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“Lydia” house, 93 m2, is in the amazing village of Oia, among the last row of houses on the cliff.
It used to be an old bioclimatic cave-house which Emmanouil Vasilakis, architect and owner, renovated in 2010, using high quality materials combined with the traditional methods of Santorini’s technicians. The outcome is obviously a dream house, completely adapted to the unique scenery of Santorini island, with excellent minimal aesthetic and fully functional interior spaces.
Sitting on the small front yard or on the terrace above, there’s an amazing and anobstructed panoramic view towards the traditional village of Oia, the Caldera (the ...Read more
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Lydia's House Luxurious cavehouse Villa Oia, Aegean Islands, Greece
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Santorini is a volcanic island located in Cyclades in the southern Aegean Sea, about 200 km (130 mi) southeast from Greek mainland.
The island is essentially what remains of an enormous volcanic explosion, destroying the earliest settlements on what was formerly a single island, and leading to the creation of the current geological caldera.
It is also officially called Thera or Thira and it is the largest of a complex of 5 islands which share the same name (Thirasia and Aspronisi which are parts of the ancient Strogili and the two volcanic islands Palea Kammeni and Nea Kammeni). It has a total area of 70 km2 and it is populated by 13,670 local people. During the summer the island is visited by an average of 60,000 tourists per day while during the wintertime Santorini is preferred by nature lovers.
The island is connected to Piraeus, Thessaloniki, Crete, Rhodes, Kos and all the major Cyclades islands (Mykonos, Paros, Naxos, Sifnos, Milos, Tinos, Syros) by boat as well as to Athens and many countries direct by airplane.
Many reasons made this island famous worldwide. There is a myth connecting Thira and lost Atlantis. Also Jules Verne made Santorini famous with its books "Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea" and "The mysterious island" where captain Nemo and his crew watch the volcano eruption. He was one of the visitors and scientists that came to Thira during the eruptions of 1866 - 1870 and wrote the well known book just after it. It is really the mysterious island where the volcano rules The caldera view is breathtaking !
The reputation of the Santorini Caldera View is based on the 85 meter (300 feet) high cliff that many of the island's villages are built to perch on top of, offering a sea view as far as the eye can see. The cliff is the wall of the submerged volcano crater caused by the cataclysmic eruption around 3000 BC.
There are many exotic places to go swimming, sandy or with volcanic rocks, all over the island. One could go to Ammoudi, a very picturesque beach near Oia by going down a number of steps but the few little picturesque taverns compensate you.
You can take a boat trip around the volcano, explore an archaeological excavation of a 3600 year-old civilization, or perhaps visit some cultural museums. You can tour ancient Byzantine churches and charming wineries, or go trekking along the rim of the Caldera and discover its traditional villages and stunning scenery. You can also ride on a donkey to the old port where you can go on an excursion to the volcano and swim in its hot springs! There is so much to do and this is the ideal place to enjoy doing it.
Oia ,the Village of the fascinating sunsets
The traditional settlement of Oia is located on the northern top of the island, high on the cliff-top. Oia hosts the most magnificent view of Santorini and a picturesque road, with cliffs on one side and the sea on the other, leads to this attractive little town. The old ruined Castle overlooks the Caldera and visitors use to gather there to enjoy the idyllic sunset.
Directly below is the beach of Ammoudi and across the bay are the Burnt Islands. Ammoudi, accessible by car as well, is 214 steps below, and Armeni beach is 286 steps below. The architecture of Oia is typical Cycladic with houses dug deep into the volcanic soil, their whitewashed walls and blue domes sparkling in the sunlight. Oia today also hosts a cultural centre, a central art gallery and many other greek art galleries. Many shops sell handicrafts, souvenir and jewelry. Oia is the ideal spot to enjoy a peaceful vacation surrounded by unique natural beauty.
It was at the middle of 16th century b.C. when the island faced a catastrophe. But cause of this tragedy it has this incomparable beauty.
Santorini has a pleasant climate and rather cool summers due to northeast winds that blow through the region.
Santorini soil is fertile and despite the lack of water it produces (small quantities but exceptionally tasty) tomatoes, barley, cucumbers and yellow peas. Among the most prized products are also its unique variety of vines.
If you are after the caldera view have a look at Fira, Oia, Imerovigli, Firostefani, Megalochori and Akrotiri.
For the best beaches check Perissa, Kamari, Perivolos, Vlihada and Red beach.
The unique caldera, the energy and the beauty of the island are the most important reasons for being ranked as the top island in Europe and one of the once in a life time must see destinations of the world.
Steeped in history, Santorini has plenty of archaeological sites to visit including the ruins of Ancient Thira, Akrotiri and the Caldera, seen also from the sea Venetian fortress at Pirgos.
Santorini also offers unique accommodation, inspired by the distinct Santorinian-style, and on the south side of the island there are beautiful beaches with many beach sports and activities available. On the highest peak of Santorini is a monastery of the Prophet Elijah (Profitis Ilias), where there is a picturesque religious feast on 20 July each year.
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