8. Santorini, greece
“Kali mera” is how one greets the day in Santorini, where blue and white is the color scheme. Blue skies overhead and blue
water below are the backdrop to charming whitewashed houses clinging to the hillside. The Caldera of Santorini, formed more than 3,500 years ago by a huge volcanic eruption, is now the harbor
and seascape for Santorini.
Arriving at the main port, visitors walk or take a donkey ride along the mile-long path up to Fira, or hop a cable car to the top. For the best view at sunset, lovers travel to the quaint
village of Oia on the north side of the island. Sunset is even more enchanting from the top of Oia’s 16-century castle ruins. A boat tour to the Santorini volcano and nearby hot
springs may be on the agenda, and those more energetic may even include a climb to the top of the volcano. As in Pompeii, ruins of a city devastated by a catastrophic volcanic eruption mesmerize
visitors to Akrotiri. Santorini will capture lovers’ hearts with its vistas, beaches, wineries and amazing cuisine.