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    Best Regards,

    Elena Stamataki

    Olympian Pantheon

    Tourism Marketing Services

    40 Kalokerinou str. 71202 Heraklion

    Crete. Greece

    Tel. +30 2811103189

    www.olympianpantheon.gr

    info@olympianpantheon.gr

    White stone houses, sea of cobalt blue, volcanic

    sand and the Aegean breeze...Step into the master peace of a talented artist!

    Santorini, is a top international tourist destinationand is seen in personal wishlists of millions of peo-

    ple worldwide. It is a part of Greece, a country you

    might have never visited before and probably looksnothing like what you left back home.

    This small Greek island, located among numerousother in the Aegean Sea, stands out for its peculiar

    geological environment and its rich history is

    strongly connected to the volcanic activity. The landscape will overwhelm you, the sunsets

    will enchant you and the history will fascinate you.Do not dare to resist to Santorinis magic, its in-

    evitable that you will give in to it eventually, so justrelax and enjoy...

    In other words, welcome to Santorini!

    About santorini

    History at a glance

    Faces of santorini

    Akrotiri

    Beaches

    Fun & activities

    Wine in santorini

    List of wineries

    Significant settlements &museums

    Mainland/villages/local religious festivals

    Maps

    Top 10 things to do

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    Welcome

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    aboutSantorini

    The island of Santorini is a part of Greece amember-state of the EU at the southeasterend of the Mediterranean basin, cherishing

    a mainland with high mountains and massive.It is located in the southeastern part of the Ae-gean Sea, just north to the island of Crete andis surrounded by a sea with countless islands.

    At its previous form, before the volcanic erup-tion, it was round shaped. Today, it constitutes a

    complex of five islands, which belong to the Cy-clades, with Santorini being the larger amongstthem. The others are Thirassia, Aspronissi andthe volcanic islands of Palea and Nea Kameni.

    Santorini now has a half-moon shape and to-gether with its satellites covers a total area of623 km2 (34.990 sq. miles). A series of enor-mous volcanic explosions alternated the islandslandscape and formed the breathtaking steepcliffs called the Caldera and a lagoon looking seabetween it and its former four parts.

    Its geological energy and its unique wild beautycontribute to why it is ranked as a top worldwide

    tourist destination.The island counts 15.000 inhabitants and un-

    dergoing massive tourism expansion after the1950s. The capital city is named Fira. It is worthyto see many other settlements on the Caldera,villages at its interior and its beaches with blacksand on the eastern side.

    It is famous for its gastronomy and its wineryas well as its quality art and magnificent jewel-lery.

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    The island cherishes a rich history intime due to one element of undis-putable significance: its volcanic ac-

    tivity which has not only affected its owncourse - again and again - but allegedlythat of other islands around it. Boundto volcanic eruptions and a series ofearthquakes, visitors see nowadays thismanifestation on the layers of solidifiedlava on top of each other clearly apparent

    on the Caldera cliffs, at the beaches withtheir black sand and lava pebbles of vari-ous colors and in the mainland wherethe soil contains ash and pumice.

    An amalgam of alternating landscapeswhere the colors of red, black and whiteformulate a magnificent mosaic. The is-land acquired a half-moon shape in 1645BC when the volcano in its center erupt-ed, yielding smaller islands next to it, twoof which are volcanic (Palea & Nea Ka-meni isl.). Despite its volcanic past, it waspopulated by many civilizations: NeolithicPeriod, Minoans, Phoenicians, Lacedae-

    monians, the Hellenistic Period when italso became an important trade centerand significant naval base, the ByzantineEmpire, the Roman Empire, the Vene-tians, crusaders, pirates and finally theOttoman rule from which it became in-dependent in 1821 and was united withGreece in 1830.

    All of those tribes and eras have lefttheir mark on the island. Search for thesites and get a taste of wealthy history.

    History at a glance

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    If somebody were to tell you that there is a place on

    earth that can offer you the thrills and fullness of anideal holiday without having to move from your room,youd surely doubt them. That is until you actually visitSantorini.

    The view from your hotel room is equivalent to a tourof all the Greek islands, a sip from the santorini wineto all the flavors of the Mediterranean and a look at itsclear sky to a thousand falling stars and a thousandwishes.

    And since you have secured the key el-ements to a perfect holiday, dont worryabout the rest: the island is known forthe high level of services and innumer-ous facilities offered by its luxuriouslodgings.But if you decide to leave you kindomafter all, you ll find that comfort, as wellas quality, are concepts inherent to theisland.

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    From the deep blue of the Aegeansea to the light blue of the clear

    sky, the bright white of the Cy-cladic islands and the various reds ofthe sunset, the colors of Santorini be-come images, words and creations sounique as the feeling of a long walk inCaldera, the view from Imerovigli, thesight of the volcano from Firostefanior the magic of nature in Ia.

    Santorini was an inspiration to thegreat Nobel Prize winner poet Odys-seus Elytis, as well as to hundredscountless other known or less known,professionals or not, art lovers. Many

    of them chose to settle permanentlyand work in Santorini, ushering re-markable art spaces and giving theisland a strong creative impulse.

    A visit to the painting, photography,pottery, silversmithing and sculpturegalleries is a dreamy tour to the beautyof Santorinis landscape and perhapsan impetus for personal creation.

    Dont miss out on this experience.

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    In 2013, visitors and tourists alikehave an additional reason to visit thisunique island of Greece, especially forthe gourmands among us. Santorinidedicates 2013 in gastronomy, thus,granting us numerous opportunities tobe marvelously dined with delectabledishes and wined with its ambrosia.

    Without doubt, Santorini is a culinaryhaven due to the locally sourced, de-licious agricultural products grown involcanic soil, watered by the sea andthe evening humidity.

    Taste the unique fava split peas,tomataki cherry tomatoes, white egg-plants, capers, broad beans, zucchini,cucumbers and melon. Grate the spe-cial green cheese over a dish of fresh

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    barley pasta and enchant your palate.Dip the traditional crispbread into ex-tra virgin olive oil and add a pinch oforegano.

    Feast in the freshest fish and sea-foods you have ever tasted and ac-company them with the immense va-riety of local wines. Finish your perfect

    day on the island by sipping slowlyon the prestigious Vinsanto aperitif.Whether you go traditional or gourmet,it is certain that you will be delighted bythe food here and you will be spoilt forchoice of tavernas and restaurants atyour disposal.

    Santorini is waving the flag of theleading gastronomic destination of thecountry...and beyond.

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    The unique in taste and quality prod-ucts of Santorini, are grown on the vol-canic soil of the island, watered by thesea and the evening due.

    The most renowned local culinarydelight is of course the Santorini wine.The rocky, volcanic soil of the islandcreates unique, unruly and erotic fla-vors of the legendary strains of theAegean.

    The most prestigious of all is a raresun-dried wine called Vinsanto. Thefamous white wines of Santorini arecharacterized by an excellent balanceof fruit, alcohol and acidity and ac-company ideally the delicacies of thelocal cuisine. Capers, broad beans,small fruited tomatoes, white egg-plants and green cheese star in localrecipes, which can be tasted in variousversions, authentic or more gourmet,in the numerous restaurants of theisland.

    Whether you chose a traditional tav-ern or a luxurious restaurant you willenjoy a dish cooked with special careand always with the same goal: to en-chant your palate.

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    The cosmic lady of the Cycladicislands, dressed in the colors ofthe Aegean, welcomes its visitors

    with plenty of appetite for fun. A bit ofHollywood, the entire Greek jet set anda breeze of the class of Greece in the60s wander in Caldera, walk up anddown the narrow streets of Imerovigliduring warm summer nights or swayto the funky rhythms of the beach barsand the crowded clubs in Fyra.

    In the day time they lye right nextto you on the white terr