Sightseeing

For those visitors passionate with trekking the paths Fira – Ia and Kamari – Perissa offer unique occasions for exercise and photo shooting. The beaches, located at the Southern part of the island are ideal for relaxation, partying and water sports. Whether you are visiting the island as a couple, solo or as a family there is a great variety of options for water of land excursions that over all expectations.

The climate and geological uniqueness of the island has contributed to the creation of a vineyard with specific characteristics. Asyrtico and Mavrotragano are two indigenous varieties, whose cultivation goes deep in time, can be found in abundance on this small Cycladic island.

 

Archaeological Site of Akrotiri, Akrotiri

It is one of the most important prehistoric settlements of the Aegean. The first habitation at the site dates from the Late Neolithic times (at least the 4th millennium B.C.). During the Early Bronze Age (3rd millennium B.C.), a sizeable settlement was founded and in the Middle and early Late Bronze Age (ca. 20th-17th centuries B.C.) it was extended and gradually developed into one of the main urban centres and ports of the Aegean.

The large extent of the settlement (ca. 20 hectares), the elaborate drainage system, the sophisticated multi-storeyed buildings with the magnificent wall-paintings, furniture and vessels, show its great development and prosperity.

The various imported objects found in the buildings indicate the wide network of its external relations. Akrotiri was in contact with Crete but also communicated with the Greek Mainland, the Dodecanese, Cyprus, Syria and Egypt.

The town's life came to an abrupt end in the last quarter of the 17th century B.C. when the inhabitants were obliged to abandon it as a result of severe earthquakes and the eruption followed. The volcanic materials covered the entire island and the town itself. These materials, however, have protected up to date the buildings and their contents, just like in Pompeii.

Archaeological Museum of Thira

Open daily, except Monday, 8.00-15.00.

It was built in 1960 by the Ministry of Public Works in order to replace the old museum (built in 1902), which had collapsed during the earthquakes of 1956.

The Museum contains the following collections:

  • Sculpture, ranging from the Archaic to the Roman period.
  • Inscriptions, ranging from the Archaic to the Roman period.
  • Vases and clay figurines, dating from the Geometric to the Hellenistic periods.

Ancient Thira : The Settlement

The second important period in the history of Santorini is linked with the city of Ancient Thira. The excavation there, begun in 1896 by Baron Hiller von Gaertringen in the area of Mesa Vouno, revealed ruins of town which bore evidence of settlement as early as 9th century BC. The mountain of Profitis Ilias, Santorini's highest peak runs eastward into the lower rocky outcropping of Mesa Vouno. These two mountains are joined by a ridge named Sellada.

Mesa Vouno, with an altitude of 369 metres, extends from west to south and its steep slopes plunge to coast at Kamari to the north side and Perissa to the south.

This naturally fortified spot was an ideal place for the Spartan colonists to found their city. They built two roads, one to Kamari, where they had their port, and the other to Perissa. The strategic location of the town was appreciated later by the Ptolemies. In the 4th century BC, the most important era in the history of the island, Ancient Thira was transformed into an Egyptian naval base with the installation there of a large garrison.

Excavations in the area have brought to light a Hellenistic settlement that stretched from north - west to south - west. It was about 800 meters long its greatest width was 150 meters and was split in two by a central street, from which many side streets branched off.

Because of the sloping terrain, many of the alleyways were stopped. Of the buildings that have been discovered, the public ones were constructed of dressed limestone blocks, a material found in abundance on the island, while private houses were made of small stones of irregular shape. Apart from ceramics, examples of the plastic arts (sculptures) have been also found in Thira. Although it developed after pottery, perhaps because of the absence of the raw materials needed.

Museum of Prehistoric Thira, Fira

The Museum of Prehistoric Thira houses finds from the excavations at Akrotiri, conducted under the auspices of the Archaeological Society at Athens, the earlier excavations at Potamos made by members of the German Archaeological Institute at Athens, and rescue excavations at various other sites on the island, which were carried out by the 21st Ephorate of Antiquities for the Cyclades and Samos.

Bellonio Cultural Foundation, Fira

The Bellonio Cultural Foundation is situated near the main square of Fira adjacent to the post office. The Cultural Center was founded by the brothers Loukas & Evaggelos Bellonias in 1994. A melting pot of Santorini’s culture, tradition, and heritage, the Center is one of Santorini’s most popular and prestigious Cultural venues. There is a well stocked library with a large selection of books that provide fascinating insight and information.

The Bellonio Cultural Center regularly hosts cultural shows and art exhibitions. As a pioneering organization, the Bellonio Cultural Center strives to promote the rich culture and artistic tradition of Santorini. In the past, the center has successfully hosted Mural Art Exhibitions depicting mural paintings belonging to Prehistoric, Hellenistic, Byzantine and modern period. Not only does the center display the art objects, typical art exhibitions wherein renowned artists, academics and scholars are invited to deliver lectures on the subject.

La Ponta, Akrotiri

La Ponta is located in a 13th century Venetian Tower within the castle (Kasteli) of Akrotiri, 1km above the pre-historic archaeological site of Akrotiri, Santorini.

The tower hosts a tsabouna - Greek folk wind instrument of the bagpipe family - exhibition and workshop along with traditional Greek percussion and flutes. In our workshop we construct the tsabouna, various traditional and ancient Greek flutes and the Cycladic drum doubaki. Musical instruments are available for purchase at La Ponta.

Folklore Museum of Manolis Lignos, Kontohori, Fira

The folklore museum of Santorini is located in Fira at a place called Kontohori. The museum is hosted into traditional cave houses of 1861. We suggest to take the small walk from the main square of Fira to discover the gem Mr Manolis Lignos has created. With a 3 euros ticket you receive a guided tour of the museum. It is actualy the recreation of a tiny village and take a walk into the past of Santorini walking between the various shops and houses.

The main exhibits are:

  • Typical cave house
  • Traditional winery (cave, wine cellar with treading vats, barrels, wine press, linens and antiwue utensils)
  • Cavern (showing evidence of the volcanic eruption ftom the excavation of the layers of soil)
  • Traditional workshops (Carpenters, Barrel makers, Shoemakers and Tinsmiths)
  • Gallery about Santorini (a display of works by famous artists inspired by Santorini)
  • Historical archives (Lithographs, Manuscripts and Books from Santorini)
  • Garden with seating areas among trees and flowers
  • Chapel of Agios Konstantinos with its belfry and its festivities room
  • Pictures of the way of living on the island a few years before.

Museum of Ancient Greek, Byzantine and Postbyzantine Musical Instruments, Oia

Santorini Museum of Musical Instruments: The Museum of Ancient, Byzantine and post-Byzantine musical instruments is housed in the old Community building of Oia Santorini, a characteristic and central spot of the village. The museum, which contains the personal collection of Mr Halaris, a prominent musician, was recently inaugurated in October 2011 and is the result of dedicated research and the building up of each carefully sourced item over many years.

This interesting collection includes musical instruments that date from 2,800 B.C. up to the early 20th century. It shows the effort of the Mr Halaris to preserve music as part of an ever-changing civilization. The reconstruction of some musical instruments was done with the contribution of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. The categorization of the exhibits was made according to their date and kind.

A visit to the museum is possible upon request.

Museum of Minerals and Fossils, Perissa

The Museum of Minerals & Fossils of the Cultural Society of Thira was founded in 2006 and is located in Perissa, close to the Church of the Holy Cross. Display cases include minerals and fossils from Thira, the rest of Greece and abroad. Amongst the exhibits is an invaluable rich collection of minerals from Lavrio. Mr. Nikos Sigalas is President of the Cultural Society of Thira and responsible for the museum. Of the fossils that cover all groups of organisms, the ones of particular interest are plant fossils from olive, gorse and palm trees that come from the caldera of Santorini and date back 50,000-60,000 years from today.

It is a very rare old flora which is unique in the whole of the Mediterranean and provides an essential record of the evolution of plants of the past, not only in the Aegean but also across Europe. It is particularly worth noting that the museum's oldest exhibit dates back 1.5 billion years from now and the most recent dates back 50,000 years.

Traditional Weaving Mill, Oia

Oia Santorini has always been revered for bringing the traditional Greek weaving mill into the 21st century. Having been home and representative to the weaving technique for 22 years, the past four years have also elicited support from the Communal Development Office of Oia. From rugs to patchwork, blankets, cushions and much more, women from Oia use traditional looms to keep alive their heritage.

Present Day Today the weaving mill has two weavers that keep up the tradition on the island and who very often go beyond their limits in order to bring their work to completion. However, any woman who is interested may sit beside our weavers and learn the art of the loom. It's a fact that tourists really like those products. This year the community has employed more people in the mill's shop which has resulted in a clear improvement on a commercial level. The weaving mill's exhibition area can be found next to Oia's Communal office. This offers all those interested the opportunity of viewing a wide range of manufactured goods in traditional and also modern colors, as well as designs that suit all types of houses and hotels.

The Traditional Weaving Mill of Oia now has the Greek Handicraft Producer trade-mark, which is awarded by the Hellenic Organization of Small & Medium Industry & Handicrafts (EOMEX) to notable traditional products. History From the Homeric period through the classical period and into the Byzantine period, the loom was prevalent in Greek homes. This continued even through the Turkish occupation. The 18th and 19th centuries saw the art of weaving flourish and production of wool, cotton and silk increased significantly. Presently, Greek textile products are implemented in luxury decoration for shops, hotels and homes.

Maritime Museum, Oia

In Oia, the picturesque traditional town on the northwest coast of Santorini, an 19th century mansion has been restored and converted into a museum that houses the Maritime History of Thira.

Rare figureheads, Seamens' Chests, old maritime equipment, carrening drawings and patterns, models of old and new Thiran ships, acquarelles featuring old sailing vessels as well as rare photographs and a library, all register year by year the contribution of the Thirans to the glorious history of the Hellenic Navy. Oia reached the peak of prosperity in the late 19th & early 20th century. Its economic prosperity was based on its merchant fleet which plied trade in the Eastern Mediterranean, especially from Alexandria to Russia.

Wine Museum, Vothonas

The Wine Museum is an extraordinary natural cave, 6 meters below ground and 300 meters long. It presents the history and life of wine from 1660 to 1970.

The Wine Museum of Santorini along with Koutsogiannopoulos winery that produces Volcan Wines, and the vineyards are situated in the area of Vothonas, on the way to Kamari beach. A small family business, established in 1880 from brothers Gregory and Dimitris Koutsogiannopoulos, four generations later, George Koutsogiannopoulos is the new owner.

Activities

Boat Tours

An ideal way to enjoy the magical landscape of Santorini, the volcano and the nearby island of Thirassia is sitting on the deck of a luxurious yacht or catamaran while having a drink or taking a more party – like boat tour around the Caldera and meet with other people.

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Water Sports

In Perissa and Kamari beach watersports prevail. Mediterranean Dive, Santorini Dive Center and Wave Sport Club offer you everything -from jet skis, canoes and bananas to wind surfing. There is also a Water Park in that area for the younger guests.

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