Scenic Oia village of Santorini

Greek Islands

The blue waters of the Aegean Sea are home to a large number of islands belonging to Greece.  Only 227 among them are inhabited. Each inhabited island has its own legend, history, and culture. Crete, which was home to the Minoan civilization, is the largest and Santorini is the most popular.

Mykonos

The island of Mykonos belongs to the Cyclades group of the islands in the Aegean Sea. According to a legend, the island was formed by the bodies of giants petrified after Hercules killed them. The island was named after the grandson of Apollo.  Chora is the main city and also a major tourist attraction. Windmills dot the island and many of them are in Chora.

Island of Mykonos

The beautiful coastline of Mykonos makes it worthwhile to watch the sunset.

Sunset at Mykonos
Sunset at Mykonos

Because of its spectacular landscape, the moonlit night sky at Mykonos is beautiful and serene.

Moonlight at Mykonos
Moonlight at Mykonos

Santorini

The island of Santorini is also part of the Cyclades and one of the most visited places in Greece. What we see now is the remnants of Thera, a bigger island that was the center of a huge volcanic eruption happened 3600 years ago during the height of Minoan civilization.

Although Fira is the biggest town in Santorini, the Village of Oia is the most visited and a photographer’s paradise.

As you can see from the map below,  the outline formed by the archipelago of Santorini has the shape of a caldera.

Oia Village

Located on the northwest corner of Santorini, the Village of Oia is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the world.  It is about 500 feet above sea level. Most of the buildings in this village are built on the slopes of the caldera.

Scenic views from Oia Village

 Church of Panagia of Platasani at Oia village
Church of Panagia of Platasani

Sunset

The sunset at the Oia Village is spectacular and a photographer’s dream.

Sunset as seen from Oia Village

Wine

Santorini is also famous for its wine called Vin Santo and is well -known to wine lovers all over the world. The grape vines in Santorini are coiled like a basket and kept low on the ground in order to avoid the strong winds coming from the ocean.

The wine-making tradition in Santorini dates back thousands of years. Grapes grown on the soil contain volcanic ash and the Mediterranean climate gives the wine a distinct taste.

Patmos

Known in the Christian world as the island of Apocalypse, Patmos is where St. John the Evangelist spent later part of his life and wrote the Book of Revelations living in a cave.

Being a Disciple of Jesus and the one who wrote one of the four gospels,  St  John said to have traveled to Ephesus and preached the gospel there in the Great Theater.  Because of his evangelization activities,  the Roman Empire during the reign of Emperor Domitian (81-96 CE) banished him to Patmos.

After the death of Domitian, St John was released from exile and reported to have returned to Ephesus. Unlike the other Apostles of Jesus who were all martyred, St. John died a natural death at the ripe age of 92. It is believed that he died in Ephesus.

Monastery of St. John the Theologian

The cave where St. John lived and wrote The Book of Revelations is a big tourist attraction. The Monastery of St. John the Theologian was built in the 11th century around this cave.

Monastery of St. John the Theologian

Scenic View

Just like other islands in Aegean, Patmos is also scenic and a very popular tourist attraction.

Scenic views around the island of Patmos

Crete

See Crete

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