Leaving back the Ultimate Easter Escape

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The Star of Cyclades

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Santorini & Architecture

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Leaving back the Ultimate Easter Escape

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Santorini is a magnificent place and especially during Easter seductively unveils its hidden secrets. Whether you are in the mood of exploring Easter traditions or just of viewing the locals celebrate the Holy week (the week before Easter), Santorini always offers you an original and unforgettable experience.  

The Holy week on the island was full of smells and flavors. The ladies prepared the local delicacies for Easter such as Tsourekia (a type of brioche), special Easter cookies, as well as melitinia (the most famous sweet pastries during these days) that filled the air with mouth-watering smells.

Each day of the holy week was ideal to enter a church and relax. Even if you didn’t understand the words there was a certain feeling of peace and tranquility that surrounded you.

The Good Friday in Santorini has been synonymous to the village of Pyrgos, due to the unique way of the Epitafios celebration (the funeral bier paraded in a somber march), an event that made the village internationally known. The villager’s preparations were consisting of lighting up thousands of aluminum cans, stuffed with flammable materials and placing them on every house, every roof top, every church, every path, on the entire village even on the Venetian castle, creating an unforgettable atmosphere. It was a truly magical sight, just unforgettable.

On Good Saturday evening, the monastery of Prophet Elias at the highest point of the island was magnificent. The view was breathtaking and everyone enjoyed an impressive spectacle of fireworks that illuminate the starry sky of Santorini. Every year, most people bring a candle along, and according to tradition, they light it up from the Holy Flame, and try to keep it lit for as long as they can.

On Easter Sunday, flowers blossomed in every garden and the cobbled streets were overcrowded as whole lambs were roasted over fire pits for several hours, before being taken home for the family feast.

Every year the visitors are fascinated by the devoutness and the dedication of Santorinians, no matter how religious they are! With no second thought, it is an experience not to be missed.

The Star of Cyclades

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Unforgettable beauty that inspires awe, unsurpassed vistas bathed in light, an aura of mystery that calms the soul. This island has a powerful energy that makes all the senses come alive to the highest level, surrendering to the countless contrasts intensity. 

Star of the Cyclades, Santorini dominates as their most recognizable name, at a global level - for the volcanic slopes of the Caldera, its fascinating history, its cosmopolitan atmosphere, its incomparable vistas and its native, hand-tended vineyards. The black beaches, in contrast to the white-washed houses, the savage volcanic landscape which ties in harmoniously with the clean Cycladic lines, the Red Beach, the Akrotiri, or the ‘Pompeii of the Aegean’, as it's been called, the famed sunset at Imerovigli - these are only some of the images that words cannot easily describe. Each excursion, an unforgettable moment, as if taken from a movie set, filled with beautiful villages, beaches, well known restaurants, swank hotels and a vibrant nightlife.

Luxuriate in the unique energy of the island, stroll through the medieval cobblestone alleyways alongside a couple of newlyweds, gaze at the fiery sun dipping below the horizon - and live the fairy tale in this paradise on earth. 

Santorini & Architecture

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The architecture of the island presents a specific beauty, different than the regular Cycladic architectural style of the marble-white painted houses that emerge like several shiny pearls from the blue depths of the Aegean sea. Santorini features a unique vernacular architecture that is a living proof of the marvelous collaboration between the intrepid forces of nature and the human touch.

From prehistoric times, the poorer inhabitants of Santorini built their houses into the volcanic rock, constructing entire villages nestled into the island’s cliffs and stone. That way they could get benefited from the stone’s abilities of insulation.  Ideally, the stone houses could preserve heat during winter and be much cooler at summertime. The rest of houses and public buildings, built on the peak of the hills, appear to be outgrowths of the volcanic rock itself, attributing  the entire island to a unique effect.

In fact, Santorini lies on a volcano and earthquake zone, and tall buildings wouldn’t be very wise, for obvious reasons. The spectacular natural landscape dominates the scene, anything man-made would literally disrupt the aesthetic harmony of the natural environment and would fade before the majesty of Nature.

Approaching the region of Oia, one of the most popular and picturesque villages in the entire island, you can get to meet a side of this peculiar architectural style of the ‘yposkafos’  -dug in the rock- constructions. It is admirable how most of the hotels have followed this very pattern, creating an amazing experience for the visitor!

Andronis Exclusive started 9 years ago, creating hotels and restaurants, built on the inside of the rock of the caldera, respecting the traditional architectural patterns of ‘yposkafo’.     Since it is impossible to disturb the natural elements of the construction of the cliff and install an elevator, most of us will find it tiring climbing down loads of stone steps. But there lies the charming individuality of the landscape that can be found only within the volcanic  territory of Santorini, approaching the lowest level, decreasing the distance between the dark rocks and the salty waters of the sea.  

Find Andronis Exclusive in Oia and dig into the breathtaking views and the diverse caldera overlooking the Aegean sea.