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TEFL Certification Santorini | TEFL Greece
Santorini is many peoples’ idea of the quintessential greece. The picture postcard island of Santorini is the last of the Cyclades islands to the South. The closests islands are Ios, Folegandros, Sikinos to the North, Anafi and Amorgos to the East and Crete to the South.
Generally referred to it as a single island, Santorini is actually a series of five islands. Santorini (Thira) is the main island and around it Thirasia and Aspronisi (parts of the ancient Stroggili) and the two volcanic islands Palea Kameni and Nea Kameni.
Until about 1645 BC, Santorini was one island named Stroggili (circle in Greek), until the volcano in the middle of the island erupted and Caldera was created. The two volcanic islands appeared much later from various eruptions starting from 157 BC until the last one in the 20th century (1950).
Jules Verne made Santorini famous with his books ""Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea"" and ""The Mysterious Island"" where captain Nemo and his crew watch the volcano erupt. He was one of the visitors and scientists that came to Thira during the eruptions of 1866 - 1870 and wrote the now famous novel soon after. It really is a mysterious island! The volcano dominates the area, and the caldera view is the most breathtaking one on the planet.
The Santorini Caldera view is famed for the 85-meter cliffs that many of the island's villages are built on top of, offering sea views for miles out. The cliff is the wall of a submerged volcano crater caused by the cataclysmic eruption of the volcano around 3000 BC. In addition to creating the best views of the Aegean Sea for present day visitors to enjoy, this eruption caused the demise of the Minoan civilization.
Steeped in history, Santorini has plenty of archaeological sites to visit, including the ruins of Ancient Thira, Akrotiri and the Venetian fortress at Pirgos.
Santorini also offers unique accommodation, inspired by the distinct Santorinian-style, and on the south side of the island there are stunning beaches with plenty of beach sports and activities available. On the highest peak of Santorini is the monastery of the Prophet Elijah (Profitis Ilias), where there is a picturesque religious feast on 20th July each year.
Why complete a TEFL course in Santorini?Sailing excursions to the volcano island with its semi active crater. Sunset sailing excursions around the island to see the caldera face from the sea. SCUBA and beach sports in Perissa. Romantic meals in the charming village of Oia watching the sunset. The Nautical Museum in Oia. A visit to the Minoan village of Akrotiri, preserved Pompeii-style. The New Museum of Fira exhibits frescoes from Akrotiri. The Old Historical Museum in Fira, with finds from Santorini and the Greek Hellenic Period. Boutaris Winemakers, in Megalohori, for wine tasting and a multimedia history of the island. Santorini is one of Patricia Shultz’s 1,000 Places to See Before You Die (page 172 – 173). Oia is described as the most beautiful settlement in the Mediterranean, and the poet Elytis is quoted describing the Caldera as a volcano you can drink. Ferry trips take you to the other Cyclades islands, including Mykonos and Delos, also among Shultz’s 1,000 Places to See Before You Die.