Greece · Santorini
Santorini, or Thira, is the supermodel of the Greek islands. It may be the most popular island in the world. There are few travel destinations that combine beautiful beaches, spectacular scenery, ancient cities, amazing restaurants, some of the world’s best wine, and an active volcano. Cliffs covered in whitewashed and blue-domed buildings, black and red sand beaches, and a seemingly endless number of infinity pools with views of the cerulean Aegean Sea are just a few of the features making the island the subject of our digital daydreams. It’s home to some of the most beautiful sunsets in the world and is filled with secrets that will amaze tourists and locals alike.
Santorini island was the site of one of the largest volcanic eruptions in the world and what remains today is a submerged volcano and a caldera. Amazing villages has been constructed on the edge of this caldera, with Cycladic architecture and breath-taking view to the sea.
The island is shaped like a wonky croissant, and the neighbouring islets hint at the fact that Santorini was once circular; it was known as Strongili (the Round One). Thousands of years ago a colossal volcanic eruption caused the centre of Strongili to sink, leaving a caldera (or crater) with towering cliffs along the east side – now Santorini’s trademark landscape.
Santorini’s commercial development is focused on the caldera-edge clifftops in the island’s west, with large clusters of whitewashed buildings nesting at dizzying heights, spilling down cliffsides and offering gasp-inducing views from land or sea. Fira, the island’s busy capital, sprawls north into villages called Firostefani and Imerovigli (the highest point of the caldera edge). A path running through these villages is lined with upmarket hotels, restaurant terraces and endless photo opportunities.
With its reputation for dazzling views, it is hardly surprising the island features on so many travellers’ bucket lists.