Hidden Gems

See stunning Santorini with boat charter in Greece

By Jenny Wilson
on  December 11, 2015

Santorini is one of the most popular destinations for holidaymakers and it is not difficult to see why. A boat charter in Greece is the ideal way to discover this gem of an island with its stunning landscapes and fascinating archaeological treasures.

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Santorini is actually a cluster of islands but usually refers simply to the largest, which is also known as Thera. Santorini is famed for its multi-coloured cliffs, which are the result of one of the biggest volcanic eruptions in history in 1613BC. The island curls around the crater left by this cataclysm, which gives Santorini its distinctive appearance. Dark blues seas, snow white buildings and cerulean skies, combined with dramatic layers of coloured cliffs, make this truly a feast for the senses. Fira is the busiest town, with plenty of bars, restaurants and shops set against a breathtakingly beautiful backdrop. It is well worth a look, not least for the fabulous photo opportunities it offers.

The town of Akrotiri is quite rightly recognised as one of the most important archaeological sites in Greece. 50 years ago an excavation project began that revealed an ancient Minoan city buried beneath the volcanic ash. Visitors can wander among walkways and see roads, drainage systems and well-preserved buildings, giving a unique insight into ancient Greek life. The nearby Museum of Prehistoric Thera showcases some of the incredible finds from this dig.

To really experience all this island has to offer, head to the north and visit the village of Oia. Not only are there plenty of beautiful walks to enjoy and authentic tavernas overlooking the caldera to tempt you but also the sunsets are simply magnificent. A couple of hundred feet below is the port of Ammoudi, which has great views of the red cliffs. Any boat charter in Greece should find the time to visit this utterly unique place.

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