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.
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.