Santorini or Thira or Stroggili is an island of the Cyclades and one of the most famous tourist centers in the world. Famous for its wonderful sunsets and picturesque settlements, it attracts a huge number of visitors every year.
Santorini National Airport is used to access the island, while the coastal connection serves the port of Athinios, the largest port of Santorini.
Your trips to the island will be particularly enjoyable with a rental car from Imperial Car Rental.
Before the great volcanic destruction of prehistoric times, the island was round and was named Strogligi, and later acquired the names Kallisti and Rhenia. The later classic name Thira is due to the ancient
Spartan Thira, first colonizer of the island. The name Santorini is a paraphrase of the name Santa Irini given by the passers-by Franks Crusaders on the island, from the magnificent church of Agia Irini in the current area of Perissa.
The volcanic Strongyli sprang from the depths of the sea, as the myth describes. The third millennium BC is developing in Akrotiri. a prehistoric city with a very important harbor. After centuries of glory, an earthquake in the late 17th century BC flattens this cosmopolitan city.
The great eruption of the Late Bronze Age volcano precipitated what was magnificent on the island. What remains is the semicircular section with the caldera, Nea Kameni and Thirasia.
At the end of the 13th century BC was rehomed by Phoenicians and then by the Lacedaemonians, who called it Thira. In Hellenistic times, it becomes the basis of the Ptolemae, decays during Roman times, blooms
in the Byzantine years, passes into the domination of the Venetians, while suffering from the Latin conquerors and piracy. During the Ottoman rule, merchants and natives are active, while liberation and union with Greece in 1832
brings a fresh start to the island. The world wars and the devastating earthquake of 1956 desert it, but its tourist development since the late 1970s brings it back to the cosmopolitan pedestal where it belongs
time of its creation.
With the rental car from Imperial Car Rental, visit the sights and archaeological sites of Thira, such as the Minoan City of Akrotiri, the Museum of Prehistoric Thera, the Archaeological Museum and the Folklore
Emmanuel Lignos Museum in Fira, Naval Museum in Oia, Ancient Thira in Mesa Vouno, the Museum of Minerals & Fossils in Perissa.
The island is sown with beautiful settlements that can be visited by car hire from Imperial Car Rental and strolling along the picturesque streets.
At the edge of the caldera you will see Oia with the castle, the windmills and the picturesque harbor Ammoudi, Finikia, Imerovigli with the Venetian castle, Fira or Chora, one of the most beautiful settlements in Greece
the port of Firostefani, Karterados, Messaria, Pyrgos, a medieval ornament, Megalohori, one of the picturesque villages of the island, Emporio, the middle-aged fortress, Akrotiri with the prehistoric settlement of 4.500m The Minoan state and the castle.
Thanks to Imperial Car Rental you can reach the most beautiful volcanic beaches with black sand, such as Kolumpos, Monolithos, the Kamari tourist with the ruins of Ancient Thera's buildings, the endless Perissa, Perivolos and Agios Georgios, Vlychada, Red Beach, White Beach, Black Beach, Kokkinopetra, Balos, Mouzaki in Oia.
Your Santorini tours with Imperial Car Rental will reward you with the most dreamlike pictures and unforgettable experiences, making you already plan your next trip to this magical island!Areas: Imerovigli, Kamari, Fira, Akrotiri, Oia, Santorini Airport, Perissa, Athinios, Santorini Port.