Santorini, Greece

From its terrifying birth in the apocalyptic volcanic explosion of 1450 BC to the snow-white cubist villas hugging its sheer cliffs, Santorini (also known as Thira) is arguably the most dramatic of all the Greek islands. Barhoppers and gourmets will love its lively tavernas and outstanding restaurants, where just-landed fish is always on the menu. Shopping urges can be similarly sated in the glamorous little town of Oia, with its smart jewellery boutiques and cute narrow streets. Take a hotel room facing the vast volcanic bay (the caldera) and, as you watch ships criss-cross below, you’ll realise that you’re looking at one of the most awe-inspiring, and romantic, views on the planet.

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When to go

The high season is April through to October, but if you can find a hotel out of season you’ll see the real Greece. Our reviewer travelled there in the second week of October and described it as ‘quiet, but busy enough to give the restaurants a good buzz'.

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Getting there

  • Planes

    The airport is only 10 minutes from Fira | the island’s capital. As of Summer 2009 Easyjet will fly direct from Gatwick. Taxis cost around six euros.
  • Trains

    There are no train services on the island. If you arrive by ferry, it will take you 15–20 minutes to get to Fira from the port. You’ll find car hire companies and taxis when you get off the boat.
  • Automobiles

    You’ll need a car to tour around the island. There’s free parking outside the towns of Oia and Thira. There are also various places where you can rent scooters. There are car hire desks at the airport.
  • Taxis

    Order one by phone or pick one up at a designated rank.

The modern Aphrodite

The modern Aphrodite

Nibble grapes in your daybed at clifftop hideaway Iconic Santorini, while gazing down at the mortals by the sparkly blue sea below. And if you need to vary the view, island-hop your way around the Cyclades. This. Is. Bliss. 

Perivolas Suite at Perivolas, Santorini, Greece

Perivolas Suite at Perivolas, Santorini, Greece

Set in 300-year-old caves, Perivolas was once the homes, wineries and stables of local fishermen and farmers. These days, the smoothly curved whitewashed walls hold a welcoming romantic retreat. With magnificent views of the Aegean, and a smooth all-white interior that evokes notions of sleeping inside a cloud, the Perivolas Suite invites you into bed at every turn – quite literally, as there’s both a king-size in the bedroom and a double in the domed lounge. Spend your days relaxing in the steam bath, hydrotherapy massage pool and private-cave swimming pool, and end with cocktails on the grand terrace, watching the sun set over the caldera.

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