Currently Santorini is under volcanic eruption watch, which makes this beautiful island a site that may not be seen again in its entire splendor. Known as one of the most beautiful islands and destinations Santorini is sure to steal your heart. To glimpse this island before an eruption of any sort, get your United States passport and head over there. If you’re in need of a renewal be sure to apply for the expedited U S passport renewal, this way you won’t miss out on the beauty of Santorini.
Passports allow for international travel. Without a United States passport you cannot enter a foreign country and may have difficulty re-entering the United States. All US citizens when traveling abroad need a passport, including infants and children. Passports used to be a hassle to obtain and keep up with, but now, with the internet and technology, the United States passport can be applied for online and updates are as easy as the click of a mouse.
Its peak tourism season is May through October, however visiting in the off season is much better as prices go down and the island is very quiet. Santorini, officially known as Thira, is an island in the Aegean Sea off the coast of Greece. It is part of the circular archipelago and is the most southern of the Cyclades islands. It is an island known for its sunsets, and picturesque scenes such as white buildings with blue domes.
Santorini is basically the remains of the epic eruption that wiped out the Minoan civilization. This eruption formed the current geological caldera which is a giant central, lagoon with high steep cliffs on three sides. The lagoon is separated from the ocean by a smaller island known as Therasia. The eruption occurred about 3600 years ago during the height of the Minoan civilization. There has been debate concerning what caused the actual demise of the Minoans on the island of Crete; some believe the Minoans were wiped out much later. What is known is that there was a major eruption, the biggest in history as of yet, it may not have wiped the Minoans out but many believe the eruption to be the basis for the mythic Atlantis.
Santorini is a must see destination. In addition to the history it offers, it is a great vacation spot. There are many ways to get to Santorini as there are also many options when it comes to accommodations. The island is relatively small so no matter where you stay you have access to the entire island. There are boast tours that offered within the Caldera, and you can even swim in the sulphur laden waters. Be careful though, you’ll turn orange. There are donkey rides available that will take you up hundreds of stairs where you can see the beautiful sunsets of Ia, known for it’s white buildings with blue domes. There are many wineries around Santorini that offer tours as well. And there are bon fires often on the beaches. It is truly an experience of a lifetime.
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