Even if you’ve never been to this Cyclades island in the Aegean Sea, you’d still recognize it immediately – candy-colored houses carved into cliffs, sapphire waters, gleaming white buildings topped with half-spheres the color of a stormy sky.
“This stunning island in the middle of the Aegean is the perfect place to get away from it all.” is a post referring to Santorini, on www.flipkey.com. According to the results of the survey conducted during the previous months among professionals and travellers members,Santorini is one of the top 14 romantic destinations in the world (Top Romantic Getaways).FlipKey is a vacation rental company of the popular travel and tourist site TripAdvisor. Under FlipKey’s title “Fall in Love with These Romantic Destinations”, it says: “candlelit dinners and walks on the beach are synonymous with romantic vacations, but love means something different for every couple”.
The post on Santorini reads: “The Greek Island of Santorini was formed several thousand years ago by one of the largest volcanic eruptions in recorded history. Now the volcano, still believed to be active, stands surrounded by spectacular multicoloured cliffs. This sight draws visitors here from all over the world every year. Visitors also come to Santorini for the beautiful whitewashed Greek architecture, welcoming local culture and world class Mediterranean cuisine.”
The site proposes to travellers a tour in the narrow alleys and the small fascinating shopping areas in Fira, Oia and Athinios harbour; a swim in the lovely sandy beaches especially Kokkini Paralia [Red beach]; a visit to the archaeological site on Akrotiri, to museums and religious monuments on the island; seeing the volcano up close; sailing around the island on tourist boats; enjoying the breathtaking sunset views and the intense night life. It lays stress on the island’s high quality tourist infrastructure, and the ability to cater for all of visitors’ needs any time of the year. Another interesting option for visitors is to take trips to neighbouring islands.
TripAdvisor had included Santorini, next to three other Greek islands, in the top ten European Islands, for 2013, based on members’ ratings.