Yacht Charter in Santorini
Santorini and officially Thira is an island in the southern Aegean Sea, about 200 km (120 mi) southeast of Greece’s mainland. It is the largest island of a small, circular archipelago which bears the same name and is the remnant of a volcanic caldera. The municipality of Santorini comprises the inhabited islands of Santorini and Therasia and the uninhabited islands of Nea Kameni, Palaia Kameni, Aspronisi, and Christiana. The capital, Fira, clings to the top of the cliff looking down on the lagoon. The volcanic rocks present from the prior eruptions feature olivine and have a small presence of hornblende.
The whole island is famous for its high cliffs of volcanic origin which offer some spectacular views. Essentially, the whole island is one large volcano which has had its top blown off a long time ago, forming a large caldera in the center of the island which offers even more spectacular views.
The volcanic nature of the island also means that Yacht Charter beaches have a wide range of colors and textures depending on the geologic layer they’re situated on: there’s a Red Beach, a Black Beach, a White Beach.
The island is the site of one of the largest volcanic eruptions in recorded history: the Minoan eruption (sometimes called the Thera eruption), which occurred some 3600 years ago at the height of the Minoan civilization. The eruption left a large caldera surrounded by volcanic ash deposits hundreds of metres deep and may have led indirectly to the collapse of the Minoan civilization on the island of Crete, 110 km (68 mi) to the south, through a gigantic tsunami. Another popular theory holds that the Thera eruption is the source of the legend of Atlantis.
Vlichada marina – Yacht charter
The uncompleted marina of Vlichada at the south tip of Santorini (yacht charter) is really the only port where you can safely moor the yacht during storms or leave the yacht unattended whilst exploring the islands. Luxury Yacht charter. It has been unfinished for many years, but since summer 2009 the planned facilities can finally be appreciated.
Important: the approach is rather treacherous with two submerged ancient moles blocking the most logical way in. To avoid this and other obstacles: steer a course of 45° towards any point between the chimneys and the blue hotel till you see the entrance of the marina at 90°.
Note, that lots of charts and guides erroneously only mention one breakwater. And although the northern one (not indicated in the map below) is much shorter and not the dangerous one, it is certainly there!
Once inside, you still need a watchful eye since the entrance is quite often badly silted up and a nasty submerged block awaits you at your starboard side.