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Santorini, Greece

Ranked as the world’s top island by both the BBC and Travel & Leisure Magazine in 2011, Santorini Santorini is perhaps the most breathtaking of all the islands in the Aegean. It has mystery, magical sunsets, and views that take your breath away. The white-washed houses, narrow streets, open-air cafes and glittering boutiques of Fira – the island’s largest town – cling to steep cliffs, accessible only by cable-car or mule. To the south is Akrotiri where recent Minoan excavations support the theories that Santorini might be the fabled lost continent of Atlantis.

Santorini is an ideal destination for beach bunnies, history buffs, and wine connoisseurs. You’ll never see more colors of sand than in Santorini. Visit Red Beach, Black Beach, and White Beach for the full spectrum, and you’ll notice that the darker the sand, the warmer the water. That’s the result of solidified lava absorbing the heat! In addition to being a fascinating historical site, the island also has a flourishing wine industry with its indigenous grape, Assyrtiko, and the Athiri and Aidani varietals, most cultivated from very old vines to produce white wines and sweet vin santo.

Wandering the Greek islands gives visitors a unique insight into authentic Greek life as it’s lived away from the crowds of Athens. If you get a chance, stroll through a vegetable market and look for Santorini’s famous sweet cherry tomatoes, white eggplants, and katsouni (a large cucumber that tastes like melon). To really get to know the island though, we recommend staying at one of its most unique bed and breakfasts: Homeric Poems. Perched on the Firostefani cliffs, it’s just 15 suites and apartments, all furnished with Greek antiques, handmade furniture and art from the owner’s private collection. Nearby, the boutique hotel Spiliotica in Imerovigli, the highest village on the Caldara, offers 20 unique apartments, as well as unforgettable dinners at Blue Note – it has the best view on the island.

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