I am very lucky to have visited many of the Greek islands, but there is one which is at the top of my list to visit again – Santorini.
Perched on the edge of steep cliffs, the picturesque villages of Santorini offer a great view to the Aegean Sea and the submerged volcano.
Santorini is iconic Greece, with white-washed buildings, dome shaped architecture and blue dome church roofs all set these against the multi-coloured cliffs of the ancient volcano.
No visit to Santorini would be without visiting the town of Oia, which is famous as the perfect spot to witness the island’s infamous sunset, which turns the sky pinks, purples and fiery oranges as it departs for the day.
The volcanic island is home to some of the world’s most unique beaches, covered in volcanic black sand, as well as red and white pebbles. My top tip is to make sure you wear flip flops or sandals as they can be burning hot on a warm summers day.
Whilst the beaches are impressive, you cannot visit the island without taking a boat tour out to the dormant volcano, where you can climb to the crater and swim in the therapeutic waters of the volcano’s hot springs.
Santorini is easily reachable from Greece’s capital Athens and can be combined for an island-hopping via ferry with islands like Mykonos, Crete, Paros, Naxos and more.
I would recommend combining a couple of Greek Islands to your itinerary. Holidays in Mykonos and Santorini are very popular thanks to their history, or why not visit Lesvos, third largest island in Greece but a relatively untouched one. According to mythology, Santorini is the lost city of Atlantis, whilst Mykonos was formed from the petrified bodies of giants killed by Hercules.
Santorini is perfect for quiet relaxation and exploring, whereas Mykonos is a much more vibrant island with a mix of party atmosphere and family-friendly amenities.
Mykonos is also known as the “windy island” and its windmills are an iconic sight on the island, as is Cynthus mountain, where, in Greek mythology, Apollo was said to be born.
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