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  • Writer's pictureSteve & Paul

Santorini, Greece

Santorini is one of the Cyclades islands in the Aegean Sea. It was devastated by a volcanic eruption in the 16th century BC, forever shaping its rugged landscape and is truly the most sensory overload place I have ever been, particularly for taking photos.


POP: 15,550

GPS: 36.3932° N, 25.4615° E

AREA: 76.19 km²


The whitewashed, cubiform houses of its 2 principal towns, Fira and Oia (pronounced "Eee-ya"), cling to cliffs above an underwater caldera (crater). They overlook the sea, small islands to the west and beaches made up of black, red and white lava pebbles.

Honestly, I have never been to a more romantic haven. Every few steps it felt like I took a photo - came away with a record 1,100 pics from our first five day stay there. And every photo looks exactly like it did in the books we've seen on this iconic island - trust me, they haven't been touched up - that's just how it looks. The bright blue and pristine white houses perched on the sides of this volcano are amazing to meander past.

We stayed at Sunny Villas on our first trip to Santorini and then at Andromeda Apartments on our second visit. We highly recommend either of these places.


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