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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 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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 Kastro Oia Houses Kastro Oia Houses     
Kastro Oia Houses Oia
Kastro Oia Houses is located in Oía, just 4.3 miles from Fira. The property is air conditioned and features a spa tub. Kamari is 8 miles from the property. All units feature a satellite flat-screen more...
 Kima Villas Suites Kima Villas Suites     
Kima Villas Suites Oia
Located in Oía, 4 miles from Fira, Kima Villas Suites features an outdoor pool and views of the sea. Kamari is 8 miles from the property. more...
 Homeric Poems Homeric Poems     
Homeric Poems Firostefani
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...
 Nostos Apartments Nostos Apartments     
Nostos Apartments Oia
In Oia, these Santorini Apartments feature local character, hand-crafted furniture and private porches overlooking the volcano and the sea. more...
 Kamares Apartments Kamares Apartments     
Kamares Apartments Fira
Featuring free WiFi and air conditioning, Kamares Apartments is located in Fira, just 5 miles from Oía. Kamari is 3.8 miles away. Free private parking is available on site. more...
 Thea Apartments Thea Apartments     
Thea Apartments Imerovigli
Located in Imerovíglion in the region of Santoríni, 3.2 miles from Oía, Thea Apartments features a seasonal outdoor pool and hot tub. Fira is 1.1 miles away. more...
 Strogili Strogili     
Strogili Oia
Showcasing a seasonal outdoor pool and views of the sea, Strogili is located in Oía in the region of Santoríni. Fira is 3.9 miles away. All units are air conditioned and feature a satellite TV. more...
 Avista Suites Avista Suites     
Avista Suites Imerovigli
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...
 Gabbiano Apartments Gabbiano Apartments     
Gabbiano Apartments Oia
Set on a natural volcanic cliff, Gabbiano Appartments are located near the entrance of Oias?s village. more...
 Rimida Villas Rimida Villas     
Rimida Villas Oia
Showcasing a sun terrace and hot tub, Rimida Villas is located in Oía. The property features a hot tub. Fira is 3.8 miles away. more...
 Aethrio Aethrio     
Aethrio Oia
Ideally located in the heart of Oia, Aethrio Hotel features spacious rooms and apartments with sunset views. more...
 Evilio Houses Evilio Houses     
Evilio Houses Oia
Evilio Houses offers accommodations in Oía. Fira is 4.3 miles from the property. The property is air conditioned and features a flat-screen TV. Some units include a dining area and/or terrace. more...
 Annio Flats Annio Flats     
Annio Flats Imerovigli
Cycladic style Annio Flats is in Imerovigli at the highest point of the Caldera. It offers apartments with stunning views of the Aegean Sea, Skaros Castle and the Santorini volcano. more...
 Kafieris Blue Studios Kafieris Blue Studios     
Kafieris Blue Studios Firostefani
Featuring a pool and a hot tub perched on the cliffs of the Caldera, Kafieris Blue Studios is in Firostefani, just over a quarter mile from Fira. more...
 White Pearl Villas White Pearl Villas     
White Pearl Villas Oia
White Pearl Villas offers accommodations in Oía. The property is air conditioned and is fitted with a hot tub. Fira is 4 miles away. The accommodation is equipped with a flat-screen TV and CD player. more...

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