Our answer to your “Where to?” question this week is a beautiful Greek island known for its sunsets, its architecture and, most of all, its stunning caldera. The beautiful island of Santorini features cities balancing on the edges of cliffs, fantastic vistas and beautiful beaches, as well as a culture that will pull you in and make you never want to leave.
Pictured above is the city of Oia, or Ia, one of the most charming places on the island and, at it is the highest city on the island, the place to find the best sunsets. Fira is the main town on the island and has many of the similar attributes that Oia has. Both of these cities are best known for their white washed buildings that seem to barely hang to the edges of the cliffs of the caldera. This caldera was formed from a volcanic eruption that created a beautiful bay.
Santorini is romantic and relaxed, with plenty to do and see. There are many small islands in the middle of the caldera that still feature small volcanic activity. Take a boat out to one of these islands to feel the heat rising from vents and witness lava flows. Scuba diving and snorkeling is also available, one of the highlights being a wreck next to the volcano. There are many beaches to relax on, including Red Beach and Black Beach, each true to their names, as well as plenty of soft sand beaches. Explore the smaller villages to see the “cave houses,” homes that have been built directly into the stone. Take a horseback ride along a beach, or ride up the many steps from the port to Fira on the back of a mule. Simply stroll through the towns and take in the stunning and unique architecture this island has to offer.
There are many wineries and authentic eateries around the island, many of which offer stunning views of the caldera. The simple Mediterranean cuisine in Santorini is exquisite.
Santorini is also a popular place for destination weddings and honeymoons because of the romantic atmosphere. Get married in a small church or along stunning cliffs and stay in one of the resorts designed just for honeymooners.