With its impossibly perched, whitewashed cottages and endless views across azure seas, Santorini deserves its reputation as one of the most dazzlingly gorgeous islands in the world...
And it's all thanks to a gigantic eruption some three and a half thousand years ago, which formed the giant cliffs of the caldera that make this most jaw-dropping of Greek islands what it is today. Just don't expect white sand beaches - here the sand is mainly black or red.
Once you've left Santorini Airport (JTR), you should therefore prepare yourself to be wowed with incredible views, especially at sunset. It is said that some of the best sunsets on earth can be witnessed in Santorini. So, as night falls, go with the flow and head up to the village of Oia to capture one of these daily show-stopping events.
If you're planning on eating dinner as the sun goes down, a good tip would be to reserve a table in advance as lots of other holidaymakers will have the same thought. Thankfully, however, accommodation on Santorini is more abundant than tables with a sunset view. Luxury hotels, budget apart-hotels and private villas can all be your home during a Santorini holiday.
Restaurants too are everywhere, but seek out the tavernas of the villages off the beaten track if you want to bag some authentic Greek grub. Moussaka here will be a revelation, as will any rustic Gemista (stuffed tomatoes or peppers) that you encounter, and the restaurant owners will be keen for you to try their wines.
And don't let yourself be put off by the colour of the island's beaches. They aren't pebbly, but are made of dense black or red volcanic sand that's just as comfortable as the white or golden stuff for lying on. You will, however, need to keep your sandals nearby in the summer heat, as black sand in particular can get very hot underfoot.
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As one of the Aegean Islands, Santorini enjoys a typically Mediterranean climate with long dry summers...
Daytime temperatures touch 28C during summer, while evenings are around a pleasant 22C. Winters, however, can be cool, with temperatures dipping to 6C at night and you will experience rainfall out of the summer season.
This is essentially a summer holiday destination, with flights from the UK operating from May until the end of October. Many hotels are closed during the off-peak season.
If you are looking for more from your holiday, why not consider travelling when one of these events is taking place?
Profitis Ilias, July: Each July, the village of Fira honours its patron saint with a feast of music, dancing, eating and drinking. You'll also find lots of market stalls.
Santorini Ifaisteia; August: A series of cultural events, from open-air theatre to traditional and modern music concerts are staged across the island. And the event culminates with several dramatic fireworks displays.
International Music Festival; September: Every kind of musical taste is catered for, as acts from around the world descend upon Santorini. Make sure you book accommodation in advance if you want to visit during this festival, as it is arguably the island's busiest time.
There are many activities to enjoy in Santorini. Here are some suggestions...
Active types: The dark sands of Perissa Beach - where the warm Mediterranean breeze runs free - provide the ideal place to try your hand at windsurfing.
Shopping: Grab a sublime Santorini landscape painting for a bargain price in the art shops on Fira's cobbled streets.
Romance: Romance is all around in the quiet village of Pyrgos, where the heady aroma of the nearby vineyards fills the air.