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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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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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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...
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Exclusively stylish and romantic, Absolute Bliss is placed on the highest point of the black volcanic rock of Santorini, with breathtaking Caldera views. more...
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Enjoying spectacular views over the volcano and the Aegean Sea, Strogili offers traditional accommodation with charming furnished verandas, in Oia village. more...
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Located in Oía, 1.6 miles from Cape Columbo Beach, Aperanto Suites features free WiFi access and free private parking. more...
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Perched on the cliff of the caldera in Firostefani Village, the Cycladic-style Agali Houses features a swimming pool and a furnished terrace with panoramic views of the sea and the volcano. more...
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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...
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Gold Suites is situated in Imerovigli, right on the cliff of the Caldera. It has uninterrupted views of the volcanic crater and offers modern accommodations with traditional Cycladic elements. more...
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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...
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With a privileged position, on the crest of Santorini's caldera, Galaxy offers 2 outdoor pools overlooking the Aegean Sea, and accommodation with a hot tub or private pool. more...
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Standing on a hilltop with beautiful views of the Aegean and volcano caldera, Belvedere Hotel is quietly located at Fira, yet within walking distance from its shops, museums and nightlife. more...
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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...
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Perched on Caldera Cliff and in the center of the traditional Oia Village, the Oia Mare Villas overlooks the Aegean Sea, the Caldera and Thirasia Island. more...
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With a magnificent view over the sea and the volcano, within a 10 minutes' walk from the centre of Fira, Chic Hotel Santorini offers charming accommodation with kitchenette, fridge, air condition, and more...
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Nestled upon a rock in Fira Town, the Cycladic-style Athina Luxury Suites feature a swimming pool and a sun terrace with panoramic views of the Caldera and the volcano. more...

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