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Santorini enjoys a surface area of more than 75 square kilometers, with the longest drive from Akrotiri to Oia at around 25km. Because of this, most visitors find that a Santorini car rental is the best choice for getting around the island as it will allow you to easily move from one spot to another and explore every inch of Santorini. There are bus services around the island but they can only take you to the main villages so you are going to miss out on a lot of the hidden gems that Santorini has, like seaside taverns and secluded beaches. There are also bike rentals available but while they will allow you to get to more secluded parts of the island, they are not ideal for longer travels in the island.
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With a car, you'll be able to get to know in depth the small but flourishing wine industry in the island that thrives on Assyrtiko, an indigenous grape variety, and the Aidani and Athiri, two other Aegean varieties. The island is particularly proud of the sweet and strong Vinsanto, a type of dessert wine that is made from sun-dried Assyrtiko, Aidani, and Athiri and aged in barrels for up to 25 years. The result is a sweet, dark amber to orange dessert wine that is citrusy in taste with overtones of tea, honey, figs, raisins, and nuts. There are also white wines in the island and they are characteristically extremely dry with strong, citrusy scents and iodide salt and mineral aromas as contributed by the island's ashy volcanic soil. A lot of tourist activity is also seen on the island due to the historic sites in Santorini and the island's beautiful spot on the Aegean Sea. In fact, Santorini was recognized as the best island in the world by BBC in 2011. Getting a car rental will surely allow you to make the most out of your visit to the island.
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