Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Greek Islands

Greece has over 6,000 islands and islets, but only 227 of these islands are inhabited, with only 78 of these having more than 100 inhabitants.

Featured in the Mamma Mia!, the Musical, Greek Islands are an idyllic location due to the sun, seas and reflections of clusters of white washed buildings. Two of the most popular Greek Islands are Mykonos and Santorini.

The island of Delos, near Myknonos is one of the most important mythological, historical and archeological sites in Greece.

In ancient times, Delos was a major sacred site, second only to the Temple of Apollo at Delphi. It is a fascinating site, located a short ride from Myknos.

One of the more boggling sights is the monuments dedicated to Apollo, each decorated with a huge phallus, emblematic of the orgiastic rites that took place during Dionysian festivals.

Santorini is located in the southern Aegean Sea, and is essentially what remains of an enormous volcanic explosion, destroying what used to be a single island, creating a archipelago of volcanic islands.
The Santorini Caldera is undoubtedly one of the natural wonders, and has also been linked to the myth of Atlantis. The caldera is actually a basin, which extends for miles, with towering and rocky cliffs, more than a thousand feet from the sea level, and extends deep underneath the sea for an additional thousand feet, thereby creating a perfect harbor.
One of Europe’s tourist hotsopots, with it’s picture perfect landscape with gleaming white churches and sparkling blue seas, Santorini is one of the most photographed parts of Greece.

(Excerpt: Sacred Destinations: Greece; Wikipedia: “Greek Islands”; Santorini Infor)

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