The Aegean Gem Hotel is located just at the entrance of Kamari village, a coastal settlement on Santorini’s southeastern coast. It is located 8 km from Fira town, 6 km from the airport, and 10 km from the port of Santorini. Kamari village has everything guests would require from their stay in Santorini. It is a perfect island microcosm in itself, with many retail shops and stores, from mini markets, bakeries, cafes, tavernas and restaurants, with the added advantage of it being very near the shore. It is a lively neighbourhood both during the day for a lazy stroll and at night for a casual drink, and is at your disposal to discover at your own pace.
The capital town of Santorini, Fira, is located at the top of the island’s Caldera. Directly opposite the volcano, it is brimming with places of interest, downward along the precipice. It is characterised by the whitewashed buildings and blue dome churches Santorini is associated with. It is a lovely setting to enjoy your favourite beverage while absorbing the views during the day, and it is the place where Santorini’s vibrant nightlife takes place during the evenings.
Oia village sunset
For gazing directly into the sunset, at the point where the sun dives into the sea, Oia village is the place to be. Known throughout the world for its mesmerising sunset views, an evening trip to Oia will introduce you to the magic of sundown. However, be prepared to face the crowds at dusk. Any other time of day, the village of Oia is a quaint and colourful one, incredibly picturesque and full of photographable frames left, right and centre.
The most famous beach in Santorini is the Black beach, on the Perivolos shore, and our local Kamari beach is only 300 m from Aegean Gem Hotel! The peculiarity of this beach is the fine, black, pebbly sand, brought about by the volcanic terrain that characterises Santorini’s landscapes, while it has invigorating clean, deep blue waters. There are a handful of beach bars to ensure your comfort and convenience with sunbeds, umbrellas and a range of upscale bar services, as well as some nice beachfront tavernas. What’s more is that you can take to some water activities here by visiting the dive centre, or you can give water sports a try. Choose between windsurfing, water skiing, surfing and paddle boats, as well snorkelling.
The Red beach of Santorini is a striking terracotta red colour. Also due to the volcanic terrain of the island, the cliffs behind it create an astounding backdrop. The sand on this beach is just as red as the cliffs, making it one of the most impressive shores Santorini can boast about. Access is somewhat tricky however, by way of a narrow footpath and there are some sunbeds and umbrellas you can rent if you desire the comfort they provide, while it has a small canteen offering a range of beverages. Alternatively you can reach it by boat for an even more exclusive experience.
The White beach is located near the Akrotiri area and is accessed either by a small footpath from the neighbouring Cambia beach or by boat. It boasts an extraterrestrial, lunar landscape of white pumice rocks that meet a small shore of crystalline waters. It is one of the quietest beaches due to its limited accessibility and has some facilities such as sunbeds and a small beach canteen.
The crescent shape of Santorini island is in fact due to a volcanic eruption many many years ago. The remnants of the mighty volcano are there for a personal encounter, if you so wish it. There are various volcano tours via boat you can opt for, and some have glass bottoms that show you a glimpse of Santorini’s underwater world too.