The enchanted island of Santorini, often called the “Crown Jewel of Greece”, remains one of the most visited destinations in all of Greece. A teen traveler’s first thought will be how remarkable the geographical features are. Over the span of ... see more »
The enchanted island of Santorini, often called the “Crown Jewel of Greece”, remains one of the most visited destinations in all of Greece. A teen traveler’s first thought will be how remarkable the geographical features are. Over the span of thousands of years, there has been a series of catastrophic volcanic explosions that have produced the collection of islands you see today.
The product of over 2 million years of volcanic activity created the island of Santorini and the surrounding islands of Thera, Thirsassis, Aspronsi, the Christians islands, Palia Kameni and Nea Kameni. The most volcanic part of Santorini is the most dynamic zone in the South Aegean Volcanic Arc, which starts at the Greek mainland to the Turkish Baodrum peninsula, which is a total length of 500km.
Areas of interest in Santorini include the 588 step adventure on a donkey to the harbor of Fira. Are you a big foodie? Head to the village of Pyrgos where you will indulge in cuisine created by Michelin Star chefs. Sailing is an integral part of the town and you’ll be able to experience an up close view of the multi-color formations and serene beaches for relaxation. You’ll be able to see the white washed towns resting high on the caldera from the water. Akritiri is now open to the public after 6 years. You will feel like you’re entering a time machine once you wonder around the streets of a prehistoric city of 30,000 inhabitants. Are you interested in the underwater world of Santorini? Consider a scuba diving trip so that you can see what makes the ocean floor here so special.
The two museums that deserve your attention are the Museum of Prehistoric Thera and the Archaeological Museum where you will get an in depth history of the island. You will observe the plaster furniture moldings, bronze pottery items and a golden statue of the wild goat.
Athens is a magnificent city if you are a history bluff as you will be able to witness evidence of past settlements and the city will show you a collection of archaeological sites for you to marvel at. Notable attractions on your list of enjoyment should be the Acropolis (home of the Parthenon), Ancient Agora, and the Temple of Zeus, just to name a few.
The Temples of Olympian Zeus is the largest temple in all of Greece. The massive ancient structure took almost 7 centuries to complete, you will learn why once you’ve seen it. More ruins to visit are the Acropolis (home of the Parthenon) which sits high on s rocky cliff overlooking centuries of civilization. These ruins are an epic reminder of Ancient Athens. The Parthenon is the largest temple of the classical antiquity period, dating from 447B to 338BC. Don’t miss the reliefs of Athena in the frieze, located on the eastern side.
Agora is the site of an ancient marketplace and civic center of everyday life. The best entrance to the Agora is at the north gate off Adrianou Street. You will see traces of Greek democracy at this ancient spot. A remarkable feature of this city center is the 18-meter-long Royal Stoa, which is the seat of the Archon Basileus, who lead the cultic functions of preceding kings.
Museums and churches that are worthy of your time is the National Archaeological Museum, Byzantine Museum, Museum of Cycladic Art and the Church of the Holy Apostles. While the National Archaeological Museum houses 5 impressive collections of artifacts from Greek civilization, the Byzantine Museum features religious masterpieces of intricate mosaics and gilded icons. The Museum of Cycladic Art represents the art of the island of the Aegean Sea including Deloa and Cyprus, dating from the fourth century BC to the sixth century AD.
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