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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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 Kastro Oia Houses
Kastro Oia Houses, Oia
Located in the scenic Oia, Kastro Oia Houses offers cave suites with spacious terraces and hot tubs overlooking the Aegean Sea. more...
 Felicity Luxury Villas
Felicity Luxury Villas, Kamari
Featuring a 60-square yard swimming pool with a sun terrace and sunbeds, Felicity Villas Santorini is located just 984 feet from Kamari Beach and offers views over the Aegean Sea. more...
 Eden Villas Santorini
Eden Villas Santorini, Imerovigli
Perched on Caldera Cliff in Imerovigli, Eden Villas Santorini offers elegantly decorated villas, each with views over the Caldera and a terrace with open-air hot tub. more...
 Lilium Santorini Villa
Lilium Santorini Villa, Fira
Located 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...
 Sophia Boutique Hotel
Sophia Boutique Hotel, Oia
Set in Finikia, within 0.8 mi of the pedestrian promenade of Oia, Sophia Boutique Hotel offers accommodations with an outdoor swimming pool and luggage storage space. more...
 Aqua & Terra Traditional Cave Houses
Aqua & Terra Traditional Cave Houses, Oia
Aqua & Terra Traditional Houses offers peaceful, beautifully renovated traditional houses in Oia. Guests enjoy views over the Aegean Sea and the Caldera from their private or shared verandas. 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...
 Kima Villas Suites
Kima Villas Suites, Oia
Swimming in the outdoor pool and enjoying the view of the volcano is just another day at Kima Villas Suites in Oia. All suites have a private balcony and free Wi-Fi. more...
 Santorini's Balcony Art Houses
Santorini's Balcony Art Houses, Imerovigli
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...
 Galaxy Suites & Villas
Galaxy Suites & Villas, Imerovigli
With a privileged position, on the crest of Santorini's caldera, Galaxy Suites & Villas features an infinity pool with stunning views over the Caldera, a poolside lounge area with cabanas, and a more...
 Rimida Villas
Rimida Villas, Oia
Rimida Villas is a group of self-contained traditional dwellings, located in the picturesque area of Perivolas, on the outskirts of Oia. more...
 Fira Blue House
Fira Blue House, Fira
Offering free WiFi and sea views, Fira Blue House is a property located in Fira, just 400 yards from Archaeological Museum of Thera and a 2-minute walk from Central Bus Station. more...
 Mythique Villas & Suites
Mythique Villas & Suites, Oia
Mythique Villas offers elegant, Cycladic-style accommodations in Oia. Each villa includes a private pool. The beaches of Ammoudi and Armeni are just 0.6 mi away. more...
 Annio Flats
Annio Flats, Imerovigli
Cycladic-style Annio Flats is located in Imerovigli at the highest point of the Caldera. more...
 Delta Suites
Delta Suites, Oia
Located in Oia, 2.7 miles from Cape Columbo Beach and a 1-minute walk from Naval Museum of Oia, Delta Suites has accommodations with free WiFi and access to a hot tub. more...




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