Santorini, also called Thira, or Fira, lies south of the central Cyclades group of Greek islands. It is considered one of the top holiday hotspots in the Cyclades. Born in a centuries old massive volcanic eruption, the fumes still rise offshore.
Santorini caters for the well heeled holidaymaker, with many luxury hotels and swish bars. Cruise ships also ferry in visitors by the thousand to gasp at the island's romantic sunset skies and to turn on to Santorini's vibrant club scene.
Santorini has its own airport, so it's easy to get flights, and shuttle buses run to all the main resorts. Santorini has plenty of quality hotels and, although the island attracts independent travellers, finding budget accommodation can be a problem.
Santorini holidays are in huge demand and local prices do reflect the fact. Expect to burn a sizeable hole in your wallet to secure the best views from the Santorini's clifftop tavernas and bars.
The capital town of Fira perches precariously on top of vertical cliffs. The view over the caldera and the romantic pull of those sunsets make this a favourite spot for honeymoon couples.
Most holiday hotels are located in the main Santorini resorts of Fira and Imerovigli, both of which are an ideal choice for those looking for a lively buzz; a quieter time awaits those visitors who edge a little further north along the caldera rim.