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Cousteau searched for the lost city of Atlantis on Santorini. Crescent-shaped Santorini (or Thíra), the precious gem of the Aegean, is actually a group of islands consisting of Thíra, Thirassiá, Asproníssi, Palea and Nea Kaméni in the southernmost part of Cyclades.

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The Santorini group of islands, together with Milos, Methana and Nisyros, all have active volcanos, and Santorini may be the only volcano in the world whose crater is in the sea. Twelve enormous eruptions, one every 20,000 years approximately, have contributed to creating a caldera (large volcanic depression) destroying the greater part of the volcano, which nevertheless continues to be active.
Santorini is regarded as the par excellence romantic destination in Greece. One does not frequently run into magnificent sparkling white communities built on the edge of a cliff, with graphic little villages, cobbled lanes and superb churches basking in the sun. In fact, in recent years, the island has become a destination selected by couples for their wedding or honeymoon.
The island’s capital is Fira. Built over the caldera, 260 m. above the sea, with a superb view of the blue waters of the Aegean and the little island of Nea Kameni, it appears to be just a breath away from heaven… Fira, together with Firostephani, Imerovigli and Ia are situated around the caldera, enchanting visitors, each one in its own special way. It should be noted that the settlement of Ia was the first in Greece to be listed as a heritage site. Nor was this accidental, as it looks like a work of art carved out of the rock created by volcanic lava. Other less famous but equally beautiful villages on the island also deserve a visit, including Akrotiri and Mesa Vouno with their famous archaeological sites, Pyrgos, Karterades, Emporeio, Ammoudi, Finikia, Perissa, Perivolos, Megalohori, Kamari, Messaria and Monolithos. Some are more cosmopolitan, some are quieter, but surrounded by enormous vineyards, while others boast high castles with an endless view of the Aegean; they all have a special personality.
The island is also regarded as one of the best organized wine tourism destinations in Greece. Its volcanic soil favors the production of wines with a special personality and an intoxicating aroma. Try the main basic varieties, such as Asyrtiko, Athiri, Aidani, Mantilaria and Mavrotragano in one of the countless wineries on the island (indeed, many also function as museums) or in a restaurant.
The superb beaches on the island can only be harmonized naturally with its special volcanic identity. Beaches with black, red and white sand or multicolored pebbles are sculpted by the action of water, salt and wind. A unique scenery that cannot be found anywhere else in Greece.

Source: Visit Greece - The Official website of the Greek Tourism Organisation