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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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 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...
 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...
 Zorbas Hotel Santorini
Located in Pyrgos, 1148 feet from the caldera, Zorbas Hotel Santorini offers elegant, cycladic-style rooms with free WiFi. more...
 View Hotel by Secret
View Hotel by Secret is located in Foinikiá and features a bar and a terrace. Among the facilities of this property are a restaurant, a 24-hour front desk and room service, along with free WiFi. more...
 Abelonas Village
Located in Megalochori village, just 984 feet from Caldera Cliffs, Abelonas Village features an outdoor swimming pool, a plunge pool with hydromassage facilities and a pool bar. more...
 Mellow Luxury Cave
Located in Foinikiá, Mellow Luxury Cave has a garden, shared lounge and free WiFi. The hotel features a hot tub and a shared kitchen. more...
 White Harmony Suites
Located in Megalochori, 2.9 miles from Santorini Port, White Harmony Suites provides accommodations with free WiFi, air conditioning and access to a garden with a terrace. more...
 Lava Caves
Offering an outdoor, cave-style hot tub, Lava Caves is located 2.6 mi from Cape Columbo Beach in Oia. It features a traditionally built holiday home with a patio and panoramic Aegean Sea views. more...
 Caldera Butterfly Villas
Perched on the cliffs of the caldera, one mile from Fira, Caldera Butterfly Villas offers kitchenette accommodations with spectacular views of the volcano and the Aegean Sea. more...
 Anamar Santorini
Featuring a seasonal outdoor pool, Anamar Santorini is located on the quiet area of Monolithos in Santorini. more...
 Andromeda Villas & Spa Resort
The elegant Andromeda Villas & Spa Resort are located in scenic Imerovigli, 984 feet above the dramatic Caldera. more...
 Alta Vista Suites
Featuring a pool and a sun terrace with panoramic views over the Caldera and the Aegean Sea, the Cycladic-style Alta Vista Suites is centrally located in Imerovigli Village of Santorini. 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...
 Kastro Oia Houses
Located in the scenic Oia, Kastro Oia Houses offers cave suites with spacious terraces and hot tubs overlooking the Aegean Sea. more...
 Santa Rinoula Suites
Located 2.5 miles from Santorini Port, Santa Rinoula Suites offers a garden, a terrace and air-conditioned accommodations with a balcony and free WiFi. more...




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