Information about Santorini Island
There is no other island like Santorini. You probably have already noticed that from the photos or from previous visits. There is no other place on earth that combines the rare natural beauty with high-end services and facilities. The volcano, the breath-taking caldera, the sunset, the wines and so many attractions make Santorini an island that offers so many thrills and feelings that you will experience nowhere else.
The history of Santorini is as intriguing as its landscape. The volcanic eruption 3.500 years ago was one of the biggest the planet ever experienced; thus the creation of the caldera, such an amazing wonder of nature. Santorini was flourishing before this devastating event, as the evidence at the prehistoric settlement in Akrotiri suggests. The next important period in the history of Santorini is when Spartan settlers built Ancient Thera at the top of the mountain that separates Kamari from Perissa today. Both archaeological sites are open to the public and guided tours are available.
During the middle ages, the island was part of the Byzantine Empire and then it was conquered by the Venetians. In the late 14th century in Santorini 5 castle cities were built to protect the people from the invasions of pirates. The Kastelis of Emporio and Pyrgos, close to where WHITE & CO Exclusive Island Villas are located are the two most worth visiting.
Santorini during the 18th century was one of the richest islands in the Aegean. A maritime power with ships travelling as far as Russia to export Vinsanto wine, one of the unique products of Santorini! The devastating earthquake of 1956 put a halt to this activity but Santorini now has become synonymous to beauty and romance, attracting people from all over the world to come and live the holiday experience of a lifetime!
Besides the two archaeological sites of Akrotiri and Ancient Thera and the castle cities of Emporio and Pyrgos there are more things to explore. Every village of Santorini is worth visiting. Let’s begin from the capital Fira almost in the centre of the island’s caldera. Fira enjoys some amazing views to the caldera. Here you will find important museums like the Museum of Prehistoric Thera, the Archaeological Museum, the Folklore Museum and the Gyzis Megaron with an interesting exhibition of art crafts. Shopping, eating and clubbing find in Fira their finest expressions where for more of the caldera, walk as far as the neighbouring village of Firostefani or visit Imerovigli, the highest spot on the caldera.
Go north for the village of Oia with the famous sunset view and the impressive architecture, whereas before entering Oia you will find the charming settlement of Finikia. In the hinterland do not miss the village of Megalochori, where if you drive south do not stop until you reach the Lighthouse of Akrotiri. Scattered across the island are wineries open to public in order to explore and taste the magical flavours of Santorini’s wines. As for churches, make a stop at Panagia Episkopi at the village of Mesa Gonia which is the oldest (15th century) on the island.
After your day filled with exciting emotions in Santorini, return to you WHITE & CO Santorini Suite to enjoy moments of relaxation at your private terrace with the swimming pool and Jacuzzi.
Undoubtedly the most popular activity in Santorini is a cruise around the caldera with a catamaran or a traditional vessel during the day or at sunset time. The best way to truly feel the power of the caldera is to embark on a cruise to the volcano and other major coastal attractions of Santorini.
Being in Santorini and not trying its wines will be a miss. Ask the staff of WHITE & CO Exclusive Island Villas to take care of all the details for a wine tasting experience in Santorini.
If you like hiking then consider yourself lucky should you choose WHITE & CO Exclusive Island Villas for your stay, as from the village of Pyrgos start some of the island’s most interesting routes. Walk up to the Monastery of Prophet Ilias; shortly further, the path splits, leading you either to Ancient Thera or the village of Emporio and the beaches of Perissa and Kamari.
The volcanic beaches of Santorini are unique and beautiful as red or black coloured sand and pebbles dominate the scenery. Once in Perissa, Perivolos or Kamari you will find plenty of water sport facilities to enjoy more your summer days in Santorini. Scuba diving and kite surfing are also available in Santorini.
More hinterland activities
Climbing, horse- back riding, sightseeing tours, photo tours and so much more are available; all you need to do is address the staff of WHITE & CO Exclusive Island Villas for exciting suggestions.
How to reach us
Santorini during the summer months (May to October) has frequent connections with Athens and major European cities by air, whereas from the port of Piraeus, Athens several boats and ferries depart daily. Santorini has frequent connections with other nearby islands like Paros, Naxos, Ios, Mykonos, Crete and more. It is highly advisable during those months to book your tickets in advance.
To reach WHITE & Co. Exclusive Island Villas in Santorini from the port follow the signs to the village of Pyrgos and before entering the main village, turn left towards Exo Gonia and then left again. The same route applies if you are coming from the airport.
Currency: The Euro is the official currency in Greece.
Power Supply: 220 volts AC at 50 Hz. The wall sockets have two or three round holes as in continental Europe.
Country dialing code: +30 (or 0030)
Water: Network supplied water in Santorini Island is not potable.
Time Zone: GMT+2 in the winter GMT+3 in the summer. In practice, 1 hour ahead of continental Europe, 2 hours from the U.K. and 7 hrs from the US East Coast.
Driving: Greek traffic drives on the right lane.
Credit Cards: Visa, Diners Club, American Express, Master Card are accepted at most shops and restaurants in Santorini.
Visa Requirements: European Union and Schengen Area members’ travelers do not need a passport to visit Greece. European Union countries citizens have free access also. A visa is not required for visitors from the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand staying for up to three months. For visitors from all other countries, a visa is required from the Greek Embassy or the Consulate in their residence country. For a stay longer than 3 months, they have to obtain permission from the Aliens Bureau in Athens.
Useful Phone Numbers
Santorini Calling Code: +30 22860
Blue Star Ferries, T. +30 2108919800
Hellenic Seaways, T. +30 2104199000
Hellenic Seaways High Speed, T. +30 2104199000,
Sea Jet, T. +30 2104121001
Santorini Port Authority T. +30 22860 22239.
Olympic Air, T. +30 2103550500
Aegean Airlines, T. 8011120000, +30 2286028500,
Santorini Airport T. 30 22860 28400