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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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 Santorini Villas
Located in Vourvoulos village, Santorini Villas "Traditional House" features self-catering accommodations with a seasonal, outdoor pool and views of the Aegean Sea. more...
 Angel Studios Jasmine Collection
Angel Studios Jasmine Collection is located just a 10-minute walk from Fira’s center. It features an outdoor swimming pool. The closest bus station Zotos-Karterados is only two steps away. more...
 Infinity Suites & Dana Villas
Located in a peaceful area outside Fira’s center, Dana Villas offer views of the volcano and the famous Santorini sunset. The elegant rooms are decorated in the traditional Cycladic style. more...
 View Hotel by Secret
Featuring a seasonal outdoor swimming pool, bar and views of pool, View Hotel by Secret is located in Oia, 2.4 miles from Cape Columbo Beach. more...
 Karat Suites
Located in Vóthon, 3.3 miles from Kamari, Karat Suites has a seasonal outdoor swimming pool and free WiFi. more...
 BlackStone Luxury Suites
Set in Emporio Santorini, 0.7 mi from Perissa Black Beach, BlackStone Luxury Suites offers privacy, a garden and free WiFi. more...
 Santorini Traditional Suites
Featuring an outdoor pool and sun terrace, Santorini Traditional Suites offers pet-friendly accommodations in the traditional village of Vothonas. more...
 Fava Eco Suites
Located at the highest point of the traditional village of Finikia, Fava Eco Residences offers self catering accommodations in Santorini. more...
 White Harmony Suites
Located in Megalochori, a 12-minute walk from Thermes Beach and 2.9 miles from Santorini Port, White Harmony Suites provides accommodations with free WiFi, air conditioning, a garden and a terrace. more...
 Homeric Poems
Built on the cliff of Firostefani, Homeric Poems is an awarded hotel offering luxurious accommodations. Its boutique rooms, as well as the hotel swimming pool, enjoy spectacular views of the caldera. more...
 Villa Irini Studios
Located 148 feet from Kamari Beach and 2.5 mi from Santorini Airport, the family-run Villa Irini offers studios with flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi. An outdoor pool provides relaxation. more...
 Elements of Caldera Suites
Blending traditional architecture with modern touches, Elements of Caldera Suites is set in Akrotiri. The hotel features 12 suites, each with Caldera and sea views. more...
 Alti Santorini Suites
Enjoying panoramic views over the Caldera and the Aegean Sea, Alti Santorini Suites offers minimal-style suites with outdoor and individual, heated plunge pools with hydromassage facilities. more...
 Arlene Boutique
Boasting an outdoor pool with sunbeds and umbrellas, the Cycladic-style Villa Arlene Boutique is located in Messaria Village. more...
 Mesana Stone Houses
Perched on a hill with mountain and Aegean Sea views, in the scenic Emporio Village, Mesana Stone Houses is a complex of traditionally built, stone houses with terrace. more...
 Aeon Suites - Adults Only
Located in the picturesque village of Pyrgos, in the center of Santorini, Eon Suites is perched on the cliff just below the medieval castle. Free WiFi is available throughout the property. more...
 Archipel Mansion
Centrally located in Fira, the neoclassical Archipel is housed in an old mansion and features spacious, furnished terraces with an outdoor hot tub and panoramic Caldera views. more...
 Fertimo Suites
Fertimo Suites offers accommodations in the heart of the traditional Exo Gonia Village in Santorini, on a picturesque pedestrian alley. more...
 Esperas
Perched on a cliff, opposite the volcano and the islets, Esperas in Oia features a carved-into-the-rock pool, and offers accommodations with unrivaled views of the Aegean Sea. more...
 Roubeti Village
Featuring 2 outdoor pools with sun terrace overlooking Pyrgos and Fira, the traditionally built Roubeti Village is located in Mesaria. more...
 Altera Pars Suites
Located in Mesaria, Altera Pars Suites offers uniquely decorated suites with outdoor private plunge pools or hot tubs and free WiFi. The property features a fully furnished terrace and garden. more...
 Atalos Suites
In a courtyard with bougainvilleas, just a 5-minute walk from the black-sand beach of Kamari, Atalos Apartments & Suites features a pool. The suites offer free WiFi. more...
 Three Harites
Less than 328 feet from the famous Black Beach in Perissa, this elegant studio complex offers free public Wi-Fi, and a pool with sun-lounger terrace. All units are air-conditioned and self-catered. more...
 Zorbas Hotel Santorini
Located in Pyrgos, 1148 feet from the caldera, Zorbas Hotel Santorini offers elegant, cycladic-style rooms with free WiFi. more...
 Nectarios Villa - Studios & Suites
Located in the picturesque town of Fira, the family-run Nectarios Villa offers traditional self-catering accommodations with free Wi-Fi access. more...




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