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Map of Santorini - Rent A Car, Attractions, Sightseeing, Beaches

 
The island of Santorini Greece is a favorite summer getaway for many people from all over the globe. It is a place where people from all walks of life meet and mingle. Celebrities and VIPs co-exist with backpackers and unknown holidaymakers. Adding to the charm of the island are the picturesque villages, the magnificent archaeological sites and the amazing Santorini beaches, which are quite unique due to the volcanic properties of the sand. On this page, we provide you with a map of Santorini that will help you in getting around the island to visit the beaches and sites we mention below.

Oia Santorini
Oia Santorini is considered by many the most picturesque of all villages on the island. It is famous for its charming architecture, with aristocratic manor that belonged to captains and ‘cave’ houses that are carved into the reddish cliffside. Old churches with Cycladic-style domes and arches, and cobble-stone alleyways are the final touches. Probably the finest feature of Oia Santorini is its view. Thousands of people gather to see one of the most stunning views in the Aegean, and perhaps the world: the sunset as it shines across the water and embraces the volcano and the Caldera. It is no wonder that the Oia Santorini sunset view is one of the most photographed travel images in the world.

Santorini Sightseeing & Attractions
Sightseeing on Santorini is a most memorable experience. A good map of Santorini should indicate where the major sites are located. Two of the treasures of Ancient Greece are located on the island: the Prehistoric Site of Akrotiri and the site of Ancient Thira. Both are evidence of Santorini’s great past. Akrotiri is an astonishing site where visitors can see a whole prehistoric settlement, complete with mulit-levelled houses, staircases, storage rooms, squares, roads, and a very sophisticated sewage system. Many scholars believe that Akrotiri is connected to the Lost Continent of Atlantis, based on findings on the site.

Ancient Thira is located on a hill, between the villages of Kamari and Perissa. It is a city that dates back to the 9th century BC and was inhabited until the Byzantine Era. Ancient Thira includes ruins of various sanctuaries and temples dedicated to gods, such as Apollo and Dionysus, an agora, a stoa, a theater, a gymnasium, and a graveyard. Artefacts from both these ancient sites can be viewed at the Archaeological Museum and the Museum of Prehistoric Thira, located in the capital Fira. The town is also home to the Folklore Museum, where objects from everyday Santorinian life are displayed, the Gyzi Manor, and the two cathedrals. In Oia, it is worth visiting the Maritime Museum, which houses some fine nautical objects obtained from the great captains of Santorini.

If you are a wine aficionado, you have the opportunity to visit some excellent wineries in the villages of Vothonas, Megalochori, Mesa Gonia, and Pyrgos to take a winetasting tour and to sample the unique varieties that are produced on the island. A boat trip to the volcanic isles of Thirassia, Nea Kammeni and Palea Kammeni will reward you with a tour in the Caldera area, a swim in the hot springs of Nea Kammeni, and perhaps a trek on Caldera rim.
Santorini Beaches
If you love lying on beautiful beaches, soaking up the sun and swimming in clear waters, Santorini beaches will not disappoint you. They are some of the most popular attractions on the island, due to their colorful sand. Along the eastern coast of the island you will come across the Santorini beaches with black and grey sand, namely Kamari Beach, Perissa Beach, Monolithos Beach and Perivolos Beach. On the south side of the island, close to the prehistoric site of Akrotiri are the Red Beach and the White Beach, which have red and white sand, respectively.

Beneath the village of Oia, along the Caldera rim are the lovely Santorini beaches of Armeni and Ammoudi. North of Oia are the beaches of Baxedes and Koloumbos. Another popular beach is Vourvoulos Beach, located on the northeastern coast of Santorini Greece. We recommend acquiring a detailed map of Santorini and marking these beaches to help direct you to them.

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