Jun 12, 2016

Media letter 13 June

Dear guests, welcome to our island! Today we would like to suggest you try the unique “anydra” products of Santorini!

Santorini is well known for some peculiar agricultural products, called “anydra” (= without water), since rain around the year is scarce.
The plantations have adapted in this local microclimate by absorbing the humidity that has been trapped inside the pumice stone. Without a lot of water, the products remain small in size, such as the local cherry tomatoes or the local katsounia (cucumbers).
Your reception desk can recommend where to taste the delicious products of Santorini producers.


Theran vines and ambelies
The cultivation of vines dates back to ancient times. The visitors observe, to their surprise, the "baskets", the shape given on the vines, when the farmers, in an effort to protect the plants from the harsh wind and drought, prune and wrap, even today, the branches of the plant low on the ground and avoid giving them height. Year after year they keep turning the branches of the vine around its root, creating the basket that is called “ambelies”. It’s a time-consuming technique and it is found only in Santorini and the Canary islands.
This technique has remained unchanged, even after the Second World War, when almost all European vineyards were destroyed by the phylloxera disease. Luckily, Santorini’s vineyards were the only immune to phylloxera vineyards in Europe owing to the particular soil and microclimate of the island.

The Photographer admires the caldera from Akrotiri
Santorini’s famous caldera offers amazing angles of the volcano, any place you see it from.
One particularly interesting photographic spot is on the road of Akrotiri - Lighthouse and on Akrotiri beach called Apothikes. Drive towards Akrotiri and stop wherever you like at the edge of caldera. If you keep going and turn right, before the entrance of the village, towards Faros, the view is getting even better. You can see Fira, Firostefani, Imerovigli, Oia, as well as Palaia and Nea Kameni and Aspronissi from a point that will fascinate you.
Take as many pictures as you can of this unique beauty and keep it in your memory forever!


Cultural and Educational Tourism ­
The Hellenic­­ Culture Centre, a leading institution which is well known for Greek Language and Culture courses, organises two-hour Greek language for beginners at your hotel and two-week Greek Language Courses. Other courses include traditional dancing and Greek song, walks in Megalochori, Pyrgos and Emporio, winery tours, ceramics course, painting workshop and much more! At Megalochori, opposite Geromanolis tavern. Please ask at your desk for information and reservations.

Archaeological Sites
On Mondays, the archaeological site of Ancient Thera and the Archaeological Museum are closed.
The archaeological site of Akrotiri (08.00 – 20.00) and the Museum of Prehistoric Thera are open (08.00 – 15.00).


Euro 2016
For football fans, the following teams face each other at the group stage today: Spain - Czech Republic, Ireland - Sweden, Belgium - Italy at 4pm, 7pm and 10pm respectively. You can watch the games at one of the numerous cafes in Kamari, combining the games with swimming at the black beach or a snack and drink at the pedestrian street.


The moderate southern wind brings a few clouds along and possibility of showers in the evening. This will not prevent us of course from enjoying a beautiful day with sunshine at the northeastern beaches.
• Kamari: The organized volcanic beach with calm waters is amazing for a morning swim and walk in the pedestrian zone.
• Monolithos: Fine sand with shallow and warm water, ideal for families.
• Eastern Beaches: Prefer the eastern beaches today because they are quieter and have no waves.



... The earliest evidence of human presence and habitation in Santorini dates back to the middle of the 5th millennium BC.

... The earthquake of 9 July 1956 in Santorini had a magnitude 7.5 Richter and was followed by the largest known tsunami in the Greek area during the last two centuries. The height of this wave reached 25m on the shores of the island of Amorgos and 20 m on the northern coast of the island of Astypalaia.