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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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 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...
 Kamares Apartments - Adults Only
Kamares Apartments - Adults Only, Fira
The Cycladic-style Kamares Apartments offers elegant apartments with views over the Caldera, the volcano and the sunset. They are located in the breathtaking cliff of Fira, in Santorini. more...
 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...
 Sophia Finikia Villa
Sophia Finikia Villa, Foinikiá
Located in Foinikiá, Sophia Finikia Villa provides air-conditioned accommodations with a patio and free WiFi. This villa has a terrace. The villa comes with a satellite TV and a living room. more...
 Enalion White Suites Oia
Enalion White Suites Oia, Oia
Featuring free WiFi throughout the property, Enalion White Suites Oia is located in Oía, 2.4 mi from Cape Columbo Beach. Naval Museum of Oia is 1640 feet from the property. more...
 Chrisanthi Villa
Chrisanthi Villa, Pirgos
Featuring panoramic mountain views from the rooftop terrace, Chrisanthi Villa is a villa located in Pyrgos, just 1.6 mi from the port and 2.5 mi from Kamari beach. more...
 Gabbiano Apartments
Gabbiano Apartments, Oia
Set on a natural volcanic cliff, Gabbiano Appartments are located near the entrance of Oias’s village. more...
 Phos The Boutique
Phos The Boutique, Akrotiri
Phōs the Boutique is a 5-star luxury hotel, perched on the edge of the Caldera in Akrotiri offering unobstructed Caldera views. more...
 Ammos Oia Mansion
Ammos Oia Mansion, Oia
Featuiring Caldera views, Ammos Oia Mansion offers accommodations with free WiFi and air conditioning in Oía. The villa features sea views and is 0.9 mi from Ammoudi Bay. 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...
 Aesthesis Boutique Villas
Aesthesis Boutique Villas, Firostefani
Located in Firostefani, Aesthesis Boutique Villas offers accommodations with a patio and kitchen. Free WiFi is available. more...
 Kalisti Hotel & Suites
Kalisti Hotel & Suites, Fira
Conveniently located in the heart of Fira Town, just yards from the Caldera, the Cycladic-style Kalisti Hotel & Suites features modern facilities with deluxe services. more...
 Iriana Apartments
Iriana Apartments, Fira
Located in Fira, Iriana Apartments features air-conditioned rooms with free Wi-Fi. It offers spectacular views over the caldera and the volcano, while the main square is a 2-minute walk away. more...
 Filotera Suites
Filotera Suites, Oia
Offering an outdoor pool and a hot tub, the traditionally built Filotera Suites are in Oia Village. They feature elegantly decorated accommodations with views of the Aegean Sea and the caldera. 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...




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