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The most westerly of the Cyclades, the beauty of the volcanic island of Santorini is associated with the misty tales of Atlantis. The white villages cling to towering cliffs where you can enjoy a sundowner in one of the world's most enchanting settings, as the sun sets over the deep blue Aegean Sea. Santorini receives 300 days of sunshine each year, and, though summer is hot, it is when the island is in full swing.
Clinging precariously to the edge of the enormous caldera, the island's main town of Fira is a vibrant, bustling place whose warren of narrow streets are lined with smart hotels, shops, bars and restaurants. On the northern tip of the island, the charming village of Oia is best explored on foot –a stroll through the narrow streets with your guide will reveal more about the history of the blue domed churches and introduce you to shops, art galleries and tavernas which you might like to return to during your stay.
Santorini Honeymoon Highlights
- A visit to Domain Sigalas or Boutari Wines, two of the island's best wineries, will have you flying the flag for Greek wine.
- Santorini has some of the most striking beaches in the world. The Red Beach and the black sands of Perivolos provide delightful contrasts.
- Take a boat to the nearby island of Thirasia to appreciate its dramatic volcanic landscape and soothing natural hot springs.
- A cooking class will introduce you to the history of food on the island and a fabulous variety of fresh ingredients.
- The highest mountain on the island, Prophet Helijah, offers stunning views. We recommend stopping at Perivolos for a dip and a walk.
After a long day, there's no better closure than a glass of wine. The island is home to some of the oldest wineries in the world, and Sigalas, Argyros and Gavalas are just three of the family run wineries which we've discovered where you can sample the indigenous white Assyrtiko grape, responsible for crisp, dry white wines, as well as sweeter ones. Among the finest wines produced in Greece and used by the Orthodox Church in Holy Communion, Santorini's prized dessert wine, vinsánto, is also well worth sampling.
Greece is known for its calm blue waters. A private cruise either during the day or at sunset from the south side of Santorini, in Vlihada marina, should not be missed. You will pass white and red beaches, and the Venetian lighthouse, before entering the crater, where you have the opportunity to visit the hot springs. In the evening, we recommend a leisurely swim before a delicious seafood and steak barbecue served with Greek appetisers and salads, all washed down with local wine.
Perivolas Traditional Houses
Vedema, a Luxury Collection Resort