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Santorini

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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 Dana Villas & Infinity Suites
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...
 La Perla Villas and Suites - Adults Only
La Perla Villas and Suites - Adults Only is a cluster of cave houses in the heart of the Caldera, in Oia, offering panoramic views of the seas and the Oia coastline. more...
 Nikki Beach Resort & Spa Santorini
The 5-star Nikki Beach Resort & Spa Santorini is set on the beachfront in Agia Paraskeyi, 3.1 mi from Archaeological Museum of Thera. more...
 Santo Miramare Beach Resort
This seaside resort is right on the famous cosmopolitan beach of Perivolos on the southeast side of Santorini. more...
 Exclusive Plan Suites
Featuring Caldera views, Exclusive Plan Suites is located in Firostefani, 2.2 mi from the Volcano and offers apartments with a private balcony or terrace featuring a hot tub and viewing the sea. more...
 Maison Des Lys - Luxury Suites
Overlooking the Aegean Sea and the volcanic rocks of Santorini, Maison Des Lys provides a pool and restaurant. It features elegant suites with free Wi-Fi and balcony or terrace. more...
 Santorini Kastelli Resort
Santorini Kastelli Resort is in a secluded location just a 2 minute walk from the beach of Kamari. more...
 Kasimatis by La Perla
Kasimatis by La Perla, built in accordance with the Cycladic style, enjoy a privileged location at the top of Imerovigli with breathtaking views of the Blue Aegean Sea and the volcanic island of more...
 Alti Santorini Suites
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...
 Costa Grand Resort & Spa
Perfectly located right on the cosmopolitan black sandy beach of Kamari, Costa Grand Resort & Spa offers luxury accommodation with a private beach area.The property offers sun beds and umbrellas a few more...
 Skyfall Suites - Adults Only
Located in the scenic village of Pyrgos Kallistis, Skyfall Suites offers Cycladic-style accommodations with private pools or outdoor hot tubs. more...
 Athermi Suites - Adults Only
Boasting Aegean Sea and Caldera views from their furnished balcony, Athermi offers luxurious suites in Megalochori of Santorini. It features a pool with a sun terrace and a poolside snack bar. more...
 Epavlis Hotel & Spa
In a prime location overlooking Kamari bay, this luxurious hotel features 2 pools including a heated one, and rooms with beautiful views of the bay. more...
 marvarit suites
Located in Mesaria, within a 12-minute walk of Monolithos Beach and 0.7 miles of Karterados Beach, marvarit suites has accommodations with a shared lounge and free WiFi throughout the property as well more...
 Marizan Caves & Villas
Located 4 miles from Cape Columbo Beach, Marizan Caves & Villas offers a garden, a bar and air-conditioned accommodations with a patio and free WiFi. more...
 Andromeda Villas & Spa Resort
The elegant Andromeda Villas & Spa Resort are located in scenic Imerovigli, 984 feet above the dramatic Caldera. more...
 Caldera Premium Villas
Located in the center of Oia, on the cliff, Caldera Premium Villas overlook the volcano and feature a swimming pool and accommodations with Cycladic décor. more...
 Charisma Suites
On a hill in Oia village, Charisma Suites has an outdoor pool, a snack bar and Cycladic-style accommodations overlooking the Caldera and the Aegean Sea from their terrace. more...
 Suites of the Gods Cave Spa Hotel
Featuring breathtaking views of the caldera, volcano and Santorini, this luxurious boutique hotel offers exclusive spa facilities with complimentary à la carte breakfast, free internet access and free more...
 Canvas Suites
Featuring panoramic views to the sea, Caldera and the Volcano of Santorini, Canvas Suites offers spacious traditionally furnished suites in Oia. Free WiFi is available in the entire building. more...
 Canaves Oia Suites & Spa
Canaves Oia Suites & Spa in Oia are built on the side of a cliff overlooking the Caldera. They offer private parking and gourmet dining. more...
 Abasa Suites
1.8 mi from Karterados Beach, Abasa Suites is set in Fira and features free WiFi, express check-in and check-out and concierge services. more...
 Hermes Hotel
Just 650 ft from Kamari Beach in Santorini, Hotel Hermes features a restaurant with an outdoor eating area and a pool with a snack bar. more...
 Santorini's Balcony Art Houses
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...
 Absolute Bliss
Exclusively stylish and romantic, Absolute Bliss is placed on the highest point of the black volcanic rock of Santorini, with breathtaking Caldera views. more...




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