However many postcards or photos you’ve seen of Santorini, nothing can prepare you for the real thing: dramatic, red-layered rock formations rising out of the blue Aegean sea. Santorini holidays are a must for any traveller looking to be blown away by natural beauty. The island was formed during a volcanic eruption thousands of years ago, and the landscape is defined by its geological history. The man-made buildings are just as inspiring –blue-domed houses and churches perched on the caldera’s edge, making up the towns of Oia
Thanks to its otherworldly landscape and one-of-a-kind sunsets, Santorini is known as a lover’s paradise. While you could spend all day lounging by the pool soaking up the view with your partner, there’s plenty to do here, too. The rest of the island is full of black and red sand beaches, ancient ruins, traditional villages, contemporary art spaces and some of Greece’s best vineyards. There are also acclaimed restaurants serving local Santorinian cuisine, which you can wash down with wine made from local Assyrtiko grapes. During the day, the whole island is bathed in a pure, warm light that has attracted artists from all over the world, and by night the stars illuminate the white buildings and blue pools. Holidays to Santorini are a truly magical experience for anyone.