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Santorini

A thousand sunsets, a thousand memories, a thousand heartbeats, colours of blue red & gold streaking the sky ... this is Santorini island ... Poets have written about it, artists attempt to capture its beauty. Nothing can quite describe ... the unsurpassed magic of Santorini. This tiny Greek island in the Aegean sea, rich in history & steeped in myth, is situated on the southern east tip of the Cyclades Cluster. Once famous for its seafaring captains & thriving trade from Russia towards England, France & Italy, & even further back in time the biblical volcanic catastrophe of 1500 BC, today Santorini is one of the most popular holiday destinations worldwide.

Santorini is a group of islands in the south Aegean sea: Thera, Thirassia, Aspronisi, the Christiana Islands, Palia Kameni (Hot Springs) and Nea Kameni (Volcano). The Province of Thera (Thira) is made up of Santorini, Anafi, Thirassia, Ios, Folegandros and Sikinos – the Southern Cyclades group.

CHARACTERISTICS
Rocky steep terrain on the caldera side (west coast), volcanic rock, pumice stone, unusual rock formations. Other areas have a gentler terrain. Climate is moist, warm summers with cool evenings. August has the famous 'Meltemia' winds. Sparse rainfall during the winter months.

ARCHITECTURE
Cave Houses (dug into the volcanic rock), neo classical mansions, cobbled streets and winding paths, domed churches (many with a blue dome), most houses have a dome at some part of the roof structure.

HOW TO GET TO SANTORINI
Boats depart from Piraeus all year round. During the summer season high speed hydrofoils also leave from Piraeus. Boats and highdrofoils also connect Santorini with all Cycladic Islands, Creta, Kos, Rhodes . There are also .Direct flights from Athens International Airport are available all year round. Also charter from all over Europe are available during summer season.

Capital Fira : built on the Caldera cliffs on the west coast of the island
Main Port Athinios Port
Airport Monolithos area
Food & Agriculture Vineyards - grape cultivation, cherry tomatoes, santorini cucumber, fava bean, santorini capers and cucumbers= 'Katsouni', santorini watermelon, chloro cheese, sweet pies = 'Melitinia'
Latitude 36 19’ 56” to 36 28’ 40” N.
Longitude 25 19’ 22” to 25 29’ 13” E.
Geography 128 nautical miles from Piraeus port on the mainland
63 nautical miles north of Crete
73 square kilometers in size
Permanent residents : 14,600 (2010 census)

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