Which is the most voted “Best Island in the World”? Yes, you guessed right: Santorini.
There are no easy words to describe the unique beauty of this island. Is it the volcanic scenery? The Caldera phenomenon? The Oia best sunset in the world? The cool vibes all over the island? Probably all of the above.
Santorini and the two small rocky islands nearby, Thirasia and Aspronissi, were part of a prehistoric round island, called Stroggyli, sitting on the top of an active volcano. Around 1700 BC and during a huge volcano explosion, the largest part of the island collapsed, Caldera was created, and the remainings are the today’s 3 islands. It is estimated that this explosion was the 2nd largest of Earth’s history.
In Santorini, you can enjoy a wide range of 7-star services, like Mykonos. In the island, we find some of the most beautiful boutique hotels in Greece and refined restaurants.
The capital of the island is Fira. Built on the Caldera, 260 meters above sea level, with magnificent views of the crystal blue waters of the Aegean Sea and the island of Nea Kameni, there is a breath away from the sky, Fira along with Firostefani, Imerovigli and historic preserved settlement of Oia, spread out the length of the Caldera enchanting the visitor, each in its own unique way. There are smaller but equally beautiful villages on the island worth visiting. Some are more cosmopolitan, some are quieter, others are surrounded by huge vineyards, while other high-rise castles overlooking the Aegean Sea, but all have a special personality that will fascinate you.
Santorini is considered to be the most romantic destination in Greece. There is often no bordering majestic states built on the edge of the cliff, with picturesque hamlets, cobbled alleys and impressive churches that swim in the light. Loved couples flock every year to the volcanic island seeking to enjoy embraced in a balcony of Caldera the famous sunset at all of Santorini. Indeed, in recent years the island has established itself as a destination that chooses couples to carry out their wedding ceremony or honeymoon.
Let us not forget to mention the wonderful beaches of the island that could only be in harmony with its particular volcanic character. Dive into beaches with black, red and white sand or colorful pebbles and sculptured by the salt and wind rocks. A unique setting that you will not find anywhere else in Greece.
Although a very touristic place, Santorini has a number of home-grown products: excellent tasted white wine (Assyrtiko, Nychteri, and the sweet Vissanto), tomatini, and fava.