Fall under the spell of Santorini and explore its dramatic landscapes, volcanic-sand beaches, and magnificent sunsets. Santorini’s boutique hotels, fine dining, and excellent wines make it one of the classiest and most romantic Greek islands.
Steeped in bewitching sceneries and ancient mythology, the island attracts thousands of travelers eager to experience the full “wow” factor. Here’re five reasons why you should visit the superstar of the Cyclades islands.
1. Breathtaking natural wonders
Located in the Aegean Sea (about halfway between Athens and Crete), Santorini is part of the Cyclades Island group. Around 1600 B. C., a powerful volcanic eruption left a water-filled caldera (a volcanic crater), which is one of Santorini’s unique natural wonders.
Santorini is also famous for its picturesque villages that tumble down the caldera towards the sea. The stunning Imerovigli village (also known as the “balcony of the Aegean”) is built on the highest point of the caldera edge offering awe-inspiring views of the volcano and the Aegean Sea. Akrotiri is home to the famed Red Beach while the capital Fira (or Thera) is the busiest place on the island.
2. Romantic getaway
With its reputation for magical views, charming architecture, and delicious food, it’s no surprise that Santorini is one of the world’s most popular destinations for couples and honeymooners.
The famous Greek island is the perfect romantic getaway where couples can stroll around the dreamy, blue-domed houses, relax on the pristine beaches, and enjoy the unforgettable Santorini sunsets. There’s plenty to do in Santorini – from private boat tours and luxurious spas to open-air dining and tasting award-winning wines.
3. Spectacular sunsets
Santorini’s sunsets are renowned for being some of the most beautiful in the world. Enjoy the picture-perfect views as the sun sinks and the traditional whitewashed houses start to glow in the distance.
The most popular spots to watch the sunset and enjoy Santorini’s dazzling panoramas include the exclusive villages of Oia and Imerovigli. Make yourself comfortable, sip a glass of wine and take a gorgeous glimpse of the island at sunset.
4. Vineyards and award-winning wines
Santorini is well-known for its excellent wines, including crisp dry whites and sweet dessert wines like Vinsanto. The island has an indigenous grape variety called “assyrtiko” which is a key ingredient of the local wine types.
Dozens of local vineyards offer opportunities for wine tasting, where visitors can enjoy exquisite wines paired with fresh local food and panoramic views of the dramatic Santorini scenery.
5. Archaeological and cultural sites
For an appreciation of Santorini’s archeology and history, visit the site of Akrotiri. The volcanic eruption destroyed both Akrotiri on Santorini and the Minoan sites on the island of Crete. Akrotiri dates to about 4,000 B.C. and was one of the few Minoan cities outside of Crete. History lovers can also visit the Museum of Prehistoric Thera in Fira, where they can learn more about the story of this ancient city.
Exclusive travel experience at Iconic Santorini
Ready to experience everything Santorini has to offer? Welcome to Iconic Santorini, our award-winning boutique cave hotel in the stunning village of Imerovigli. Situated on a spectacular hillside carved from the caldera wall, our boutique hotel offers luxurious amenities, a spa and massages, an infinity pool, and breathtaking views that have inspired numerous marriage proposals and high-fashion photo shoots.