Santorini Greece: A guide

The southernmost of the Cyclades islands, Santorini, Greece is a place of mystery, romance and world-famous sunsets. From its dazzling white cliffside homes to its rugged beaches and clear blue waters, Santorini offers something uniquely magical that attracts young and old alike. Here is a guide to some of the delights the island has to offer.

An island of promises

It's difficult not to fall in love with Santorini the moment you step off the plane or the boat. The warm air, the seemingly endless sunshine and the smell of turf and wild flowers mingle into a dreamy haze that is unforgettably seductive.

Santorini, Greece is actually five islands: the inhabited islands of Santorini and Therasia and the nearby islands of Nea Kameni, Palaia Kameni, Christiana and Aspronisi, which are uninhabited.

The main island of Santorini, with its distinctive crescent shape, is the product of a huge volcanic explosion that occurred in 1500BC. The volcanic activity created a large rectangular-shaped lagoon on the western side of the island known as the caldera; it's is one most frequently photographed views on the island, famous for its spectacular sunsets.

This is also the site of the stunning cliff towns of Fira and Oia, notable for their whitewashed houses, meandering paths and fine restaurants.

Part of the fun of Santorini is sitting back, relaxing and taking in the view, but there are a number of things to do to get out and about. Take a mule ride up the caldera or visit one of the island's wineries. Try the local tipple Assyrtiko wine - dry, sweet, spicy and with great acidity.

Getting there and where to stay

Easyjet (easyjet.com) has flights from London to Santorini, Greece from £36.99 one way. Alternatively fly to Athens then travel to Santorini by ferry.

Stay at the Hotel Atlantis (atlantishotel.gr) in Fira for stunning views of the sea and the caldera. Affordable, clean and comfortable, the hotel has its own swimming pool. Singles start from €164 per night.

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