Santorini wines are very drinkable indeed, ranging from dry whites to robust reds and the sweet dessert Vinsanto, perfect for toasting the sunsets people travel from all corners of the world to see. The inevitable downside is that when something is a bit exclusive, then you'll have to pay for it so it pays you to be a bit canny.
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come crashing in, as they sometimes do when the wind works itself up into more than just a refreshing breeze, the rocks they dislodge float around on the sea.
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Continuing finds at ancient Akrotiri under the compacted ash and pumice the rock that floats! could in time put Pompeii well in the shade, with emerging evidence of a large and advanced, multi storey city with a social structure to match, while Britain was still polishing up its axes in the Bronze Age.
It's not helping the locals, either. The seriously rich hotel/ club/bar/ jewellery and art shop owners at the top of the tourist industry tree, and the moneyed, seasonal business owners who travel from Athens to cream off summer trade just whack the prices up regardless and the tourists, can take it or leave it. But ordinary families in the villages, who have been having a hard enough time of it to start with, are really suffering.
The catastrophic explosion buried everything under 30m of ash, before the crater collapsed and the sea poured in, leaving a jagged rim which is the Santorini of today.
For historians have now firmly decided that the Greek gem of Santorini in the Cyclades was the lost island of Atlantis, finally nailing the ancient myth about a mysterious, vanished civilisation as pretty solid fact after generations of argument and academic falling out.
Kamari, in the south east of Santorini, is a good example, because although it is a bustling resort in season, it is an established place with family life at its heart and families like Mantha and Stephanos Chalaris and their pals (and their children!) welcome friends back time and again to their Black Sand hotel and apartments and Oxygen cafe/bar on the seafront.
Put them on the list of people to call and start surfing now.
The crescent shaped tourist mecca towering dramatically out of the Aegean is all that is left after a volcanic eruption of almost unimaginable scale about 1,500 BC, causing tsunamis which crippled and may even have destroyed the Minoan civilisation in Crete 70 miles away.
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Villagers are still generous to a fault, with touching hospitality even when you know they are hard up, but when snacks and drinks are costing the same as in the centre of Manchester, your holidays 'spends' aren't going to stretch very far and you have to weigh up carefully if you really want to go.
They are having to pay much more for the very basics they need to live on and by the time this is passed on, even long time lovers of Greek island holidays are looking elsewhere Greece is no longer the cheap and cheerful option that it was only a few years Nike Air Max Thea Release Date ago.
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The penny or euro doesn't take long to drop on Santorini and you realise that the Greek Nike Air Max Thea Dress
You don't, for example, take the amazing drive down to the admittedly rather special Theros 'wave bar' near Vlyhada and drink a small bottle of local beer without checking the price first, or you might find that being asked for cool 7 is a major shock to the system.
The legacy is all around, with even the most casual and unaware of visitors struck by wind carved rocks which look straight off a Star Trek set, cave houses dug into hillsides all over the island and cliffs sculpted into shapes which would be impressive in the Tate Modern. There's virtually no vegetation apart from grape vines and tomatoes, grown in a very special way to duck the scouring winds, with some capers and olives thrown in but here, the visitor scores again.
The first thing to register is that sand is black. Or sometimes white. Or maybe even red but mainly it's black, for mile after unspoiled mile of island beaches.
Basing yourself in a resort village where locals live all year round is a good start, though, because they want to keep their community alive and will welcome you in, so have a look on the web and shop around, even phoning small hotels to ask the owners what they can do for you.
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