Current Time


see + do

View As:
‹ Previous | Next ›

Editors' Pick
Save For Later


Greece, Europe: Ships of every size can call at busy islands like Santorini.
Greece's insider take:

No other island is like it. This Minoan capital was decimated by its volcano 3,500 years ago, which has led many archaeologists to suggest it may have been home to the lost civilization of Atlantis. Santorini owes its present peculiar, twin-peaked, arched shape—as well its famous black-sand beaches and the high, striated black-red-gray cliffs—to that cataclysm. The caldera, a seven-mile crater enclosed by the two arms of the crescent, is Santorini's defining feature and its harbor. Sunset over the caldera is the nightly big show, which is accompanied by a festive atmosphere wherever there's a west-facing cliff-side terrace (and there are a lot of them). If you're thinking of walking, the capital, Thira, is dramatically perched on a cliff, up nearly 600 steps (alternatively, catch a cab, a cable car, or a mule), and is very gorgeous but very spoiled by tourism. The center of gentrified, controlled tourism is breathtaking Oia (a.k.a. Ia), clinging to the cliffs on the northernmost edge of the caldera, its 19th-century merchants' villas and restored troglodytic peasant houses spread around the ruins of a 13th-century Venetian castle. This is where the posh, beautiful hotels and villas are, and it's likely to stay posh and beautiful thanks to zoning laws. Many beaches on Santorini, as mentioned, have black sand (you can imagine what this does to bare feet), and they are concentrated in the east and south. Kamari is the main one but not worth the journey—it's been touristed to death. Head north-east to Baxedes beach, just outside Oia, to avoid the crowds.

User Reviews

write a review › | see all user reviews ›

Wonderful Santorini

I have been lucky enough to be there a few times and there is always something that amazes me and surprises me, a beach, a view, a sunset, a restaurant...I had the... more

Take your time to explore....

I have been returning to Santorini (Thira) since my college days 20 yrs ago and have never tired of the beauty -- not only of the landscape, but of the people who... more

Rent A Jeep in Santorini

If you are renting a car and going to the Red Sand or Black Sand beaches make it a jeep . Also try and get a good map . We ended up getting lost looking for the Red... more

*The Daily Traveler: The day's best travel tips, secrets, and news that won't wait.
Information may have changed since date of publication. Please confirm details with individual establishments before planning your trip.



I understand and agree that registration on or use of this site constitutes agreement to its User Agreement, Privacy Policy, and Mobile Terms and Conditions.

iPhone App:

Create personalized postcards out of your favorite travel photos!

Learn More ›
Subscribe to our free RSS feeds:

Get the latest destinations picks, hot hotel lists, travel deals and blog posts automatically added to your newsreader or your personalized homepage.

Learn More ›


Special Advertisement

Contests, Sweepstakes & Promotions


Send  to your phone!

Don’t show this box again.
This information will be sent directly to your phone and waiting for you in a text message. Simple click on the url in that message or browse on your phone.
Need more help? Our FAQ may contain the answer you need.
Never want to type in your cell phone number again?
Register now with and you'll be able to save your number and enjoy other great features like this.
I understand and agree that registration on or use of this site constitutes agreement to its User Agreement , Privacy Policy, and mobile terms and conditions. Standard text messaging rates apply.