Midweek Wanderlust, Destination: Santorini

Santorini, or classically known in Greece as Thira, is situated in the stunning Aegean Sea amongst the 6 thousand other Greek Islands.

The island of Santorini is part of a circular archipelago in the the metamorphic complex of the Cyclades islands group. This group is a remnant of a volcanic caldera, or sinkhole formed by a collapse following the evacuation of magma. Essentially, Santorini is the result of an enormous volcanic eruption that destroyed what was once previously one larger island, creating the current geological formation. It is one of the biggest highlights for tourism in the Aegean Sea, and a world mecca for volcanologists.

Extraordinary Colors
Photograph courtesy of Tomas Marek
Hikes to Oia and Thira
Hikes to Oia and Thira
Photograph courtesy of The Sunday Chapter

The main stretch of Santorini curves around a 32 square mile lagoon with three edges consisting of cliffs towering nearly a thousand feet above the water. The rest of the island slopes smoothly down into the Aegean Sea, with white, black, and red sandy beaches, and rocky reefs adorned with colorful coral and aquatic life.

Santorini remains the home of a small, but flourishing wine industry, based on the indigenous Assyrtiko grape variety. White varieties also include Athiri and Aidani, whereas red varieties include mavrotragano and mandilaria.

Assyrtiko is famed to be the Grecian island’s essence in a bottle, and is renowned throughout Europe. During the rule of the Venetians between the 14th and 16th century, Santorini wine was some of the most valuable and sought after in all of Europe.

Seaside Vinyard
Seaside Vinyard
Photograph courtesy of Decantor

While visiting vineyards in Santorini, you will notice the extraordinary and unusual way the vines grow. In contrast to the majority of grape vines around the world that grow along trellises, in Santorini, the vines grow in tight bunches almost like tumbleweeds. Woven closely to the earth along the rocks, their growth is tightly bound, seeking shelter from the powerful gusts of sea air. The fresh oceanic breeze, along with the rich volcanic soil, imparts the refreshing acidity for which the wine has become so well known.

Assyrtiko-Vineyard

Photograph courtesy of Vine Pair

Santorini’s whitewashed villages, blue cupolas, flawless beaches, exquisite Grecian food and wine, and breathtaking sunsets make it a destination for millions from across the Earth every year. Take a peek at some of these stunning captures of the island’s magic!

What to See

Pyrgos
Pyrgos
Photograph courtesy of Touropia
Ancient Venetian Castle, Pyrgos Agias
Ancient Venetian Castle, Pyrgos Agias
Photograph courtesy of Touropia
Byzantine Castle Ruins, Oia
Byzantine Castle Ruins, Oia
Visit the Castle!
Bursts of Color and Cupolas
Bursts of Color and Cupolas
Photograph courtesy of The Sunday Chapter
Nea Kameni
Nea Kameni
Photograph courtesy of Touropia
Fira Santorini
Fira Santorini
Photograph courtesy of Pinterest
Oia Village
Oia Village
Photograph courtesy of Pinterest
Illuminated Passageways
Illuminated Passageways
Photograph courtesy of Glo Holiday
Infinity Pools
Infinity Pools
Photograph courtesy of The Sunday Chapter
Blue + Gold Accents
Blue + Gold Accents
Photograph courtesy of Enjoy Family Travel
White on Blue
White on Blue
Photograph courtesy of The Sunday Chapter
Thira Ancient Ruins
Thira Ancient Ruins
Photograph courtesy of Touropia
Remains of Akrotiri
Remains of Akrotiri
Photograph courtesy of Wikimedia
Epic Hikes
Epic Hikes
Photograph courtesy of The Sunday Chapter
Amoudi Bay
Amoudi Bay
Photograph courtesy of The Sunday Chapter
Akrotiri Santorini
Akrotiri Santorini
Photograph courtesy of The Sunday Chapter
Red Beach
Red Sand Beaches
Photograph courtesy of One Day in a City
Black Sand Beach
Black Sand Beaches
Photograph courtesy of It’s All Bee
Vlychada White Sand Beach
Vlychada White Sand Beach
Photograph courtesy of Carmen’s Luxury Travel
Legendary Sunsets
Legendary Sunsets
Photograph courtesy of The Sunday Chapter
Iconic Cafes
Iconic Cafes
Photograph courtesy of The Sunday Chapter

Greek Food!

Exquisite Seafood Dinners
Exquisite Seafood Dinners
Photograph courtesy of My Toronto My World
Fava me Koukia
Fava me Koukia
Photograph courtesy of Hand Luggage Only
Tomato Gefthedes
Tomato Gefthedes
Photograph courtesy of Hand Luggage Only
Saganaki
Saganaki
Photograph courtesy of Hand Luggage Only
Grecian Salad
Grecian Salad
Photograph courtesy of Hand Luggage Only
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Keftes
Photograph courtesy of Hand Luggage Only
Moussaka
Moussaka
Photograph courtesy of Hand Luggage Only
Spanakopita
Spanakopita
Photograph courtesy of Hand Luggage Only
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Souvlaki and Gyros
Photograph courtesy of Hand Luggage Only
To Psaraki Cafe Catch of the Day
To Psaraki Cafe Catch of the Day
Photograph courtesy of Hand Luggage Only

Boutique Hotels

Andronis Boutique Hotel
Andronis Boutique Hotel

Stay Here!

Paradise Views
Paradise Views
Photograph courtesy of Design Rulz
Cliffside Lagoon
Cliffside Lagoon
Photograph courtesy of Enjoy Family Travel
Surreal in the Real
Surreal in the Real
Photograph courtesy of Pinterest
Stunning Sunsets
Stunning Sunsets
Photograph courtesy of Glo Holiday
Fisherman's Catch
Fisherman’s Catch
Photograph courtesy of Hand Luggage Only

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