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Santorini is one of the most ruggedly beautiful and dramatic places on earth. Santorini , also known as Thira , is the southern most of the Cyclades islands and one of the most popular destinations in all of Greece , for good reason. The most important advice I can give anyone traveling to Santorini is to arrive by boat before sunset and stay on the caldera side of the island for one of the most magnificent and awe-inspiring views on the planet.

The magical island of Santorini is truly one of Greece's "must-sees", right along with the Acropolis. Santorini's wild majesty created out of the apocalyptic event associated with mythical Atlantis , is unforgettable. The sunsets, seen while sipping local wine high atop the sheer cliffs is very romantic, and Oia is the place to head for "the" spot to see it. Santorini is a crescent shape surrounding the black volcanic islands lying in the bay. What was once the island of Thira sank to the bottom of the caldera in the apocalyptic explosion in 1450 BC .

The lagoon-like caldera measures 32 square miles and is 300 to 400 metres deep. In the center are Palea Kameni and Nea Kameni. On the western side where the volcano is located, the sheer cliffs, 300 metres high, are multi-coloured strata of black, red, grey, and brown. Perched high atop are the scenes most often adorning a poster for Greece, startling white sugar cube houses and churches with brilliant blue domes set against the deeper blues of the sky and the Aegean Sea. The capital of the island is Fira , and it is a lively tourist area and a stop for most cruise ships .

If you want to stay just outside of Fira, consider Firostefani or Imerovigli , with the same magnificent views. On the caldera to the south is where we send our friends...to the quieter and romantic Oia. There are interesting and charming towns in the centre of the island that are well worth exploring. The tallest mountain is Profitis Ilias, with a summit only 556 metres above sea level. While you're there, don't miss the live dig at fascinating Akrotiri , and for the culture buff you can also visit the ruins at Ancient Thira. The eastern side of Santorini is a sharp contrast where flat areas meet the beach. The land is flat and fertile. Kamari and Perissa are black sand and pebble beaches with crystal clear waters and a lively entertainment scene.


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 May Seven Suites - Adults Only May Seven Suites - Adults Only     
Megalochori
May Seven Suites - Adults Only is located in Megalokhórion, just 0.4 miles from Santorini Port. Free private parking is available on site. more...
 Aperto Suites - Adults Only Aperto Suites - Adults Only     
Fira
Perched on Caldera cliff, in the heart of Fira Town, Aperto Suites - Adults Only offers minimally decorated suites with hot tub or spa bath, and views over the Aegean Sea and the volcano. more...
 The Vasilicos The Vasilicos     
Imerovigli
Offering an outdoor heated pool and a restaurant, the traditionally built The Vasilicos is located in the village of Imerovigli, right on the Caldera, on the island of Santorini. more...
 Secret Legend Suites Secret Legend Suites     
Oía
Secret Legend Suites is located in Oía, 2.6 miles from Cape Columbo Beach and 219 yards from Naval Museum of Oia. Each room at this hotel is air conditioned and is fitted with a flat-screen TV. more...
 Andronis Concept Wellness Resort Andronis Concept Wellness Resort     
Imerovigli
Andronis Concept Wellness Resort is located in Imerovíglion, just 0.9 miles from Skaros. The resort has a seasonal outdoor pool and spa center, and guests can enjoy a meal at the restaurant. more...
 Ducato Di Oia Ducato Di Oia     
Oía
Situated on the cliffs of Oia, Ducato Di Oia boasts magnificent Aegean Sea and volcano views. ?ost rooms feature a private indoor or outdoor heated plunge pool. more...
 Vacation Home  Caipirinha Residence Vacation Home Caipirinha Residence     
Imerovigli
Featuring a terrace, Caipirinha Residence is a vacation home, located in Imerovíglion. The property is 0.6 miles from Skaros and features views of the sea. more...
 Villas  Poseidon Mansion Sunset Villas Poseidon Mansion Sunset     
Oía
Located in Oia Village, Poseidon Mansion Sunset offers a hot tub. It features a fully equipped and tastefully decorated unit with free WiFi access and views of the Aegean Sea and the caldera. more...
 Santorini's Balcony Art Houses Santorini's Balcony Art Houses     
Imerovigli
Santorini's Balcony is nestled on the famous Caldera in Imerovigli. It features an outdoor pool, a bar and a sunbathing terrace with views of the Aegean Sea and the sunset. more...
 Ambassador Santorini Luxury Villas & Suites Ambassador Santorini Luxury Villas & Suites     
Akrotiri
Enjoying panoramic views of the volcano and the Aegean Sea, the 5-star Ambassador Santorini Luxury Villas & Suites features elegant accommodations, each with a private pool. more...
 Lilium Santorini Villa Lilium Santorini Villa     
Fira
Situated along the rim of the Caldera, Lilium Villa offers a pool with hydromassage facilities. Rooms overlook the Aegean Sea and the volcano, and Wi-Fi is complimentary in the entire hotel. more...
 Apartments  Vallais Villa Apartments Vallais Villa     
Imerovigli
Vallais Villa is situated in Imerovigli, providing charming studios with private balconies offering panoramic sea and caldera views. The complex consists of traditionally furnished apartments. more...
 Langas Villas Langas Villas     
Imerovigli
Featuring a rooftop terrace with a pool and lounge chairs, the Langas Villas offers far-reaching views of the caldera, neighboring islands and sunset. more...
 Condo Hotel  Homeric Poems Condo Hotel Homeric Poems     
Firostefani
Built on the cliff of Firostefani, Homeric Poems is an awarded hotel offering luxurious accommodation. Its boutique rooms, as well as the hotel swimming pool, enjoy spectacular views of the caldera. more...
 Amity Suites - Adults Only Amity Suites - Adults Only     
Fira
Offering an outdoor pool with panoramic views of the sea, Amity Suites - Adults Only is located in Fira. Free WiFi is available throughout. more...

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