#WanderLAD: Santorini, Greece

category-Travel WanderLAD-Wednesday

So you made it past the dreaded Monday, and yet for some reason you woke up this morning thinking it was Friday. We feel ya. You're stuck at your desk and now more than ever, the day seems to be dragging on. At this point, your mind starts to wander...and we want to wander with you.

This week, let's pack our bags and get lost in…
Santorini, Greece.

This island is filled with beautiful beaches, spectacular scenery, ancient cities, amazing restaurants, some of the world’s best wine, and an active volcano. It is the largest island of a small, circular archipelago which bears the same name and is the remnant of a volcanic caldera.

Santorini is essentially what remains after an enormous volcanic eruption that destroyed the earliest settlements on a formerly single island.The island is the site of one of the largest volcanic eruptions in recorded history: the Minoan eruption (sometimes called the Thera eruption), which occurred some 3,600 years ago at the height of the Minoan civilization.

Santorini was named by the Latin Empire in the thirteenth century, and is a reference to Saint Irene, from the name of the old cathedral in the village of Perissa - the name Santorini is a contraction of the name Santa Irini.

Santorini’s primary sources of wealth are agricultural and tourism. Over the last years, Santorini has had the honor as being voted as one of the most beautiful islands of the world. Besides being that, Santorini remains as the home of a small, but flourishing wine industry based on the indigenous ‘Assyrtyko’ grape variety.

Santorini is one of only two locations in Europe to feature a hot desert climate, so there’s plenty of sunshine and warmth all year round. See you there.

(via Lonely Planet)

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