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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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270 Oias View offers accommodations in Oía. Fira is 3.5 miles away. Free private parking is available on site. All units feature a satellite flat-screen TV. more...
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Imerovigli ? Show on map
Featuring free WiFi and air conditioning, Avista Suites is located in Imerovíglion, just 3.3 miles from Oía. The property features a spa tub and a hot tub. Fira is one mile from the property. more...
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Alta Mare by Andronis is in Oia. Features include a semi-covered swimming pool and an open-air cafe. All the suites are perched on the cliff overlooking the famous volcano, the Caldera and the sea. more...
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This elegant hotel is majestically situated on a cliff, providing magnificent sea views in Fira, the capital of Santorini. more...
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Ideally located in the heart of Oia, Aethrio Hotel features spacious rooms and apartments with sunset views. more...
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Cosmoia Cave House is an apartment with a balcony, set in Oía, within just a 5-minute walk of Cape Columbo Beach and Naval Museum of Oia. Free WiFi is provided. more...
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Aria Suites is an elite boutique hotel, providing guests a combination of private luxurious accommodations with central location, at Fira, in Santorini. more...
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Firostefani ? Show on map
Featuring free WiFi and air conditioning, Homeric Poems is located in Firostefani, just 4 miles from Oía. Fira is 547 yards away. All units feature a flat-screen TV. more...
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Featuiring Caldera views, Ammos Oia Mansion offers accommodation with free WiFi and air conditioning in Oía. The villa features sea views and is 1.5 km from Ammoudi Bay. more...
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Imerovigli ? Show on map
At the highest point of the Caldera, Dreams Luxury Suites offer a combination of privacy, elegance and breathtaking views overlooking Santorini, the Aegean Sea and the beautiful sunset. more...
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This family run hotel is ideally situated only 165 yards from the beach, and 165 yards from the center of town, in the picturesque coastal village Kamari. more...
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Panorama Boutique Hotel is perched at the top of the caldera in Fira. All of its rooms offer unobstructed views of the sparkling Aegean and the famous Santorini sunset and volcanic isles. more...
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On a hill in Oia village, Charisma Suites has an outdoor pool, a snack bar and Cycladic-style accommodations overlooking the Caldera and the Aegean Sea from their terrace. more...
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Showcasing an outdoor pool, seasonal outdoor pool and playground, Evgenia Villas & Suites is located in Fira in the region of Santoríni, just 4.3 miles from Oía. more...
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Located in Megalokhórion, 6 miles from Oía, Ananda Retreat features a seasonal outdoor pool and views of the sea. Fira is 2.6 miles from the property. more...

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