Santorini is a unique island! Amazing landscape, breathtaking views, everything well preserved and with high-quality hospitality. Very large variety of options and activities ranging from the always busy Fira, to more quiet Imerovigli and atmospheric Oia. There are many villages to visit, the important archeological site of Akrotiri, the volcano, vineyards, the amazing path from Fira to Oia and of course a lot of beaches.
Terraces being one on top of the other are often used by restaurants and cafes.
A number of cruisers visit Santorini during the day leaving at night for a new destination as far as Haifa, Israel.
Typical architecture and decoration can be seen all over the island.
View of Imerovigli towards Firostefani.
Somehow is possible for the guests to find their way to the various hotels on the cliff.
Having a view towards the caldera from your room can make the whole stay a totally different experience.
Probably a graveyard overlooking the caldera.
The path from Fira to Oia follows this side of the rim with unique views to the caldera.
A small typical church by the path.
The east side of Santorini is totally different. Flat with a lot of beaches to swim.
The church of profitis Elias marks the start of the real path from Fira to Oia.
There are many exclusive hotels in isolated places all over Santorini.
Unique view from the path from Fira to Oia.
This small church is at the top of the hill. When reached, Oia and the sunset can be seen at full view.
Just after the church in the peak of the hill the path goes down to Oia. For sure a quieter place to watch the sunset.
Entering Oia after the two plus hours hike from Fira.
Some of the best hotels are at Oia’s east side.
To enter Oia from east to the west is a unique experience offering fantastic views.
When weather is clear the sun can be seen until it’s lost behind the sea.
A Chinese tourist almost hurt himself falling down while trying for a good position at Oia’s famous sunset.
Just after the famous sunset in Oia colors can be amazing.
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Traditional architecture is very well preserved in Oia.
Fira at night as seen from Oia.
Cruisers leaving Santorini at night passing by Oia.
Oia offers a number of exclusive restaurants.
View of Fira from the excellent P. Nomikos conference centre.
Imerovigli is higher from Fira after Firostefani offering quieter views and luxurious hotels.
The blue dome churches are among the most typical elements of Santorini landscape.
Thirasia is the small island opposite of Santorini with a village up the hill. Clouds and humidity, which are not rare in days without strong winds, create an atmospheric landscape.
The well-known sunset of Santorini is to be seen from Oia, but Firostefani offers equally amazing views.
With cloudy horizon Santorini sunsets can be very dramatic.
A view of Oia from the plane while leaving Santorini.