Santorini’s rare beauty was created by a massive volcanic eruption said to have taken place in 1650BC, burying the island’s prosperous pre-historic settlement. Today, the inner edge of the island plunges almost 300 metres into the deep-blue sea, and it is speculated that this is what became of the legendary ‘Lost City of Atlantis’. Santorini is certainly steeped in a rich history and boasts many archaeological sites, including the Pompeii-like ruins of ancient Minoan settlements at Akrotiri. In contrast, the island’s outer coast has long black volcanic beaches and lively, cosmopolitan resorts. Other places to visit include an active volcano and the hot springs of Palea Kameni. Another advantage for visitors is that the island is only about 19kms long and 8kms across its widest part, so travelling distances between the sights are minimal.
This chic island boasts a number of attractive resorts, with the main focal point being Fira, a busy port of call for passing cruise ships.
Best Time to VisitMay to October
Precariously perched white cubist houses, mazes of cobbled terraces full of bougainvillaea, blue church domes extraordinary views and romantic sunsets……
Santorini’s mysterious beauty is a constant source of inspiration for artists and photographers though it is easy for anyone to fall in love with its unmistakable trademarks – precariously perched white cubist houses, mazes of cobbled terraces full of bougainvillaea, blue church domes set against extraordinary sea views and distinctive rich black sand.