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Get to know the hidden gems of Santorini

Find Santorinitours.org at Emporio 847 03, call us on 694 457 7918 and book Santorini tours.  Santorini may be one of the most popular islands in the Mediterranean, gathering tens of thousands of visitors every year from every corner of the Earth and having been used for tourism for the most part, but it still maintains some corners unchanged and “hidden” from the eyes of the majority who choose to visit its most “famous” spots.

Beaches impressive for their environment and atmosphere, monuments of the culture of the past centuries, but also important locations for the history and identity of the island, give visitors a different picture of the popular destination.

Skaros

Skaros was the medieval capital of Santorini, the precipitous rock of the caldera in front of Imerovigli, which the Venetian conquerors chose in the 13th century to build their headquarters considering that its position was the most strategic on the island.

Initially, the Upper Castle, Roka, as it was known, was built and then the settlement spread towards the base of the rock, always on the landward side and not on the caldera side, which would have been exposed to the eyes of the enemies. At its base there was a wooden bridge that was the entry point to the settlement. For almost seven centuries, Skaros was the seat of all the administrative services of Santorini and the residence of the Venetian Lord of the island.

Today on the rock of Skaros there are only a few ruins to testify that the heart of the island once beat there, but the walk there is worth it because one can reach the chapel of Panagia Theoskepasti, on its outer side, with a unique view of the volcano , Palaia and Nea Kammeni.

Vlychada

Towering rocks, sculpted in such a way that whoever faces them cannot believe that they are a creation of nature and not of humans, endless deep blue sea and fine black sand. This is the scene at Vlychada beach in Santorini, one of the most impressive on the island.

It is located at the southeast end, immediately after Agios Georgios, Exomytis and Perivolos, near Megalochori and Emporio and at a distance of 13 kilometers from Fira. It is a very long beach and along its entire length, the rocks create really impressive formations. It is organized only at the beginning and is never full of people

Columbus

Kolumpos is the beach of Santorini located opposite the underwater volcano of the same name, in the east of the island. It is only 4 kilometers from Oia and in order to reach it one should continue on the short path after the paved road. It has no organization, while the black pebbles and red rocks create a unique feeling and a very special landscape.

At one end of the coast a towering white rock is formed, where the seal cave is also located, an interesting formation. Usually this particular beach is preferred by the youth, while in Santorini it is also known as the beach par excellence where one can practice nudity.

Saint Irene

The Early Christian Basilica of Agia Irini, the ruins of which were only discovered in 1992 on the outskirts of Perissa, provides the answer, according to scientists, to the question: How did the name Santorini come about for the island of Thira? The “remains” of the ancient temple are located at the foot of Mesa Vounos, in southeast Santorini, very close to the modern settlement of Perissa and Ancient Thira, which was discovered at the top.

It is estimated that it was built at the end of the 5th century AD, but it was destroyed in the beginning of the 8th century, possibly due to the eruption of the volcano in 726 AD, which, however, has not been confirmed at the moment. Later, on the ruins of the ancient majestic temple, a more humble church was built – this was the one that everyone knew until the great discovery of 1992.

Ancient Thera

At the top of Mesa Vounos, on the southeast coast of Santorini and between Kamari and Perissa, are the ruins of Ancient Thira. It is estimated that it was founded in the 9th century BC. by Dorian settlers and was inhabited until the early Byzantine years.

To reach Ancient Thera, one should either follow the paved area that leads to the entrance of the archaeological site, or go up the old cobbled road from Kamari, on the slope of Mesa Vunou. The view from both the route and the archaeological site towards the southern part of Santorini is magnificent.

Finikia

“Hidden” behind the shadow of the famous Oia, Finikia is one of the most authentic, traditional villages of Santorini. It is only a ten-minute walk from its famous neighborhood and is located at the highest point of the plain, in the northwestern part of the island. This plain, rich in vines and other products, capers, tomatoes, fava beans, gave the village its character: The rich landowners lived in Oia and the farmers who worked in their fields were the inhabitants of Phoenicia.

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