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L'archipelago of Santorinilocated in the south-eastern part of the Aegean Seais part of the Cyclades of the Greece. Here are my suggestions for visiting Santorini and its many islands, which were named after Saint Irene by the Venetians in the 13th century. Its breathtaking volcanic landscapes and heavenly beaches The island is famous for its multicoloured beaches. It is the most popular and most visited island of the Cyclades, so here are some tips on how not to miss its must-haves.

The ideal time to visit the Santorini archipelago

It is important that you know that Santorini is the most touristic island of the Cyclades. Oia is one of the most photographed cities in the world, so if you don't like crowds, avoid the Santorini archipelago between July and AugustIt was very crowded when I visited it in September, especially because of the intense summer heat. It was still very crowded when I visited in September. You will have a great time on the island if you go there in June or after September.

The best way to get to the Santorini archipelago is by boat

This is the ideal way to the archipelago of Santorini. This is the most popular way to get to the island for families. Many companies offer fast and comfortable ferries to the island, where you can usually board with your car.

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You will need approximately 5 hours to reach the archipelago of Santorini by ferry from Athensor 2 hours from Heraklion. You can also leave from other popular Aegean islands, such as Syros, Mykonos and Naxos. We would choose to cross the Aegean Sea from Heraklion to the Santorini archipelago with Seajet, a very comfortable company.

Directferries will allow you to compare all the offers of the different ferry companies in order to find the best option for the Santorini archipelago.

How do you get around once you arrive in the Santorini archipelago?

You can rent a scooter. Many tourists rent scooters and quad bikes or cars. A scooter is an excellent option for short trips. The island is large, making it the largest island in the Cyclades. To rent a proper scooter you need to have a valid licence. You can also travel by bus, although not all buses pass through Fira.

What to visit in the Santorini archipelago?

Fira, the largest island in the Santorini archipelago

Firathe largest city on the island of Santorini, is a place where you can stay. This is also where I could use public transport. There is only 20 minutes by bus from here to Oia, for example. Both Fira and Oia have views of the Caldera. But what is the Caldera? It is a large volcanic crater measuring several kilometres in circumference. It shows that the Santorini archipelago is a submerged part of an ancient volcanoIt was so beautiful that I couldn't believe it. It was so beautiful that I couldn't believe it.

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These natural wonders are fascinating. You can climbing many volcanoeswhose Stromboli in Sicilythe mount Batur (Bali) and theEtna (but only by funicular!). Let's not forget the caldera of the Santorini archipelago: the white villages that cling to the cliffs. It's a beautiful place with a blue ocean. From Fira, you can see Nea Kaminithe heart of the volcano from where you can make a excursion.

Fira has a lot to offer. You can walk through the streets and enjoy the view. You can also have a drink, a meal or go shopping. You can also go down to the old harbour by big stairs. Some people do this with mules and donkeys. It's not what I like, but you might like it if you have children. The port wasn't too crazy for me, and you can take the funicular for 6€ per person. Fira also has the museum of prehistorythe museum of archaeology and thechurch with 3 bells. Fira is beautiful by day and by night.

The beautiful town of Oia on the archipelago of Santorini

Oia is the city the most famous of the Santorini archipelago. It is also the most photographed island!

Oia is known for its traditional houses on the cliffIts cobbled roads and windmills. We love Oia's pretty pastel colours and its windmills. The town is also dotted with blue domes overlooking the sea.

You can also take the 300 steps up to the port of Amoudi if you want to reach the bay from Oia. Oia can be very touristy, even in low season. It is best to visit Oia early in the morningThere are many people after 11:30.

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