Santorini - Greece on a cold winter day

Santorini, the youngest volcanic land in the Eastern Mediterranean, is actually a group of islands consisting of Thíra, Thirassiá, Asproníssi, Palea and Nea Kaméni in the southernmost part of Cyclades. Santorini islands is still an active volcano. The islands that form Santorini came into existence as a result of intensive volcanic activity; twelve huge eruptions occurred, one every 20,000 years approximately, there are not many places in the world where you can enjoy exquisitely clear waters while perched on the rim of a massive active volcano in the middle of the sea.

Watching the sun peek its way into the clouds.
Heading out for a hike in the country side.
Looking back on the endless rolling hills
The sunset is utterly breathtaking
White Santorini - Many of the stairs are very steep.
A walk in the park, watching the autumn leafs fall
The city of Athens, Greece, with its famous Acropolis. Temple of Olympian Zeus or Olympeion
We couldn't help but stop and enjoy the beauty of the city and its amazing food.
Looking over at the other island.
Parthenon- This is the main temple of Athens which was dedicated to the patroness of the city and the whole Attica, the goddess Athena. It was built in 447-438 BC.
There are monuments of architecture of the XIX century - the churches of the Byzantine period: the Russian church of the Holy Trinity, the church of St. Theodore, the church of St. Catherine and others.
Enjoying breakfast as waves crash off the rocks
My balcony - where is spend time admiring the view.
Another day of exploring Greece's beauty on New Years Eve.
Going on a walk after viewing the vineyards.
Another Beautiful sunrise
Soaking up the distinctive traditional atmosphere and archaeological sites.

My visit to Santorini, Greece was exceptional to day the least, as I visited it during the winter of 2013 (December- January). In the colder months, less accommodation settlements remained open, as winter is considered an off season. However, in the past few years Santorini has organized to operate as a tourist destination throughout the year with more accommodations during winter. I would like to recommend Greece, specifically Santorini, for anyone who wants to get away from the world and explore something surreal. This trip was definitely my favorite as it was so different from anywhere i've ever been.

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