The most picturesque island in Greece caters to sun lovers and couples.
Santorini has a long summer season, spectacular views, innumerable vineyards, gorgeous sunsets and encapsulates traditional Greece. Situated roughly halfway between Athens and Crete, the island is divided into three regions: Fira, Firostefani and Imerovigli, which, nowadays, are filled with luxury hotels, fine restaurants and endless spots for stunning photo opportunities. Oia Village in Santorini is one of the most iconic images in the world with its whitewashed and blue-domed buildings adorning many pages of travel literature. The island also boasts a string of beaches famed for their coloured sand, including the dramatic Red Beach.
What to Do
For first timers, leisurely walks along the caldera edge and through Fira will give you unbelievable views. If you’re heading north to Firostefani, take the pathway to Oia to see the magnificent sunset. If walking around is not your forte, then sample some of Santorini’s best Vinsanto. Made from the indigenous assyrtiko grape, these crisp, dry whites are on offer at many restaurants in the area.
Where to Stay
When visiting Santorini, the alluring indulgence of its cliffside hotels is undeniable. Iconic Santorini is a five-star cave hotel with a high level of attention to even the smallest details. The outside terraces overlook the caldera, while the Cliff Suite comes with its own grotto pool. Guests can enjoy a dip or swim laps in the saltwater infinity pool, as well as other luxury amenities and facilities.
Nothing says luxury more than staying at Erosantorini. Privately owned, the resort consists of only four suites, all designed by Italian designer Paola Navone. Located on a breathtaking hilltop overlooking the sea, the three-tiered infinity pool dangles off the cliff edge and offers astonishing views of the caldera.