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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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 White Harmony Suites
White Harmony Suites, Megalochori
Located in Megalochori, 2.9 miles from Santorini Port, White Harmony Suites provides free WiFi and sea views. All units feature air conditioning and a flat-screen TV. more...
 Santorini Villas
Santorini Villas, Vourvoulos
Located in Vourvoulos village, Santorini Villas "Traditional House" features self-catering accommodations with a seasonal, outdoor pool and views of the Aegean Sea. more...
 Anema Residence
Anema Residence, Vourvoulos
Anema Residence offers elegant, self-catering villas with private, plunge pools and furnished terraces surrounded by a 6,000-m² plot of herbs and vegetables. more...
 Infinity Suites - Dana Villas & Suites
Infinity Suites - Dana Villas & Suites, Firostefani
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...
 May Seven Suites - Adults Only
May Seven Suites - Adults Only, Megalochori
2.5 miles from Santorini Port, May Seven Suites - Adults Only is located in Megalochori and has air-conditioned rooms. All rooms feature a flat-screen TV with satellite channels and a private more...
 Remvi Suites
Remvi Suites, Firostefani
Located in Firostefani, one of the most beautiful spots of the famous Santorini cliffs, Remvi Suites offers panoramic views to the volcano, the caldera and the Aegean Sea. more...
 Babis Hotel
Babis Hotel, Karterados
Located in scenic Karterados, in Santorini, family-run Babis Hotel features a pool and free airport or port transfer. The hotel offers breakfast and free WiFi. more...
 Skyfall Suites - Adults Only
Skyfall Suites - Adults Only, Pyrgos
Located in the scenic village of Pyrgos Kallistis, Skyfall Suites offers Cycladic-style accommodations with private pools or outdoor hot tubs. more...
 Alisaxni Resort
Alisaxni Resort, Akrotiri
Featuring a swimming pool with a hot tub, and boasting panoramic views of the Caldera and sunset, Alisaxni Resort is a located in Faros of Akrotiri area in Santorini. more...
 Andromeda Villas & Spa Resort
Andromeda Villas & Spa Resort, Imerovigli
The elegant Andromeda Villas & Spa Resort are located in scenic Imerovigli, 984 feet above the dramatic Caldera. more...
 Aethrio
Aethrio, Oia
Ideally located in the heart of Oia, Aethrio Hotel features spacious rooms and apartments with sunset views. more...
 Alti Santorini Suites
Alti Santorini Suites, Megalochori
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...
 Zorbas Hotel Santorini
Zorbas Hotel Santorini, Pyrgos
Located in Pyrgos, 1148 feet from the caldera, Zorbas Hotel Santorini offers elegant, cycladic-style rooms with free WiFi. more...
 Anemoessa Villa
Anemoessa Villa, Oia
Anemoessa Villa is only 0.6 mi from Oia’s center. It offers rooms with free Wi-Fi, homemade breakfast and panoramic views over the Aegean Sea. more...
 Alta Vista Suites
Alta Vista Suites, Firostefani
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...




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