Santorini is a cluster of islands located about 120 miles southeast from the mainland of Greece. It is the remains of a volcanic explosion. Despite its violent origins, Santorini is a place of exquisite beauty, traditional architecture, dramatic views and breathtaking sunsets. In fact, some say that the sunsets in Santorini are the best in the world.
The charming, old villages are built on high cliffs. Strolling around with your loved one to admire the view is about as romantic as it gets. Then there is the option of exploring the cobbled streets and the gorgeous countryside by rented bicycle or on horseback. For those who enjoy less physical activities, there are boat trips around the islands of Santorini with views that will stay etched in your memory forever.
There are two ways to get to Santorini: by sea or by air. There are daily ferries to the island from Piraeus, the port in Athens, that dock in the port of Athinios. From here, buses can take you to any destination. If you prefer traveling by air, then you will have to land in Athens first, since few airlines travel directly to Santorini. During the peak tourism months, some airlines fly directly from various cities in Europe (check with your travel agent).
If you come by boat or cruiseship, then you can take one of the famous donkey rides or dare to walk up the thousands of steps up to the city.
When to go:
Any time is a good time to visit Santorini, but the months of June through September bring warm and sunny weather. This is the tourist season, so it can get a little crowded in some places. On the other hand, everything is open.