The domes of 2 churches and a settlement on a high rock above the sea and in the background 2 small islands nearby.
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Santorini

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Source: National Observatory of Athens /meteo.gr

Santorini, known since ancient times as Thira, is one of the most famous islands in the world. The fact that you can sit in front of the caldera, enjoy local dishes, a drink or a coffee while gazing at the remarkable beauty of an active volcano is priceless!

The island is actually a group of islands consisting of Thira, Thirassia, Aspronissi, Palea and Nea Kameni in the southernmost part of the Cyclades.

Santorini’s volcano is one of the few active volcanoes on Greek and European land The islands that form Santorini came into existence as a result of intensive volcanic activity; twelve huge eruptions occurred, one every 20,000 years approximately, and each violent eruption caused the collapse of the volcano’s central part creating a large crater (caldera). The volcano, however, managed to recreate itself over and over again.
Windmill and a few people in front of the sunset.
Enjoy breathtaking views of the Caldera all day long, but don’t miss the sunset which is simply magical!

Explore the island’s villages

Fira is the picturesque capital of the island perched on the top edge of the Caldera, 260m above sea level, offering breathtaking views to the Aegean Sea and the island of Nea Kameni. Along the border of the caldera you’ll come across the renowned villages of Oia - the whole village looks like a work of art as the houses are carved into the lava rock - Imerovigli and Firostefani, which are the best spots for you to get your sunset views.

Other famous yet smaller villages, some cosmopolitan, some more traditional, some with vast vineyards to explore, others on a cliff-top affording amazing views over the Aegean are Akrotiri and Messa Vouno - with their famous archaeological sites - Pyrgos, Karterades, Emporio, Ammoudi, Finikia, Perissa, Perivolos, Megalochori, Kamari, Mesaria and Monolithos. Soaking up the villages’ distinctive topography,  whitewashed houses and alleys vs lava-black terrain, is a rewarding experience that one might say is unique!

Santorini is considered to be the most sought after place for a romantic getaway in Greece, since there are not many places in the world where you can enjoy exquisitely clear waters while perched on the rim of a massive active volcano in the middle of the sea! The island has a growing reputation as a “wedding destination” for couples not only from Greece but from all over the world. A trip to Santorini with the other half is a dream for anyone who has seen at least one photo of the island’s famous Caldera and exchanging kisses beneath Santorini’s famous sunset is the ultimate romantic experience!

Venture into Santorini’s seaside treasures and enjoy deep blue waters and beaches with white, red or black sand or volcanic pebbles, spectacular rock formations and impressive lunar landscapes. Santorini, the youngest volcanic land in the Eastern Mediterranean, is waiting for you! Don’t think twice! Experience for yourself the once-in-a-lifetime romance and charm of truly .

Filming in Santorini

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LARA CROFT: TOMB RAIDER, THE CRADLE OF LIFE (2003)

British archaeologist Lara Croft has made perhaps the most important archaeological discovery in history: an orb that leads to the mythical Pandora's Box. Unfortunately, the orb falls into the hands of an evil scientist who deals in killer viruses and hopes to sell the secrets of the box as the ultimate weapon...

DIRECTOR: JAN DE BONT
FILMING LOCATION: SANTORINI

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THE SISTERHOOD OF THE TRAVELLING PANTS (2005)

For the first time since their friendship began, four young girls are separated for a summer. One of them, Lena, visits her grandparents in Greece and meet Kostas, with whom she falls in love...

DIRECTOR: KEN KWAPIS
FILMING LOCATION: SANTORINI

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BEIJING LOVE STORY (2014)

Different generations look at love, romance and commitment, all from a uniquely Beijing perspective; a pregnant woman must choose between her husband and an ex-love who comes back into her life, a couple looks toward a trip to Greece to confront their own infidelity, and a young couple must decide whether to listen to their parents' reason or their emotional heart.

DIRECTOR: CHEN SICHENG
FILMING LOCATION: SANTORINI

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BY SEA
Santorini is connected to Piraeus and other Aegean ports. Ferries travel from Piraeus to Santorini in about 7.5 hrs while high-speed boats take around 4.5hrs. Santorini is also connected with the ports of Lavrio and Rafina.
BY PLANE
Santorini is connected to Athens International Airport, the flight lasts 50 minutes but also to Macedonia International Airport (Thessaloniki), it is also connected to other airports in Greece.

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