One of the most photographed of the Greek islands, Santorini owes its dramatic landscape to the 16th century volcanic eruption which forever shaped its rugged backdrop and villages.
Its two principal towns – Fira and Oia – cling to cliffs hundreds of feet above underwater craters submerged by the Aegean Sea.
This crescent-shaped isle is a popular choice for all sorts of holidaymakers – from backpackers to honeymooners, drawn to the spectacles that the devastating eruption carved into the landscape.
But equally attracted by the excellent accommodation choices, among whitewashed cubist villages perched high above the sea to afford breath-taking views.
Late spring is an ideal time to head to Santorini, when the landscape is still lush and green, the seas are warm and the crowds are yet to descend. The island quietens down in autumn when occasional storms mean ferry links become sparser.
Understandably, Santorini is great for attractions, sight-seeing and day trips. Fira has one of the finest prehistoric museums on the Greek islands, while beach lovers will be drawn to the strange volcanic sand beaches of the east coast, hypnotic views over the caldera (crater) or even scuba diving within it.
Food and drink is excellent on the island too with Skiathos designated as an AOC wine-making domaine. There are plenty of winery tours and tastings to enjoy.
For a sense of the ancient volcano’s lingering power, take a day-trip to the caldera islets with their hot springs and cinder surfaces.