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The romantic Greek island of Santorini lies in the central Cyclades group of Greek islands. Santorini panders to up-market Greek island holidays with many luxury Santorini hotels to be found. Cruise ships bring holiday visitors to gasp at the romantic sunset skies and turn on to the island's hot nightclubs. Sunset views over the caldera make this a favourite Island for honeymooners.

Santorini cruise ships

Cruise ship visitors spend a lot less in the shops and cafes than other tourists. You only have to wander the overcrowded streets above the port to wonder if the drawbacks outweigh the benefits.

The caldera of Santorini Greece

The tourism boom on Santorini has triggered a massive increase in hotel and apartment building on the small island, and not everyone is happy with the results.


Without the soft sand beaches of many other Greek islands, Santorini has never really based its tourism model on sand and sea attractions. It's biggest draws are the amazing cliff-top villages.


Nowhere in Greece is quite like Santorini, especially when it comes to their laid-back nature. Being a tourist hotspot, you might expect locals to be a bit tired of all the new faces, but in fact, Santorini is known for its friendly residents, who welcome newcomers.


Santorini has long been one of the most popular summer holiday islands with thousands of visitors over the summer months, including many thousands of cruise visitors and day trippers.The island's volcanic origins have given it a unique spectacular landscape that has turned it a top summer holiday destinations.

View over Santorini caldera

The Hellenic Culture Centre is organising some two-week intensive courses on Greek language and culture on the popular holiday island of Santorini over the summer.

santorini panorama 3d

A team of Russian photographers has captured some startling panoramic photos of the most spectacular sights on the island of Santorini and placed them online at an interactive website.

santorini monolithos church

One of the best tourist seasons ever for the has prompted island leaders to consider building a new yacht marina at the Santorini resort of Monolithos.

The caldera of Santorini Greece

Romance is in the air on the Greek holiday island of Santorini. So far this year, more than 1,000 couples have exchanged vows on the Aegean island of this year

Santorini Firostefani

The holiday island of Santorini is playing host to some of the world's best free running athletes.Organisers say houses that spill down the side of the are a perfect location

Santorini festival fireworks

Holiday visitors can expect the volcano island to erupt tonight. The island's Ifestia Festival is its annual tribute to the active island volcano with a spectacular display of thousands of fireworks.

The caldera of Santorini Greece

Holiday tourists on the have been plunged into darkness following a blaze in the island's only power station. Around 150,000 visitors are on Santorini at the moment as the holiday season reaches its peak.

Profitis Ilias radar

The NATO towers surrounding that top Profitis Ilias mountain on the have long been an ugly eyesore. Now the monks of the neighbouring monastery say they have had enough as the towers gets a modern upgrade.

Kardashians in Mykonos

The mega-rich celebrity Kardashian family has been touring the Greek Islands on a ten-day holiday spree. Sisters Kim, Kourtney and Khloe along with mother Kris and 20 more family members, as well as a TV camera crew of 50, flew to Mykonos this week.

Santorini cherry tomato

Santorini aims to cash in on its unique foods as Greece promotes its cuisine abroad. Santorini island is known for its delicious food products thanks to its volcanic soil and dry climate.

Across the Santorini caldera

Greek Islands have taken four places in a top ten list of European holiday island destinations. And the Greek island of Santorini took top place in the Europe top ten with Kefalonia, Naxos and Zante close behind.

Santorini Nea Kameni

Most visitors on a beach holiday and enjoying the Santorini attractions will know that the splendid sunsets are a direct result of the fact that Santorini is a recently active volcano. Now more than €54,000 has been spent to monitor the volcanic activity.

Detail of Akrotiri fresco

Holiday visitors to the Greek island of Santorini this summer will now be able to see one of the most important archaeological sites in the Mediterranean. Greece has reopened the Akrotiri archaeological site on the holiday island of Santorini . . .

Santorini cruise ship hits rocks

Visitors on holiday in Santorini in 2007 will recall the sinking of the Sea Diamond cruise liner in the caldera when two French tourists died. Now a total of 13 people are set to stand trial in connection with the sinking of the Sea Diamond . . .

Impressive finds on Santorini

Anger is mounting on the holiday island of Santorini as the impressive Akrotiri archaeological site remains closed the public even though restoration work is complete. The Akrotiri site on Santorini was shut down more than six years ago . . .

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