We’ve all seen romantic movies and shows that takes place on the island of Santorini. Regardless of having been to the island or seen it on a website, you are probably familiar with how the island look like. Sparking up wanderlust, Santorini is often depicted with whitewashed stone houses that overlooks vibrant iridescent blue waters.
However, Santorini is more than just a pretty island. This island in Greece is jam-packed with eccentric history, geographical travel obstacles and must-see stopovers that only the locals know about.
Apart from the common belief, there aren’t that many blue rooftops in Santorini. Most of the blue rooftops seen through your digital devices are mostly taken in one vista. You can take a trip to Oia Town to spot the iconic rooftops—it’s pretty hard to miss given that the shades of blue are strikingly vibrant!
It’s no secret that Santorini is stairs after stairs. Even with today’s technological advancements, there isn’t a better construction that can withstand the test of time and get visitors to their hotels that overlooks the oceans. There are tourist centres at the base of the island in which hotels will send you to upon arrival so that you can request carriers to come and help with your bags. But just in case, put in a couple of hours for getting up to the hotel.
The island of Santorini exists because of a giant occurrence called the Minoan Eruption—one of the largest volcanic eruptions in history. Santorini and the surrounding islands were formed after a number of eruptions that spanned over several thousand hundred years.
The land on Santorini, aspa, also helps create a unique brew of wine that is recognised all over the world. The land is made up of volcanic ash, pumice stone and small pieces of solidified sand and lava. Even though this combination lacks the nutrients that is typically found in soil, it is rich in minerals. And since rainfall is minimal in the island, the makings of these wines are hard to get.
If you’re a fan of myths and legends, the island might just be right for you and your curiosity. Many believe the mythical island Atlantis is buried underneath the seas around Santorini. The island itself was actually known to be the fictitious land many explorers seeked before it became a tourist hotspot. No matter what you believe in, you can always find ‘paradise lost’ in Santorini.