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Santorini is a fascinating island and is a place that should be on everybody's list of places to visit during there life time. The island experienced a volcanic eruption of such magnitude that it destroyed not only the islands population but populations on neighboring islands including the Minoan empire on Crete. The island has been popular with backpackers for many years, but over the past 20 years many top end hotels have been built and now the island can match even the best accommodation standards to be found around the Mediterranean. The Capital of Fira is still a great place to stay, however the island can offer many other options all offering something a little different from each other, depending on what your requirements are Santorini will surely have some thing for you.
Being the Capital of the island and the first place with accommodation it is still a top choice. Amazing views across the Aegean from the Caldera edge, a maze of windy streets dotted with shops, boutiques, cafes, bars and a host of restaurants are just a few things to bring you to this unforgettable holiday town. The town still manages to offer a special atmosphere, it has become a little over touristic but still has a great laid back feel about the place. Good nightlife and some real good coffee shops for that all important breakfast espresso!
This small up market resort located to the north of Santorini is now a popular destination for honeymoons and weddings. This is due to its marvelous location, quality chic hotels and amazingly romantic atmosphere. Many of the hotels are built into the cliff edge offering unbelievable views, with top end facilities and individual design, many are what is known as "Cave hotels" being built into the rock itself. The resort prices are higher than other areas of Santorini, they are in fact higher than most parts of Greece, only Mykonos can match it on style and price. However as they say, you get what you pay for!
The resort features a long black sand beach with good facilities including many tavernas and good sport facilities. Popular destination with backpackers due to some good value rooms and a lively camping site. Perissa is popular with young people or those looking for lively nights, many bars and a few late night disco/clubs. Good local transport to the capital of Fira.
This is the only area that is what could be described as a main stream Mediterranean holiday resort, it offers a number of good quality holiday hotels and various shops, mini markets, cafes, bars and many restaurants. The beach is black sand, but offers good bathing and many tourist facilities including sunbeds/parasols for rent.