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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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Fira ? Show on map
Featuring air conditioning, Cori Rigas Suites offers accommodations in Fira. Oía is 4.4 miles from the property. All units include a flat-screen TV. more...
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Fira ? Show on map
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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Asteras Villas is in the town of Fira, at the top of the majestic caldera cliffs, looking down towards the endless Aegean Sea and just a few steps away from the main pebbled street in Fira, the more...
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Akrotiri ? Show on map
Featuring free WiFi and air conditioning, Sigal Villa is located in Akrotírion, just 7 miles from Oía. Fira is 5 miles away. All units feature a sitting area. more...
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Firostefani ? Show on map
Renovated and refurbished, Cliff Side Suites, overlooking the most famous sunset spot on the Aegean Sea, offers 4-star facilities only 1700 ft from the center of the town of Fira . more...
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Kamari ? Show on map – Beach Nearby
Showcasing an outdoor pool and sun terrace, Santellini Hotel is located in Kamari, just 8 miles from Oía. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar. more...
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Fira ? Show on map
Located in Fira, 6 miles from Oía, Volcano View by Caldera Collection features a restaurant and free WiFi throughout the property. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar. more...
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Oía ? Show on map
Perched on the cliffs of Oia, 100 yards above the blue waters of the Aegean, Katikies Hotel offers a rooftop restaurant. Its infinity pools enjoy sweeping views of the Caldera. more...
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Kamari ? Show on map
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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Fira ? Show on map
Located in the Fira City Centre neighborhood in Fira, 4.2 miles from Oía, Mythical Blue Santorini features air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi throughout the property. more...
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Senses Luxury Houses offers accommodations in Fira, just 5 miles from Oía. The villa is fitted with air conditioning and free WiFi. Free private parking is available on site. 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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Monólithos ? Show on map
Located in Monólithos in the region of Santoríni, 7 miles from Oía, Monolithia features an outdoor pool and views of the sea. Fira is 3.2 miles from the property. more...
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Vourvoúlos ? Show on map
Showcasing a barbecue and views of the sea, Old Vourvoulos Houses is located in Vourvoúlos. Oía is 3.8 miles away. All units are air conditioned and have a flat-screen TV. more...
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Imerovigli ? Show on map
The Vasilicos is located in Imerovíglion, 3.7 miles from Oía and 0.7 miles from Fira. The hotel has an outdoor pool and year-round outdoor pool, and guests can enjoy a meal at the restaurant. more...

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