Travel Spotlight: Greek Island of Santorini
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It would be an agonizing task if you forced us to single out one destination in all of Greece to visit. But if you did, it would be the Greek Island of Santorini.
While we’ve yet to pay a personal visit to Santorini, those blue domes overlooking the Aegean Sea have long been calling us to a visit.
To make our personal travel appetites even stronger, we’re currently designing a two-week, trip-of-a-lifetime journey to the Greek Isles for clients of our newly launched Roaming Boomer Travel Services.
The Greek Islands comprise over 6,000 islands and islets scattered all throughout the Aegean and Ionian Seas, of which only 227 of them are inhabited. The most famous island group in the Aegean Sea is the Cyclades; and it is here, in the southernmost part of these islands, that we find Santorini.
The whole complex around the island of Santorini is actually an active volcano with the caldera hidden beneath crystal blue waters. Interestingly, it is also here that ocean explorer Jacques Cousteau looked for the lost city of Atlantis.
Six Reasons to Visit the Greek Island of Santorini:
- Romance – Santorini is considered to be the most sought after destination for romance in all of Greece.
- Scenery – there are precious few places in the world where you can enjoy stunning crystal clear ocean views from a hotel room perched upon the rim of a volcano in the middle of the sea.
- Cuisine – Santorini has a long and celebrated gastronomical genealogy. And when you consider the fact that your table is likely to be perched hundreds of feet above the shimmering Aegean, you’re likely to find an unforgettable culinary experience.
- Beaches – on Santorini, you will find beaches with white, red, or black sand, spectacular rock formations, and impressive lunar-looking landscapes.
- Archaeological Sites – visit ancient cities remarkably preserved under centuries-old volcanic materials. Also, visit Oia; designated as a cultural heritage site, an ancient city embedded in steep pumice cliffs and celebrated for its remarkable sunset views.
- Wine – winemaking has occurred in these islands for millennia. No visit to the Greek Islands would be complete without a tour of these ancient, historic wineries.
You know, we’ve been doing a lot of traveling over the past few years, and I think it’s high time we move Santorini closer to the top of our bucket list. All of this research has definitely heightened our longing for a visit.
Credit: photographs from Greece Tourism
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