Marvelous Santorini is very attractive Greek island located in the southern Aegean Sea. The ideal tourist infrastructure, stylish boutique hotels and tasty traditional cuisine combining with Greek hospitality have made this island the favorite place among hundreds of thousands tourists.
The island will bedazzle you by its white cozy houses and interesting architectural ideas. We are talking about the Doors to the Sea. Indeed, you will find a lot of viewing doors. Just open these doors and you will enjoy the breathtaking view of the Sea.
Santorini was named by the Latin Empire and is a reference to Saint Irene, from the name of the old cathedral in Perissa village – the name Santorini is a contraction of the name Santa Irini.
The capital of the island is Fira (or Thira). The population appeared on the island in 3000 years BC, when the island had the name Strongýlē (Greek: Στρογγύλη, “the circular one”). The island indeed had the round shape, but it was destroyed by the volcano named Santorin and had 1,5 km height. Now the island had the half-moon shape as the result of volcano eruption in 1500 years BC. This period was the beginning of the Minoan civilization decay as further tsunami destroyed the territory of the north coast of Crete island.
Nowadays Santorini island is the world center of tourism, millions of tourists all over the World are dreaming to see its white houses and blue cathedrals. Scenic views of the cities Thira (Fira) and Oia (Ia) developed a good reputation among artists. Santorini is a paradise for photographers. We were charmed by the island, each its street is the masterpiece. However the particular attention should be paid to spectacular Santorini’s sunsets, ones of the World best. The sunset on Oia is so beautiful that a lot of people crowded to enjoy it every evening. City Oia considered as the most beautiful city in Greece, and it is a favorite place of filmmakers.
One of the most popular resorts on Santorini is Kamari. This beach won the prestigious award Blue Flag. There is a black pebble beach, a beautiful promenade, many hotels, bars, restaurants and shops. Please read about the black volcanic beach of Kamari in our standing head Top List Read more.
Each hotel or guesthouse is an art object. There are expensive and budget options of hotels. Experts of J&T magazine would like to recommend our readers some sophisticated boutique-hotels.
Hotel Aenaon Villas is rated for the best value in city Imerovigli. Aenaon Villas are situated at the highest and narrowest part of Santorini, right on the edge of the world-famous caldera, and are open to all four points of the horizon, from east to west.
The villas’ exterior is made in a traditional style, according to Cycladic architecture. Each villa offers a separate living room and dining room, equipped kitchen, bathroom with shower and private veranda. Some villas have a fireplace.
Private verandas provide access to the infinity pool, which is built on the caldera’s edge and offers views of the Aegean Sea, the caldera, the volcano and the unique sunset.
Hotel Oia Santo Maris Luxury Suites and Spa is located in the picturesque Oía of Santorini, 7 km from city Fira. The picturesque center of Oia is located within just 350 m of hotel. The cliffs from which Santorini visitors enjoy the majestic sunset views, are right next to the property.
Oia Santo Maris Luxury Suites and Spa offers 4 outdoor swimming pools. An outdoor hot tub is available in every suite.
All suites combine classy and Cycladic decoration elements. Each opens to a patio or terrace with Aegean Sea views. A kitchenette fitted with electric kettle is available in each unit. A TV with satellite channels and DVD player are offered.
A fitness center is offered, while guests may also use the spa facilities provided by extra charge. The on-site restaurant serves breakfast, a la carte meals and dinner. Free WiFi is available in all areas. Airport or port shuttle can be provided at extra charge. Free private parking is possible on site.
Hotel Enalion Suites is located on Santorini’s caldera. Enalion has a privileged location only 200m from the centre of Oia. Visitors of the hotel can enjoy 2 shared outdoor hot tubs with the views of the volcano.
The lux suites of Enalion is decorated in cave style, have wooden-carved furniture and have the access to the shared balconies. There are a kitchenette with dining table and a living area with flat-screen satellite TV.
The lively Fira city is 10 km away from the hotel. Free Wi-Fi and free parking are available.