Discover the beauty of Santorini

Santorini over the last decades enjoys the fame and a reputation made of its exquisite natural beauty, higher levelled services and proposals for gastronomic, sport, religious and cultural activities that make the island a unique destination all over the world offering a magical experience to its visitor. Over the next lines you will find the Marillia Village Apartment & Suites suggestions for your visit in Santorini. Starting from the stunning beach of Perivolos, do no miss all the following proposals for things to do and enjoy only in Santorini!

The History

Santorini’s history is rich and interesting. The archaeological site of Akrotiri, a city dating back as long as 3.500 years, must be your first stop. In the prehistoric city of Akrotiri a sophisticated civilization has been developed and destroyed by the massive volcanic eruption of 1.600 B.C., the one that gave Santorini its current shape. Once in Akrotiri, you will witness a city with two storey buildings, squares and an impressive system for water supply. The magnificent and fabulous frescoes from Akrotiri are exhibited in the Museum of Prehistoric Thera in Fira.

The next important phase of Santorini’s history occurred at the top of the mountain Mesa Vouno, just above the villages of Kamari and Perissa. At the 8th century B.C. Spartan settlers built their town where today temples, a theatre and Agora awaits for their modern times visitors. The view from the Ancient Thera, as it is called, is amazing. The findings from the spot are found in the Archaeological Museum in Fira. For an organized visit to these sites please contact the front desk of Marillia Village Apartments & Suites in Santorini.

Sightseeing

Santorini has many sites worth visiting but we will try to short list to the most important ones just for our guests. Starting from Fira, the capital of Santorini, you will be enchanted by the marvellous views to the caldera, the mansions, the cave houses and you will enjoy shopping and your coffee or lunch to the many restaurants and cafes! From Fira head north to the picturesque villages of Firostefani and Imerovigli to enjoy more views to the caldera, the volcano, the sea and the nearby islands. Moving towards over the north part of the island where the magnificent village of Oia lies; the architecture, the ambiance and the views will make you feel amazed and thrilled!

Discover also the village of Pyrgos. A castle-city in a privilege location with beautiful views all over the island, mansions and picturesque cafes at squares! Once in Pyrgos village a lunch at the Restaurant Pyrgos will introduce you to the delicious gastronomic delights of Santorini. Very close to Marillia Village Apartments & Suites, we find the village of Emporeio. Stroll around the narrow alleys of the old castle city and feel the vibrations of the atmosphere. Tip: this is an ideal stop for your summer afternoons in Santorini!

The Beaches

We have already talked about the beach of Perivolos where Marillia Village is located and for the black sand, the crystal clear waters and the water sport facilities that you will find across the beach. If you move towards the rock at the end of the beach you will be passing by the natural continuation of Perivolos, the beach of Perissa. Close to Marillia Village, less than 2 km., is the volcanic beach of Vlychada. Enjoy swimming in the black sandy beach of Vlychada and take a stroll to little fisherman harbour. In Santorini you will find plenty of organized beaches, Kamari for example, and numerous of natural shores to swim at.

The Gastronomy

The products of Santorini are unique! The volcanic soil of the island gives to the products a delicious flavour. For example the fava, a type of beans, has been cultivated on the island for more than 3.000 years and belongs to a variety found only in Santorini. The cherry tomatoes of Santorini have a distinctive shape and flavour. Small sized with hard skin but with an “explosive” taste as you bite one or more. In Santorini do not miss tasting the white aubergine, caper in salads and other dishes that you will find in the restaurants of Santorini.

The wines of Santorini are also really special. The long tradition to wine making in Santorini lead up to today as more than 10 wineries are operating on the island. The people of Marillia Village can arrange a visit to the wineries of Santorini to taste the famous Vinsanto, the strong white wines made with the varieties of aidani and athiri and some red wines that have made their come-back to the wine proposals of the wineries!

Activities

There are so many things to do in Santorini! The people of Marillia Village can take care of your tours and excursions on the island where here you will find some of suggestions. First of all do not miss a cruise at caldera. Catamarans sail off from the neighbouring harbour of Vlychada and start for a cruise around the island and the caldera with stops at the White Beach, the Hot Springs and more! Do not miss a daytime or sunset cruise in the island.

For hiking lovers the most famous route is the one starting from the Fira and after two and a half hours walking mostly at the caldera cliffs you reach the gorgeous village of Oia. Other routes start from the villages of Pyrgos and Emporeio for various but beautiful spots on the island. For water sports you won’t have to travel as providers are a few steps from Marillia Village. Other activities include wine tours, sightseeing tours and visits to the nearby island that we will be happy to recommend you.