened, not protected because there is no particularly high land around, the island is subjected to strong winds throughout the whole year. Most commonly local wind “maistros” that comes from the northwest side and also south winds or “ostria” which are usually stronger than the north ones. An important characteristic of Santorini (as well as, of the whole Aegean Sea) is “meltemia. ” Meltemia is northwestern winds, felt how strong it can be!!! It blows from May to September. It comes like blessing during the hot summer days.
Santorini is definitely a place where you want to go back. But in my case for it will probably wait because the world has so many unexplored places I want to see. 🙂
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