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Santorini is a popular island that is part of the Cyclades group of beautiful islands in the southern Aegean Sea. Crescent-shaped, it is the main island of a picturesque archipelago comprising four other islands of volcanic origin: Aspronisi (the small island), Palea Kameni (in the centre of the caldera), Nea Kameni (the most recently formed) and Therasia (the other inhabited island in the archipelago along with Santorini). One of the most famous and best Greek islands destinations, Santorini is also known as Thera or Thíra. This archipelago of less than 80 km² has some of the most stunning natural scenery in the Aegean Sea which is perfect for a Greek island hopping itinerary including day trips from Santorini to other islands close to Santorini. This is one of the best Greek experiences if you are planning a Greek island itinerary to go island hopping with a boat tour to visit Santorini and many of the Cyclades islands mentioned, which are all accessible by boat from a nearby island. Ferries to and from the mainland can take the form of a trip from Santorini to Ios, trips from Santorini to Folegandros or a day trip from Mykonos to spend a day Santorini island hopping to enjoy beaches on the island and the breathtaking views. Santorini is a great place from which to take a day tour from Santorini to Aegean islands in Greece where visitors can spend the day exploring which is a great way to see the archipelago.
Bordered by high cliffs and surrounded by clear waters, the diverse island Santorini archipelago contains a fearsome volcano whose crater and caldera are engulfed by water. The volcano is still active and last erupted in the mid-twentieth century. Santorini is unique in that it lies on the South Aegean Volcanic Arc, a tectonic system wedged between the Aegean Sea Plate and the African Plate. In the past, the archipelago formed a single territorial entity before undergoing one or more large-scale volcanic explosions during the 2nd millennium BC. From this eruption dating back to the Minoan period, archaeological ruins remain from the Bronze Age, such as the ancient site of Thera or the remarkable place of Akrotiri, testimony to a flourishing ancient civilisation. On land, despite its dry Mediterranean climate in the high season which is perfect for a Greek island hopping itinerary, Santorini’s volcanic soil contains one of the oldest vineyards in the world (it has been cultivated for about 5,000 years). This multi-millennial vine, known as Assyrtiko (or Asyrtiko), produces a sweet white wine called Vinsanto that is part of Greek cuisine and a must-taste for those planning a trip to a traditional Greek winery.
The Santorini archipelago has been administratively attached to Greece since the Convention of London in 1840, which declared the country’s independence from the Ottoman Empire. Its rugged terrain consists of a fabulous steep coastline and the island chain enjoys an exceptional amount of sunshine making it one of the best places in Greece to visit on a Santorini day Greece itinerary. A day Greek island hopping will showcase the bright white villages standing alongside blue-domed churches overlooking the bay and caldera from the archipelago’s heights. Santorini’s memorable sunsets and unique geological environment, through its volcanic beaches, natural heritage and historical treasures, make it a top romantic destination including day trips from Santorini to other islands. It is possible to go on a ferry from Santorini to Mykonos and Santorini to Crete, alongside other options. The boat trip will allow visitors to find the best way to see how a day itinerary around the island or away from Santorini island located in one of the most popular and great Greek destinations will allow them to explore this coveted area.