50 shades of Santorini

Beyond the classic Greek blue and white skyline, Santorini is an island of burnt orange and blood red, royal purple and butter yellow, electric green and pastel pink. - Inspired by BBC Travel article by Amanda Ruggeri
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Esperas in Σαντορίνη, Κυκλάδες

Esperas in Σαντορίνη, Κυκλάδες

A less crowded spot to watch the sun drop is from the harbor of Amoudi, located 1km down a steep, winding path from Oia. From here, you can drink local wine, dine on fresh fish and watch as the light sets both the Aegean and the red cliffs above aglow. It's the perfect place to make a toast to Santorini - and to the volcano that made it the striking, colorful place it is today.  http://esperas-santorini.com/   #santorini #oia #sunsets #greece

A less crowded spot to watch the sun drop is from the harbor of Amoudi, located 1km down a steep, winding path from Oia. From here, you can drink local wine, dine on fresh fish and watch as the light sets both the Aegean and the red cliffs above aglow. It's the perfect place to make a toast to Santorini - and to the volcano that made it the striking, colorful place it is today. http://esperas-santorini.com/ #santorini #oia #sunsets #greece

With its uninterrupted view west, Oia is the island's most popular place to take in the Aegean sunset's festival of color. The show is so popular, in fact, that each summer evening the town's streets fill with camera-toting visitors ready to capture the spectacle. But even before the sky lights up with fluorescent oranges and pinks, Oia itself turns a peach hue, bringing out the oranges in the volcanic rocks of the cliffs below.  http://esperas-santorini.com/  #santorini #oia #sunsets…

With its uninterrupted view west, Oia is the island's most popular place to take in the Aegean sunset's festival of color. The show is so popular, in fact, that each summer evening the town's streets fill with camera-toting visitors ready to capture the spectacle. But even before the sky lights up with fluorescent oranges and pinks, Oia itself turns a peach hue, bringing out the oranges in the volcanic rocks of the cliffs below. http://esperas-santorini.com/ #santorini #oia #sunsets…

Even Santorini's white buildings have pops of colour, displayed on the trim, on a gate or on a doorway, as shown here in Emporio, a lovely town 12km south of Thira  http://esperas-santorini.com/  #emporio #greece #santorini #thira

Even Santorini's white buildings have pops of colour, displayed on the trim, on a gate or on a doorway, as shown here in Emporio, a lovely town 12km south of Thira http://esperas-santorini.com/ #emporio #greece #santorini #thira

It wasn't only the Minoans who may have drawn inspiration from the island's palette. Today's residents employ a range of colors, too. While many of the island's buildings are white, others, like those shown here in Oia, range from robin's-egg blue to salmon-pink.  http://esperas-santorini.com/  #santorini #oia #color #greece

It wasn't only the Minoans who may have drawn inspiration from the island's palette. Today's residents employ a range of colors, too. While many of the island's buildings are white, others, like those shown here in Oia, range from robin's-egg blue to salmon-pink. http://esperas-santorini.com/ #santorini #oia #color #greece

Before the 1600BC eruption, Santorini was home to the thriving Bronze Age city of Akrotiri. The eruption, however, spewed out a 30km-high column of ash and rock, entombing the city  - and preserving a rare glimpse into the everyday life, art and industry of the Minoans. The preserved frescoes are surprisingly colorful, and playful - including this scene of monkeys in reds, yellows and blues.   http://esperas-santorini.com/  #santorini #history #minoan #greece

Before the 1600BC eruption, Santorini was home to the thriving Bronze Age city of Akrotiri. The eruption, however, spewed out a 30km-high column of ash and rock, entombing the city - and preserving a rare glimpse into the everyday life, art and industry of the Minoans. The preserved frescoes are surprisingly colorful, and playful - including this scene of monkeys in reds, yellows and blues. http://esperas-santorini.com/ #santorini #history #minoan #greece

Santorini is home to several black-sand beaches, like the one at Perissa, shown here. Most of Santorini's visitors stay in the island's capital of Thira - or on cruise ships - and few travelers make the 10km trip to Perissa. As a result, the beach isn't just picturesque (and, thanks to its dark shade, unusually warm to lie on), but it is often surprisingly quiet - at least outside of high season, from June to September.   http://esperas-santorini.com/  #santorini #beach #greece #color

Santorini is home to several black-sand beaches, like the one at Perissa, shown here. Most of Santorini's visitors stay in the island's capital of Thira - or on cruise ships - and few travelers make the 10km trip to Perissa. As a result, the beach isn't just picturesque (and, thanks to its dark shade, unusually warm to lie on), but it is often surprisingly quiet - at least outside of high season, from June to September. http://esperas-santorini.com/ #santorini #beach #greece #color

A beach for every color - Even Santorini's beaches come in a variety of hues. In fact, a glance at a map looks like a passage from a Dr Seuss book: Red Beach, White Beach, Black Beach. The pebbles and sand come from hardened lava, and the colors vary depending on which geological layer has been exposed. The hue of the massive rocks at Red Beach, shown here, in the island's southwest, comes from iron deposits.  http://esperas-santorini.com/  #santorini #beach #greece #color

A beach for every color - Even Santorini's beaches come in a variety of hues. In fact, a glance at a map looks like a passage from a Dr Seuss book: Red Beach, White Beach, Black Beach. The pebbles and sand come from hardened lava, and the colors vary depending on which geological layer has been exposed. The hue of the massive rocks at Red Beach, shown here, in the island's southwest, comes from iron deposits. http://esperas-santorini.com/ #santorini #beach #greece #color

Santorini's volcanic soil grows a veritable kaleidoscope of colorful flowers, brush and grasses. Most travelers, however, don't see the wildflower-dotted landscape that covers much of the island. To get this vantage point, you need to rent a car - or, for the very relaxed and schedule-independent, take a local bus - and explore parts of the island that, while just a few kilometers from Thira, often feel worlds away.   http://esperas-santorini.com/  #santorini #greece

Santorini's volcanic soil grows a veritable kaleidoscope of colorful flowers, brush and grasses. Most travelers, however, don't see the wildflower-dotted landscape that covers much of the island. To get this vantage point, you need to rent a car - or, for the very relaxed and schedule-independent, take a local bus - and explore parts of the island that, while just a few kilometers from Thira, often feel worlds away. http://esperas-santorini.com/ #santorini #greece

Flavors of a Volcano  Today, the 75sqkm island is home to some 14sqkm of vineyards, most of which grow assyrtiko. The native grape is now found across Greece, producing white wines that are full-bodied, dry and, unsurprisingly, have a slightly mineral taste. The varieties shown here were featured at a tasting at the vineyard Domaine Sigalas, just on the outskirts of Oia.  http://esperas-santorini.com/  #santorini #greece #oia #wine

Flavors of a Volcano Today, the 75sqkm island is home to some 14sqkm of vineyards, most of which grow assyrtiko. The native grape is now found across Greece, producing white wines that are full-bodied, dry and, unsurprisingly, have a slightly mineral taste. The varieties shown here were featured at a tasting at the vineyard Domaine Sigalas, just on the outskirts of Oia. http://esperas-santorini.com/ #santorini #greece #oia #wine


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