Many may say that have visited this Greek island, but certainly very few have been fortunate enough to charter a yacht in Santorini or even join an exciting Mediterranean sailing flotilla. Located in the Cyclades archipelago, anchored in the southernmost part of the Aegean Sea, Santorini has become a popular destination for both vacationer and adventurer alike. With its history, its wild and unique geography and the typical Greek architecture, Santorini is one of the Med’s most precious jewels. Each year thousands of tourists from all corners of world flock here, mesmerised by the magic of its cliffs, volcanic sand beaches and the unforgettable spectacle of sunsets, which are among the best in the world.
Santorini is arguably the focal point of sailing holidays in the Aegean Sea due to its central location, which makes it an ideal choice for yacht charter. Boat hire in Santorini can allow you to access all of the Cyclades. You could sail to an abundance of different historic and beautiful Greek islands such as Crete, Paros, Naxos, Lavrion or Mykonos, and the Ionian Islands for example. The capital can be used as the perfect stop over point for three or four days and explore the city and other surrounding towns, such as Oia, Imerovigli or Firostefani. Fira is well worth your time due to the gorgeous looks of the city as well as the entertainment and fantastic restaurants.
Santorini is unique compared to the rest of the world both geographically and architecturally. With a shape reminiscent of a crescent, Santorini we know today is radically different than it was about 3500 years ago, when an eruption submerged the centre of the isle, leaving a huge caldera whose ancient ruins are the huge 300m high crags, which today is populated. The caldera is one of the most interesting geographic areas in the whole of Greece, and is a must-see! Ecological, economic and climate changes occurred all around the Mediterranean due to the eruption and could even be the cause of the Greek myth of Atlantis. Certainly, there is no evidence to prove this origin, nor the existence of the city, but the people of Santorini will tell you that the legends are true.
Western Santorini has the best views and picturesque scenery; it is also here where the main towns are located. The island is a caldera that boasts some stunning views of this Greek island which rivals other fantastic places in Greece such as the Cyclades, Lavrion, Paros, the Saronic Isles, Mykonos, Oia, Naxos and many more Greek sailing destinations. 13 kilometers outside of the capital is the small town of Vlichada, where you should land during your time in Santorini. There is one of the most stunning beaches in Greece in Vlichada and secondly, the main marina is situated there and is the perfect place to moor your boat.
Anyone visiting Santorini has to stop in Fira. The town hangs on, tooth and nail, to the brow of the caldera that was created by the numerous eruptions that have shook Santorini over the centuries. The city has persevered, a town that in return for regularly enduring the wrath of the gods, has been blessed with natural beauty. Every corner and alley are cast in shadow and colors that contrast with the white walls of houses and blue domed churches that are dug deep into the rock. Despite having only 18,000 residents, the city is full of life, especially at night, when the terraces of bars and pubs are filled to the brim; creating noise, music and laughter and also the perfect holiday environment.
However, there is much more to see in Santorini; many other villages are speckled over the land which have Greece’s iconic white walls which may also remind you of the coastal towns of Morocco or Tunisia. In the north you will find a town called Oia where you can see the best sunsets. From Oia travel along a road which snakes along the cliff face, thus creating some breath-taking views. The road leads to the picturesque village of Imerovigli, ideal for a relaxed evening and enjoying the magnificent view.
You may experience an odd feeling while visiting the islands of Santorini: the cruel effects of Mother Nature. In a way, these islets -Thirasia, Nea Kameni, Palaia Kameni and Aspronisi- are like the tips of the cypresses of a cemetery, a cemetery submerged in the lagoon that forms in the center of the archipelago. Here, vast amounts of archaeological remains can be discovered, from the Phoenicians to the cops of the Delian League, Egyptians, Romans, Byzantines, Venetians and Turks, remains of all can be discovered. Diving in this area is an extraordinary experience, it is like visiting an underwater museum. Any history lovers going on a boat trip in Santorini have to peruse the Archaeological Museum of Santorini and the Prehistoric Museum.
Whilst the interior of Santorini is covered gorgeous steep rock faces, the eastern coast meets the sea forming many alluring beaches. There, the crystal clear, blue sea contrasts sublimely with red, white and black sands and volcanic stones.
This is one of the most spectacular beaches in Greece and the Mediterranean. Perfect for snorkeling, this secluded beach is stunning due to the clash of the dark red sand against the navy blue sea. The rocks surrounding the beach are a dark red and look like they are from the surface of Mars!
Located in the south, next to the main marina, is a beach of dark sand mixed with pumice light colored sand, protected by high walls of the same rock, which the wind has chiseled and sculpted over the centuries, creating colorful and evocative shapes and landscapes.
Like the rest of Greek cuisine, Santorini is closely linked to the Mediterranean eating habits, providing a perfect balance of nutrients with a variety of outstanding dishes based on seafood. While on vacation you will have the opportunity to taste delicious Greek dishes like Moussaka or Tararmasalata (fish sauce, bread, onion and lemon roe). Also important are the first courses, called mezze. Mezze is delicious and includes the Keftedes (spicy meat balls) and Tzatziki (yogurt, olive oil, garlic, cucumber and dill) sauce. As for desserts, fruit is often eaten in Santorini, although it is also advisable to taste the variety of typical sweets that the people of Santorini adore.
Explore the Aegean and all that this amazing Greek Sea provides you during your yacht charter holiday. Adventure in the Saronic Islands and as many of the Greek Islands as possible, isles and towns like; Lavrion, Mykonos, Paros, Oia and any of the other Cyclades that you want to see! You are in control when you rent one of aBoatTime’s crewed or bareboat yachts on a yacht charter sailing holiday. So take advantage and visit Santorini and go sailing amongst this gorgeous Greek Island, its lagoon and all the surrounding islands in the comfort of your own bareboat or crewed boat or yacht in the gorgeous Aegean and Mediterranean Seas!
Santorini, like the rest of the Aegean islands, enjoys a typical Mediterranean climate with low rainfall throughout the year and high temperatures in the summer months, reaching an average temperature of 29 ° C in July and August. In the winter the average temperature drops to 12 ° C. The first weeks of autumn and late spring are highly recommended for a yacht charter, due to the lower amount of tourists, low prices and mild temperatures.
Throughout the year there are regular flights from Athens to Santorini Airport, located near the village of Kamari, southeast of the island and 8 kilometers from the capital, Fira. Travel time is 30 minutes. In high season, numerous flights land directly on Santorini from different European cities.
There are several ferry companies - Hellenic Seaways, Blue Star or leaving Greek Dodekanisos-who offer regular routes from the port of Piraeus in Athens to Santorini. The quick journey takes 4 hours, whereas if you decide to take a cheaper fairy the estimated duration is 7 and a half hours.
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