Santorini’s extraordinary beauty may have become world-famous, but there are still many special, under-the-radar spots and hidden secrets to find and fall in love with during your stay at Magma Resort Santorini.
The Monastery of Prophet Elias
The Monastery of Prophet Elias sits calmly on the highest peak of Santorini. Dating back to 1712, it is the oldest on the island and worth following the scenic walk that leads to its yard, just 4km from Pyrgos village. Apart from the rewarding panoramas it will offer you, it’s home to rare books, icons and religious artefacts.
Lighthouse of Akrotiri
The Lighthouse of Santorini is not only one of the oldest in Greece, but also one of the most photogenic. A story that started in 1892, when petrol fuel was still its source of power and continues up to the present day. The best time to visit the old Lighthouse is during the golden hour as its magic culminates at sunset.
Ammoudi bay, the most charming little harbour of Santorini, is situated below the rocks of Oia. You can access it by car or on foot, descending the steps carved on the caldera cliffs. Here fishing boats float lazily next to traditional fish taverns, while daring swimmers dive from the rocks to the crystalline waters of the bay.
Unique examples of Santorini’s richly preserved history, the five casteli- castles of the island, date back to the Venetian past of Santorini when fortified settlements were built at Skaros in Imerovigli, Oia, Pyrgos, Emporio, and Akrotiri. They are perched on privileged viewpoints offering panoramic views that you will never forget.
Santorini sunsets are mythical. The most famous sunset spots of the island are found in Oia and although the Castle of Agios Nikolaos in the well-known village of Santorini is a must-visit place, those wishing to relish nature’s miracle from a quieter location can opt for Ammoudi bay, Imerovigli, the Akrotiri Lighthouse or the caldera of Fira where the sunset lasts longer.