Greece: Santorini yacht charters:
Santorini, one of the best-known of the cyclades, differs from the other islands in the group thanks to its geological morphology, the results of action by a volcano now dormant. The landscape on the western side of the island, where towering cliffs crowned by tiny and blindingly white houses plunge straight into the depths of the sea.
The steep coastline of the west is countered by the vast beaches of the east side, some of them sandy and others with pebbles. From the landing-place, Skala, we can climb up to Fira, the capital, on foot or on donkey-back. There is a funicular railway for those who wish to avoid the hundreds of steps. Fira is very attractive, with winding narrow streets, arcades and a quarter where the Catholic nobility once dwelt. There is a most important Museum, with prehistoric finds (mostly pottery), a large collection of vases dating from the 7th and 6th centuries BC (including the pieces known as 'Thera ware'), a few Archaic and Classical pieces, and some Hellenistic and Roman sculptures and portraits.
There is a superb view out from Fira to the Kaenes, the two islets of black stone created by the volcano. The islets can be visited by launch. Ancient Thira is a site of great archaeological interest which was occupied by Phoenicians, Dorians, Romans, and Byzantines. Down the centre of the city runs the Sacred Way. The buildings include groups of houses, market-places, baths, theaters, sanctuaries, the residence of Ptolemy Euergetes, tombs of the Archaic and Classical periods and Early Christian remains. On the surrounding rocks the names of the god Apollo and of men and boys are inscribed in the ancient alphabet of Thira.
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The old-world village of Ia, 11 km to the north of Fira, is a place of incomparable beauty. The unique appeal of Ia lies in its little houses hewn out of the soft rock (some of them whitewashed, others painted blue or ochre), its neo-classical mansions with their courtyards, its narrow paved alleys. There is a superb view out to sea.
Among the best bathing beaches some of them with black sand and others with
pebbles - are Kamari or Armeni, Amoudi, Baxedes Perissa, Monolithos and Kokini
Paralia. The striking landscape, the peculiarities of teh natural environment,
the unusual architecture and the outstanding monuments of Santoriini attract
very large numbers of visitors in the summer - so many, in fact, that the
excellent tourist amenities of the island can only just cope with them.
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