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View from the volcanic caldera

Santorini island stands approximately 200km southeast of the Greek mainland and is a part of the Cyclades islands. This beautiful island was formed as a result of a volcanic eruption in 1450BC and has long been the subject of poems and songs.

The island's spectacular mountainous landscape offers lots of photography opportunities and the Blue Flag beaches are perfect for an afternoon of relaxing in the sun. No trip to Santorini would be complete without exploring the nearby villages of Imirovilgi, Megalocon, Perivolos and Pyrgos. Each village has a unique atmosphere and a rich history so if you are staying for a while it is well worth exploring them all.

History lovers should take the time to explore the islands archaeological sites and museums. The ancient city at Akrotiri is incredibly well preserved and is the most important prehistoric settlement in the Eastern Mediterranean.

The Mesa Vuono is another site well worth exploring   this natural limestone formation was used as a natural fortress by the island's Lacedaemonian colonisers in the 9th Century BC. Some archaeologists believe that the caldera crater on Santorini was the inspiration for the legend of Plato's Atlantis.

Santorini Thira Airport (JTR) is served by a wide range of international airlines and there are regular Santorini flights departing from the Greek mainland via Athens. The flight time from Athens to Santorini is just 30 minutes. The airport is quite easy to get to. It is located not far from Kamari village, near the Monolithos area. There are frequent busses from the airport to Fira and transport links from Fira to other towns are readily available.

Taxi services from the airport are usually available. Most hotels offer airport transfer shuttles, however it is usually cheaper and faster to take a taxi from the airport to the hotel. Flights to Santorini at affordable flights can be found using TravelSupermarket's price-comparison tool.