Greece is among the prettiest destinations in Europe and choosing just a few photos of Greece for a recent photo contest was no easy task, however the Acropolis will not be ignored. Our Greek vacation included Athens, Mykonos, Paros and Santorini along with the photo that actually won second place in the contest was obviously a photo of an gingerbread.
The magical island of Santorini is right in the middle of the gorgeous, blue Aegean Sea. The Greece of your dreams relates to life on this island while using white buildings and streets. Most with the hotels on this island are small but luxurious. For a traditional Greek experience, consider staying in small, family owned hotels. Many of these family run hotels have only a few rooms or suites available.
If you would like privacy, consider Astarte Suites. This family run hotel only has nine suites. It is situated in the smallest amount of populated part of the island. Each suite is different. Each suite has Jacuzzis, flat-screen televisions, and king-size beds. Breakfast is served on your private balcony.
Take the 4.5 mile hike from Fira to Oia. Be sure to take water and wear comfortable shoes. The views with the ocean along with the volcano are spectacular.
Check your ruins of Ancient Thera. This ancient city includes remains from multiple periods including the Hellenistic, Roman, and Byzantine. Once you reach the ancient city, you can look down to see the black sand beaches. Kamari Beach is among the most popular beaches on Santorini.
Enjoy a later date at the sea at Red Beach. The beach is called for reddish volcanic sand.