The Greek Island of Santorini is easily among the most glorious destinations in the Mediterranean. If asked to sum it up in one word, most people would plump for romantic. And Santorini is the epitome of a romantic holiday island: gorgeous scenery; charming white towns with bright blue roofs; splendid beaches; the most glorious sunsets; a fascinating (and somewhat tragic) history; fabulous food; and plenty of sightseeing and fun activities. I’m sure these things to see and do in Santorini will have you considering it for your holiday this year.
1. Stepping Back in Time at Akrotiri
The Minoan Bronze Age settlement of Akrotiri was destroyed in ca. 1627 BCE, when Santorini's volcano erupted. This beautiful site is one of the essential places to go in Santorini, not just because it will make you believe that Santorini was indeed Plato's fabled island of Atlantis, but because the architecture of the ancient mansions will remind you that Greece is indeed the cradle of modern democratic society. The volcanic ash that buried most of Santorini's inhabitants is responsible for the remarkable preservation of these Minoan buildings and streets. The frescos depicting Santorini's fishermen are particularly poignant. Many of these frescoes appear to resemble those mentioned by Plato in his descriptions of Atlantis.