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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...
 Fira Blue House
Fira Blue House, Fira
Located 4.5 miles from Oia and 3.9 miles from Kamari, Fira Blue House offers accommodations in Fira. Fira Blue House features views of the sea and is 23 miles from Ios Chora. 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...
 Mythique Villas & Suites
Mythique Villas & Suites, Oia
Mythique Villas offers elegant, Cycladic-style accommodation in Oia. Each villa includes a private pool. The beaches of Ammoudi and Armeni are just 1 km away. 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...
 Kamares Apartments
Kamares Apartments, Fira
The Cycladic-style Kamares Apartments offers elegant apartments with views over the Caldera, the volcano and the sunset. They are situated in the breathtaking cliff of Fira, in Santorini. more...
 Strogili
Strogili, Oia
Enjoying spectacular views over the volcano and the Aegean Sea, Strogili offers traditional accommodation with charming furnished verandas, in Oia village. more...
 Homeric Poems
Homeric Poems, Firostefani
Built on the cliff of Firostefani, Homeric Poems is an awarded hotel offering luxurious accommodation. Its boutique rooms, as well as the hotel swimming pool, enjoy spectacular views of the caldera. more...
 Aeifos
Aeifos, Oia
Offering panoramic views of the Aegean Sea and Caldera, Aeifos is located in the scenic village of Oia, just 5 metres from the famous castle. more...
 Evilio Houses
Evilio Houses, Oia
Located in the heart of Oia Village, the traditionally built Evilio Houses offers self-catering accommodation with unobstructed views over the Aegean Sea. Free WiFi access is available throughout. more...
 Aethrio
Aethrio, Oia
Ideally located in the heart of Oia, Aethrio Hotel features spacious rooms and apartments with sunset views. more...
 Dreamland Ηouses
Dreamland Ηouses, Oia
Located in Oia, just 100 metres from the Santorini Caldera, Dreamland Houses offers apartments with views of the sea and sunset. more...
 Delta Suites
Delta Suites, Oia
Delta Suites offers accommodations in Oia. The property features a hot tub. Fira is 4.3 miles away. The accommodation features a satellite flat-screen TV. more...
 iSuites
iSuites, Fira
Offering villas with a private pool, iSuites is set in Fira, 500 metres from Archaeological Museum of Thera. Megaro Gyzi is 500 metres from the property. WiFi is offered throughout. more...
 Galaxy Suites & Villas
Galaxy Suites & Villas, Imerovigli
With a privileged position, on the crest of Santorini's caldera, Galaxy offers 2 outdoor pools overlooking the Aegean Sea, and accommodation with a hot tub or private pool. more...




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