Postcard-perfect villages of startling whitewashed buildings and azure-domed churches cling to cliff tops. Yachts bob gently in the water as adoring couples walk hand-in-hand on mysterious black-sand beaches. This is Santorini, the jewel in the crown of Cyclades islands and a paradise for honeymooners. Few scenes on earth are as evocative as watching the sun dissolve into the sea over the caldera – the sky steeped in deep orange and red.

Explore Santorini

In high season it’s possible to find direct flights to the island from major European airports but generally, most travellers will have to take a 40-minute connecting flight from Athens. A private jet is of course the most convenient option. A private car is the best way to get around the island but with narrow winding lanes, some towns can – and should – only be explored on foot.

Climate & seasons

Mid-June to September is the summer high season, so expect high temperatures and high numbers of visitors. The weather and crowds are easier during the two shoulder seasons. That's April to mid-June and September to November. Winter is best skipped.

Where to go

The west side of Santorini is blessed with great hotels and superlative views. The clifftop town of Oia for sunset is a must, while the capital Fira, Imerovigli and Firostefani are all worth a leisurely wander. The east side has several black and red sand beaches which are novel but not actually that comfortable - the sand is quite coarse and rocky – and they can be overcrowded.

What to do

Spend your day lazily exploring the winding lanes of Fira or Oia, stopping to indulge in some local island food and wine. Or stretch your legs a little more and hike the volcano for unrivalled views across the entire island. With sunset approaching, take a seat at a clifftop terrace or better yet board a private yacht for a romantic sunset dinner cruise through the caldera.

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