Spectacular and peerless, all it takes is one visit to Santorini to see why some believe this to be the mythical lost city of Atlantis. Essentially an active volcano, most of the activity on the island is focused on the cliff around the magnificent caldera, a crescent-shaped lagoon which surrounds the peak of the volcano. Traditional white buildings cling to the edge of this cliff and provide the backdrop to some of the most post card worthy pictures you will ever take.
The main town is Fira, a highly tourist-orientated town that still manages to retain some of its Greek charm and hospitality despite the hoards of holiday makers that descend upon it every summer. A good base for exploring the rest of the island, Fira is home to most of Santorini’s limited nightlife and some good restaurants but the lack of variety can become tiresome. The real charm of the island can be found in Oia, the quieter counterpart to Fira. With beautiful local restaurants and luxury cave hotels, Oia is the perfect place to spend a sleepy, romantic evening watching the stars.
Finally, no trip to Santorini would be complete without witnessing one of the most beautiful sunsets in the world. If staying in Fira, enjoy the breathtaking walk from to Oia before finding a tavern on the caldera in which to enjoy a glass of Santorini wine whilst watching the bright red sun vanish into the Aegean. It gets very busy so remember to get there early or you may be sharing a table with half of the island.
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