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Santorini, Greece

The Greek isle of Santorini is picture perfect.

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Whitewashed buildings overlook the blue Aegean Sea in Santorini, Greece.


If you have a mental image of a Greek isle, it likely includes a labyrinth of alabaster buildings clinging to a cliff above impossibly blue water. That scene has a name: Santorini.

This don’t-miss island surrounded by the Aegean Sea is reknowned for villages perched atop the rim of a still-active volcano. (Fear not—it hasn’t erupted since 1950.) Stairs and walkways lead visitors to spirited taverns, seafood cafés, and photo-mandatory vistas. The orange light of sunset against the domed turquoise roofs in the hamlet of Oia could be a lifetime highlight.

The Greek sun bakes bathers along the island’s rocky and rugged shore, including the black pebble beach at Kamari. The uncovered remains of Akrotiri, a town buried in ash more than 3,600 years ago, add to the timeless mystique of the island. Those long-ago residents had to flee Santorini in a hurry, but you’ll enjoy the luxury of lingering.

Photography by John Kellerman/Alamy

This article was first published in Fall 2015. Some facts my have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.