Magic and Events in Santorini
There is something magical about the Greek Islands and Santorini at the south of the Cyclades Islands is no exception.
Santorini is in fact the biggest of a group of five small islands, two of which are volcanic. Originally just one island until a volcanic eruption in split them into their individual positions, Santorini covers an area of 73 square kilometres and is 120 nautical miles from Piraeus.
Santorini has dramatic landscapes and wonderful quiet beaches with amazing white, red, and grey sand although the majority have darker sand which contrasts strongly with the deep blue waters. The beaches range from lively restaurant and bar filled stretches to quiet secluded spots, with some only accessible by boat.
For many years now Santorini has hosted the annual Santorini Jazz Festival in the open air theatre in Kamari. Founded in 1997, the festival has attracted many top jazz bands and celebrities from Greece, as well as artists from the rest of the world. It runs each summer and features various genres of jazz from traditional to funk.
In September is the International Music Festival of Santorini, this year’s 32nd event held from September 3-19th 2010 at the Petros M Nomikos Conference Centre.
There are also many local festivals in the villages in Santorini including the annual Donkey Festival, a Volcanic Firework display and various religious festivals.
Santorini has its own airport but is also reached by various ferry services linking the island to the mainland and other Greek islands.