What is Cycladic architecture?

Cycladic houses are usually orientated to the southeast in order to benefit from natural light, while their walls are painted white and have a thickness of 60-80cm meant to provide protection from the strong winds and extreme heat.

Why is Santorini all white?

The white color reflects the biggest part of the dazzling light, preventing the houses from getting warm and that was a basic goal of the traditional architecture. Making the houses heat resistant, the summers are much more tolerable and pleasant.

Why is Santorini so popular?

There are many reasons why the small Greek island of Santorini is so popular as a holiday destination, with its stunning turquoise waters and picturesque villages, great activities including wine-tasting, authentic Greek cuisine, regular boat excursions due to its ideal location for island hopping.

Is there sharks in Greece?

While there are sharks in Greece, most species are harmless. ... All sharks are rare in Greece, and those that are seen or caught by fishermen are usually from less-dangerous types—basking sharks, thresher sharks, and dogfish. In recent years, sharks have been found or caught around Milos, Symi, and Crete.

Why do Greek churches have blue domes?

Once in Santorini, the painted arches and blue domes are sure to catch your attention, since they perfectly match the blue sky with the backdrop of the caldera and the Aegean Sea. Blue is a significant color for the Greeks as it reflects the color of their seas and skies and of their everyday life.

Why are Greek buildings white and blue?

Politics behind the colours Blue and white colours became permanent when a military government came in power in the year 1967. They made it mandatory for all the buildings on the islands to be painted blue and white as they thought these colours supported their political agenda.

How old is OIA?

Excepting from 1840 to 1851, Oia was an independent community, Dimos Oias (Δήμος Οίας) from 1 October 1834 (ΦΕΚ 4/1835). Under the Kapodistrias plan of 1997, it was combined with Therasia to form the rural community of Oia, Kinotita Ias (Κοινότητα Οίας).

How many blue domes are in Santorini?

Three Blue Domes

What are the blue domes in Santorini called?

The most photographed Santorini blue domes churches are located in Oia and are the churches of Agios Spiridonas (Saint Spyridon) and Anasteseos (the Church of the Resurrection). Both are built at the edge of the cliffs right next to one another.

Where are the best views in Santorini?

Imerovigli is the highest and most central part of the caldera which is why it is known as the 'Balcony to the Aegean. ' Make your way here and hike to the top of Skaros Rock for incredible uninterrupted views of Santorini.

Where is the famous view in Santorini?

Oia Castle is the most popular spot for sunset photos in all of Santorini and, justifiably so, its sunsets were among best we've ever seen. The best view of the the sunset is over Amoudi Bay against the backdrop of the gorgeous Oia buildings.

Where did the Kardashians stay in Santorini?

Celestia Grand

What should I not miss in Santorini?

The 51 Best Things to Do in Santorini

  • Hike From Fira to Oia. This is the single best thing to do on Santorini – and it's free! ...
  • Sunset, Caldera, and Volcano Boat Tour. ...
  • Santorini Winery Tour. ...
  • Jet Ski Tour To The Volcano. ...
  • Santorini Photography Tour. ...
  • Santorini Kayak Tour. ...
  • Walk the Volcano. ...
  • Ancient Akrotiri.

Is Santorini or Mykonos better?

The scenery, views, sunsets, and natural beauty of Santorini are unrivaled by Mykonos or any other Greek island. Mykonos is not without its beautiful spots but for scenes that are truly jaw-dropping, Santorini wins hands-down. Santorini is more romantic and much better suited to a honeymoon or couples vacation.

Is Mykonos just a party island?

The Greek island of Mykonos is known as a party capital and is a vacation hot spot for millionaires and billionaires. Ibiza, Spain, has a reputation as one of the top places to party in the world, with thumping 24-hour clubs, wild pool parties, and gorgeous beaches.

Why is Mykonos so popular?

Yes, there are several reasons why Mykonos attracts the rich and famous. First of all is the natural beauty, the picturesque Chora and the gorgeous beaches! ... light Boutique Hotel at the beach of Agios Ioannis in Mykonos. The people of the hotel will instantly make you feel like a celebrity.

What is Mykonos best known for?

Mykonos is home to lots of Greek and European restaurants, but its perhaps most famous for its Mediterranean cuisine, fresh seafood and mezze dining culture. Dishes unique to the island include kopanisti, a spicy cheese with an aromatic taste, and louza, which is made from thin slices of cooked, spicy pork.

Can you walk around Mykonos?

Mykonos isn't known for hiking. The island is relatively flat and developed, and there are virtually none of the donkey paths that make hiking elsewhere in the Cyclades such a joy. Nonetheless, it's pleasant to walk to many of the beaches along the narrow roads that snake through the sparse landscape.

What is the best location to stay in Mykonos?

The best place to stay in Mykonos for partying is Mykonos Town, for families it's Ornos or Platis Gialos, and for romance and honeymoons stay in Agios Ioannis, Psarou, or Mykonos Town (though pretty much every town is perfect for a honeymoon holiday).

How expensive is Mykonos?

Past travelers have spent, on average, €36 ($43) on meals for one day and €15 ($18) on local transportation. Also, the average hotel price in Mykonos for a couple is €99 ($118). So, a trip to Mykonos for two people for one week costs on average €1,426 ($1,699).

What is the best time to go to Mykonos?

The best time to visit Mykonos is September and October. Sitting in the Aegean Sea, this island's weather permits a year-round flow of tourists, but in September and October you'll see that the large crowds have left, the water remains warm and the hotel rates descend back into a reasonable range.

How many nights should I stay in Mykonos?

Five days is an ideal length of time for a visit here, as that will allow you enough time to tour legendary Mykonos beaches with their pulsing beach bars, explore the island's classic architecture, and duck into small shops, bars, and restaurants.

How busy is Mykonos?

about 10,000 people

Does Mykonos close down in October?

Mykonos Travel Seasons High Season (July to early September): Hot, sunny weather with lots of people – but never so many that it's unenjoyable. ... Everything is open in June and September but May and October will definitely see some closed doors. The sea might not be warm enough for swimming in May and October.