Santorini – the island of blue

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH TRANSAVIA, YOU CAN NOW GO TO THE WELL-KNOWN GREEK ISLAND OF SANTORINI. A PLACE DOMINATED BY THE COLOR BLUE, WHICH REFLECTS THE SKY INTO THE SEA AND SETS THE TONE ON LAND. FIND OUT A BIT MORE ABOUT THIS DESTINATION.

Although nowadays very Greek, it was Venetian sailors who gave the island of Santorini its name. The name is a vocalization of Saint Irene, who lived in the 3rd century, and it is known that she was the one who tended to Saint Sebastian’s wounds after he was martyrized with arrows. But further to this story, we also recall its Greek name, Kalliste, which indeed means “the best”. And being the best,it has been the target of successive greed. In the 13th century, it belonged to the Venetian Iacopo Barozzi. Then, in 1397, it passed into the hands of the Crispo family. In 1556, it was occupied by João Miquez, a Jew born in Portugal, who sought refuge there during the Inquisition at the Ottoman Empire.

Eventually, the island was passed to Greece during the War of Independence in 1821. Now considered one of the world’s most romantic destinations, where the color blue is predominant, reflecting in the sky and the sea, as well as the main island, Santorini has around it several islands that form an almost circular group. They all reflect their volcanic origin and are known as Thira. Santorini’s capital, Fira, is renowned for its blue and white houses; you can also stroll along its picturesque old streets.

An infinite choice of hotel swimming pools also makes for unique moments for contemplation. The neighboring villages of Firostefani and Imerovigli are within walking distance. Somewhere else worth visiting in Santorini is Oia, where there are blue-domed churches and splendid views, especially at the end of the day, as this is the best place to see the sunset. These two villages are just nine kilometers apart: there is a marked trail to go on foot. Along the way, fill your camera’s memory card with photos.

Because of the heat, we recommend walking it at the end of the day and taking the opportunity to arrive in Oia in time to see the sunset. In addition, there are boat trips, where the visitor can spend the day volcanic island-hopping, passing through the spa waters of Palea Kameni. Nea Kameni has a still-active volcano, albeit safe enough to walk to the crater’s summit. And the day ends on the island of Thirassia, which Santorini overlooks. Round off a perfect day with dinner at a good taverna with good company.

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