The traditional Santorini settlement at Kamari is on the south-east coast and was completely rebuilt after the 1956 earthquake. Kamari has since become a major tourist hotspot, noted for its long, deep beach of volcanic black sand. Serried ranks of sunbeds pack the shore and the beach is backed by tree-shaded tavernas, bars and hotel apartments.
Kamari beach is a coarse-grained black sand that absorbs the heat of the sun and so it can become insufferably hot by the middle of the day> Kamari beach requires some sort of footwear, both for protection against the heat and the sharp gritty pebbles.
Kamari offers a wealth of cafes, bars, restaurants, shops and supermarkets, as well as a lively nightlife. There is a long paved promenade at Kamari that runs parallel to the beach that is traffic free for the summer.
Kamari beach is well organized, with sunbeds, umbrellas, watersports and diving. There are frequent buses to Fira and the resort has all the usual tourist facilities such as car and biike hire, gift shops, bars and nightclubs.
The official name for Kamari village is Episkopi Gonia, which takes its name from the local church and which is the focus of a major village festival on August 15.
Kamari is also noted for its annual jazz festival and there is an outdoor cinema on the road to Fira.
Above Kamari are the ruins of Ancient Thera on the impressive mountain of Mesa Vouno,. The ancient site is up a narrow and twisting road but always worth a visit, not only for the archaeological treasures but also for the amazing views.
The Museum of Prehistoric Fira on the Greek island of Santorini displays a very large number of ancient artefacts from across Santorini, notably from the fabulous Minoan site at Akrotiri.
It's the white cube houses of Oia on Santorini that make the most tempting scenes for the tourist clicking cameras followed by sites in Chania in Crete, Corfu and Mykonos.
Wine-making has been going on throughout Santorini for thousands of years. Small vineyards are dotted all over the island, and the locals have always been proud of their wines.
Tempting as it might be to pay big money for the best sea view on the island, we would recommend a slightly different approach when on holiday on Santorini island.