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Santorini, Parthenon among must-see sites

The Parthenon and the island of Santorini are among the 43 must-see sites for everyone in the world, according to US travel magazine Smithsonian.

Named “43 places to see before you die”, the list contains a raft of landmarks and extraordinary sites around the world, reserving two spots for two of Greece’s best attractions.

Among spots such as the Pyramids, the Galapagos Islands etc, Santorini and the Parthenon have taken their place in the list of top destinations – at a time when tourism appears vital for the Greek economy to show some recovery.

Santorini has clearly stolen the imagination of the popular travel review as it is this photo that was chosen as a cover for the whole issue.

“Santorini’s fundamental attraction is its profound aura of calm. It seems that there are few places in the world where time stands still - but this is one of those rare refuges,” the magazine claims, after exalting the beauty and the special character of the Cycladic island.

The Parthenon could not have been left out either, with the report being complete with the developments of the new museum and the works on the holy rock.

“After a recent restoration, the center of the Athenian Acropolis and symbol of Western democracy still inspires,” comments Smithsonian.

 

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Santorini's Agriculture

Santorini's Agriculture

The special characteristics of Santorini: volcanic soil, climate, reduced rainfalls, lack of spring waters affects and gives some special characteristics to the agricultural products of Santorini. The lack of spring waters and the very low rainfall makes Santorini one of the driest places in the Aegean. The climate is temperate, the winters are mild (the temperature rarely falls below 10 degrees Celsius and the summer is also moderated by the northern breezes called Meltemia. Santorini's most important agricultural activity is the cultivation of vines and the production of wine. The wine of Santorini famous since antiquity was the island' s main source of income for many centuries. The varieties of grape are called asyrtiko, aidani, mantilaria and mavrotragano.

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Looking in Santorini

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