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Staff Travel Journals: Kevin Richardson

Date Posted: 20/10/2017

My Santorini Educational!

I have just returned from an amazing educational to Santorini, courtesy of Thomas Cook. This island is beautiful and stunning, with so much to see and do.

Santorini is one of the Cyclades islands in the Aegean Sea. It was devastated by a volcanic eruption, forever shaping its rugged landscape. The whitewashed houses of its two principal towns; Fira and Oia, cling to cliffs above an underwater crater. Small islands to the west are beaches made up of black, red and white lava pebbles.

Santorini is very popular with couples and also for weddings. There are some amazing wedding venues overlooking the Caldera.

I was lucky enough to visit so many resorts such as; Kamari, Megalochori, Akrotiri, Perivolos, Perissa, Oia, Fira, and Thirassia. Each resort is very different; the main places for nightlife and beautiful restaurants are Kamari and Fira.

Oia is a must do, to watch the stunning sunset.  Get there early though, as thousands of people go every day to see the sunset - it is the fifth most popular sunset in the world! Simply breath-taking.

My recommendation to watch the sunset is to book a table in advance at a restaurant to watch the sunset as this will give you the best opportunity to see it.

Kamari is a famous beach resort of Santorini situated 10km southeast of Fira, the island's capital. Quite similar to the landscape of Perissa, the beach is covered by black sand, while on the left side of the beach is an enormous rock called Mesa Vouno protruding from the sea. The area is extremely attractive, especially at night when the rock is lit up in the dark. The beach of Kamari is fully organised, offering a wide range of facilities like sunbeds, umbrellas and various types of water sports.

The traditional houses line the village of Kamari, offering a beautiful view to the sea. Visitors can take a nice walk along the waterfront. Due to the modern amenities including hotels, restaurants, snacks, cafes, bars, and night clubs; the village becomes quite popular with tourists during the peak season. From Kamari, a road takes you up the mountain to Ancient Thira, and a caique boat can bring you to the wild isle of Anafi.

Fira is the capital of Santorini, and the most important of all villages. It is located at the west side of the island and offers a great panoramic view over the submerged volcano. Fira is a typical Cycladic village made up of charming white houses with blue windows and doors, separated from each other by small paved streets. Many of its beautiful buildings were constructed back in the times of the Venetian invasion, including some blue domed churches and sun-bathed verandas that offer an incredible view of the volcano and the sunset.

Fira is a busy town. During summer and in its high season, the central streets are overcrowded with tourists and filled with all kind of shops, jewellery boutiques, restaurants, cafes, bars, and night clubs. The town has a large number of hotels and, from a high position, you notice that most have swimming pools and verandas offering their customers a superb view. The caldera is considered the highlight of Santorini but there are some interesting churches that attract attention, as well as the sheer beauty of the town's architecture.

Oia is the most famous of all villages of Santorini. It is known throughout the world for its quiet life and fantastic sunset, and it’s certainly the most beautiful and picturesque! The village is also situated on top of an impressive cliff and offers a spectacular view over the volcano of Palia and Nea Kameni and the island of Thirassia.