A massive volcanic eruption around 1650 B.C. forced the center of what was then a single island to implode and succumb to the sea. Some say that this was the original home of the lost city of Atlantis, which long ago disappeared into the ocean's depths. Whatever remains of this mythological metropolis is now guarded by beautiful beaches and stately whitewashed homes. Today, Santorini consists of two inhabited islands and several islets. Most visitors spend their time on Thira (the archipelago's largest island), which is home to Santorini's major towns, including Fira and Oia. Sleepy Thirassia makes for a relaxing daytrip too. And don't count out the quieter islands: Nea Kameni and Palea Kameni are worth exploring.
Your first order of business in Santorini is to hit the colorful beaches – the black and red sands make for a memorable visit. Next up, indulge in the archaeological delights of the impressively preserved Ancient Akrotiri or hike to Ancient Thera to see the ruins of three empires, including the Romans. From there, catch a breathtaking view of the caldera, a brilliant turquoise pool of water that serves as the nucleus for the varied isles of this archipelago. Some would say you only need a day to enjoy these islands' charms (they are a popular port of call for cruise ships), but to really drink in all Santorini has to offer, you'll need a few days to a week. Then you'll have plenty of time to learn there's more to these comely dots of the Cyclades than meets the eye.
公元前1650年左右发生的大规模火山爆发迫使当时的单一岛屿的中心爆发并向海洋屈服。有人说，这是失落的亚特兰蒂斯城的原始家园，早已消失在海洋深处。无论这个神话大都市的遗迹现在是由美丽的海滩和庄严粉刷的家园守卫。今天，圣托里尼岛由两个有人居住的岛屿和几个小岛组成。大多数游客将时间花在锡拉(群岛最大的岛屿)上，锡拉岛的主要城镇包括Fira和Oia。沉睡的Thirassia也是一个轻松的一日游。不要指望安静的岛屿：Nea Kameni和Palea Kameni值得探索。
您在圣托里尼岛的第一笔生意就是冲上五光十色的海滩 - 黑色和红色沙滩让您难忘。接下来，沉迷于保存完好的古代阿克罗帝利的考古美食，或徒步去古代塞拉，看看罗马等三个帝国的遗迹。从那里可以欣赏到火山口的壮丽景色，这个绿松石水池是这个群岛不同岛屿的核心。有人会说，你只需要一天的时间享受这些岛屿的魅力(他们是一个受欢迎的游轮港口)，但要真正喝所有圣托里尼所提供的，你将需要几天到一个星期。那么你将有足够的时间去了解基克拉迪群岛的这些美丽的点，而不是眼前的景象。
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Santorini's volcanic activity plays a role in many of island's popular activities, from swimming and sunbathing at the molten-dyed beaches (such as Kamari Beach) to exploring ancient ruins once buried in ash (Ancient Akrotiri). Even the flavor of wine here is affected by the island's volcanic terrain, making a trip to one of Santorini's many wineries a must-do activity for foodies. Outdoorsy types will enjoy hiking along the caldera from Fira, where the city of Atlantis was said to have once stood. Whatever you choose to do in Santorini, you can't miss a sunset from Oia, or while dining alfresco inAmoudi Bay.
Santorini's volcanic history has led to the formation of some of the more unique beaches in the Greek Isles, and Kamari is no exception. Sitting about 4 miles southeast of Fira on the island's east coast, this stretch of black sand is one of the largest in Santorini. The beach is backed by the town of its namesake, a popular resort area where you'll find numerous hotels, restaurants, beachside bars and shops. On the beach, visitors can take advantage of the available lounge chairs and umbrellas.Travelers enjoyed the clear blue waters of Kamari and suggested planting your feet towards the southern portion of the shore. That's because the views of the imposing Mesa Vouno hill, where you can find Ancient Thira, makes for a picture-perfect Greek beach setting. No matter where you decide to kick back on Kamari Beach, travelers strongly suggest bringing protective footwear. The sand and pebbly terrain can get quite hot with the sun beating down on it, especially after a couple hours, so bring sandals if you're hoping to spend the day on the beach. Some visitors even suggested bringing water shoes, commenting that the underwater terrain at the shore quickly goes from sand to slippery solid rock.
For beautiful views of the caldera, descend the 300 steps from the northern city of Oia to the charming port of Amoudi Bay. Surrounded by striking red cliffs and dotted with white-washed buildings typical to Santorini, this little village features several quaint tavernas serving up the catch of the day. Aside from digging in the bounty of the sea, visitors can enjoy some swimming here, though the beach is rocky so you should bring appropriate footwear, especially if you plan on cliff diving (a popular activity in Amoudi Bay). On the small island of Saint Nicholas, seen from Amoudi Bay's beach, visitors can climb up stairs from the water onto the small, rocky island and jump from a designated point.Travelers admit there isn't a whole lot to do in Amoudi Bay, but the quality of the bay more than makes up for the quantity of activities it offers. Visitors were dazzled by the beauty of Amoudi Bay and said merely dining alfresco was all they needed to soak up the site. Most strongly suggested to plan a trip in the late afternoon, as a sunset from Amoudi is a site to behold.You can reach Amoudi Bay on foot or by car. Travelers say the walk down to Amoudi Bay from Oia is pretty scenic (just watch out for donkeys) but going back up the steep hill is a serious hike. Access to the area is free and travelers can come and go all day and night. Individual business however have their own hours.
The best way to take in Santorini is to walk, and there is no better route than the one from Fira to Oia. This hike is 6 miles one-way and passes through four towns, including Fira, Firostefani, Imerovigli and Oia. It's important to know that there is no marked trail or pathway for this hike (aside from a couple signs, according to recent travelers), but a matter of following the roads closest to the caldera. Along the way, travelers will find numerous sites worth stopping for, in addition to spectacular ocean views and picturesque towns. One of these is Skaros Rock. Today, this headland is a popular vantage point for watching sunsets, but in yesteryears it housed a castle that served as the prime meeting place for Christians during the 1800s. There's also numerous churches dotted throughout, including the blue-domed St. Gerasimos Church, which offers excellent views of the volcano. Once you hit Oia, you'll find Byzantine castle ruins open for exploration.Recent visitors say the best time to start this trek is in the morning, as there is no shade and the afternoon sun may be too much for some. Travelers also said there are rocky elevation changes throughout, so plan to wear sturdy shoes and bring plenty of water. Many reviewers said they completed the hike in three hours or less, but also noted completion time all depends on a traveler's level of fitness as well as how often they stop. And with all the photogenic spots along the trail, be prepared to stop a lot. Even though the hike is considered moderate and time consuming, travelers agreed that this is the best way to experience Santorini's natural beauty.Visitors can explore this trail all hours of the day or night and there is no fee to access it. However, considering its rocky terrain, it is advised to stay off the trail at night and depending on the season, in the afternoon. You can start the trail from central Fira or Oia. For more information about the Fira to Oia Hike, consult the Thira tourism board's website.
进入圣托里尼的最好方法是走路，没有比从费拉到伊亚的路线更好的路线。这次徒步是单程6英里，经过Fira，Firostefani，Imerovigli和Oia四个城镇。重要的是要知道，这次加息没有明显的痕迹或路径(除了根据最近的旅行者的夫妇标志)，而是跟随最靠近火山口的道路。一路上，除了壮观的海景和风景如画的城镇外，旅客还可以找到许多值得停留的景点。其中之一是Skaros岩石。今天，这片岬角是观看日落的热门地点，但在过去的十年里，它被安置在一座19世纪成为基督徒聚会的地方。这里还有许多教堂，包括蓝色的圣格拉西莫斯教堂(St. Gerasimos Church)其中提供了火山的美景。一旦你击中伊亚，你会发现拜占庭城堡遗址开放探索。
Separating Kamari from Perissa on top of Mesa Vouna is Ancient Thira. This archaeological site, which was first claimed by the Dorians (ancient Greeks) in the 9th century B.C., is home to ruins from the Hellenistic (Greek empire built by Alexander the Great), Roman and Byzantine (eastern Roman empire) eras. Stroll through Ancient Thira and you'll find ruins of ancient religious sites, a theater, old city administrative buildings and even a gym for military trainees.Recent travelers found the ruins of Ancient Thera to be interesting, though many said the breathtaking views of the Aegean Sea were pretty distracting. Travelers who walked from the town of Kamari up to Mesa Vouna recommended the scenic walk if you're in shape; it takes about an hour to get up and there is minimal shade along the way. Along with the great views, travelers loved the low price of admission into the ruins in comparison to Ancient Akrotiri.Admission to Ancient Thera is 4 euros ($4.46). The site is open Tuesday through Sunday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. year round. You can reach the site via bus from Kamari, by car or on foot. For more information, check out the Greek Ministry of Culture's website.
卡马利从梅萨顶部的佩里萨是古代锡拉。这个考古遗址是公元前9世纪多里安人(古希腊人)首次提出的，它是希腊文化(由亚历山大大帝建造的希腊帝国)，罗马帝国和拜占庭帝国(东罗马帝国)时期的废墟。漫步古代锡拉，你会发现古代宗教遗址的废墟，一个剧院，古老的城市行政大楼，甚至军事学员健身房。最近的旅客发现古代的废墟是有趣的，虽然许多人说爱琴海的壮丽景色是相当分散注意力。从卡马里镇一直走到梅萨维纳的旅客，如果你身材魁梧，建议徒步游览; 起床需要大约一个小时，而且沿途还有最小的阴影。与古代的阿克罗蒂里相比，旅游者喜欢这里的美景，而且价格低廉。锡拉古城的入场费用是是4欧元($ 4.46)。该网站周二至周日全年开放，从上午8点到下午3点。您可以通过巴士从卡马利，开车或步行到达现场。欲了解更多信息，请查看希腊文化部网站。
When conjuring up images of famous wine destinations, one might think of France or Italy, but believe it or not, Santorini is considered a premiere wine destination in Europe. That's because the soil in which the wine grows in Santorini, which is partially composed of volcanic sediment, creates an interesting flavor difficult to find elsewhere. Not only that, but here, vines trees are often formed into circles and grown on the ground (instead of propped upright in rows) to protect the crop from strong ocean winds.Wineries can be found all over the island, but most are concentrated in central Santorini. Santo Wines in Pyrgos is the largest winery on the island and considered one of the most popular in Santorini. Other choice spots among travelers include Venetsanos Winery in Megalochori (about a half-mile south of Santo Wines) and Domaine Sigalas in Oia. Travelers also enjoyed the Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos, found in Fira. Located in a cave, the museum showcases Santorini's history as a wine producer and offers visitors a tasting with their ticket. When visiting a winery, patrons tend to receive a complimentary snack, such as bread and cheese, along with their tasting. For those who may not have the time to make a day out of visiting wineries, many of Santorini's wines are featured in the island's restaurants. Ask your server about local wines or keep an eye out for Vinsanto (a dessert wine), Nychteri, or Assyrtiko, both of which are white wines.