#AtoZChallenge: “S” is for SENSATIONAL SANTORINI

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Day 19: April 22

Sensational,  Spectacular,  Scenic,  Seductive, Splendiferous Santorini!  

Last stop on the islands cruise and we were thrilled to be there for two nights.
What you see above is the volcano view from our hotel room balcony.

Santorini location

Santorini location
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Santorini is essentially what remains after an enormous volcanic explosion that destroyed the earliest settlements on a formerly single island, and created the current geological caldera. A giant central, rectangular lagoon, which measures about 12 by 7 km (7.5 by 4.3 mi), is surrounded by 300 m (980 ft) high, steep cliffs on three sides. The main island slopes downward to the Aegean Sea. – Wikipedia

Is Santorini the real Atlantis?  Check out this fascinating video!

(Unfortunately, this video was blocked in the U.S. and I haven’t yet found a comparable one.  Apologies!)

 Santorini has many beautiful beaches.  Most striking (and rocky) was the Red Beach:

red beach santorini


 A few kilometres east of the Red Beach is the excavation site of Akrotiri, the Minoan settlement which was destroyed by the massive volcanic eruptions all those centuries ago.  The volcanic ash preserved many frescoes, objects and artworks.


Minoan settlement at Akrotiri; believed to be the inspiration for Plato’s “Atlantis”. ©DDB

There’s no shortage of gorgeous scenery on Santorini, as these photos illustrate:

Town of Megalochori.  These beautiful bougainvillea are found all over Greece. ©DDB

Town of Megalochori. These beautiful bougainvillea are found all over Greece. ©DDB

Santorini church

The familiar blue and white, seen on all the postcards. Churches abound in Greece, the only country where church and state are one. ©DDB

Santorini cliffside

Cliffside view, over the lagoon. ©DDB

donkeys Santorini

Donkey ride, anyone? ☺ ©DDB

Oia street

Street in Oia ©DDB

Oia waiting for sunset

Waiting for the famous sunset at Oia, the northernmost town. ©DDB

Ah, the sunset……Touted as something incredible to behold, it did not disappoint!  ©DDB

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Santorini is unforgettable and at the top of my  re-visit list.

Wouldn’t you love to visit Santorini?  Or perhaps you’ve been there too?

Looking forward to you comments!


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Debbie D.
Canine Innkeeper in suburban Toronto, Canada, known as "The Doglady". Writer/website owner, photographer, animal lover, music fanatic, inveterate traveller. History, literature and cinema buff. Eternal "hippie/rockchick". Binational, German/Canadian and multilingual. Looking for the next adventure!
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33 Responses to #AtoZChallenge: “S” is for SENSATIONAL SANTORINI


  2. Mike

    This was amazing and I’m glad I clicked over to check it out, Debbie! 🙂
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  8. As I have told you in earlier posts, I WANNA GO TO GREECE. When is the best time of year?

    • You’re going to go? Fabulous! June or late September would be best. It will be less hot, less crowded and probably cheaper (although, there aren’t that many bargains to be had). We went in mid-September and it was still very hot and crowded. The heat was manageable though, because it wasn’t too humid. Let me know if you’d like more info. 🙂
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  9. beautiful! thank you for sharing with us, hoping over from the a-z challenge
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  10. I MUST get to Santorini – your photos of the buildings are exactly what springs to mind when I think of Greece. Beautiful!
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  11. What’s the Greek word for Ahhhhhhhhhhh.
    I’m just going to hang out on this post for a few weeks.
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  12. Hey Debbie!

    Girl I am always fascinated by your pictures…and Santorini is a beautiful place. I could definitely see myself retiring and living in a place like that. It just looks so peaceful, like there’s no clock you know?

    Thanks for sharing these pics with us. Sorry I’ve missed your other posts but I’ll be taking a peek at them as I catch up!

    Hope you’re having a fabulous week. Has the weather gotten better up there?
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  13. Anu

    Your pictures are beautiful and inspire my inner travel bug… as usual 🙂 Can’t wait to see what you have in store for tomorrow! – Visiting from A to Z Challenge – Petnetio Anu

  14. I’d never heard of Santorini before, but it looks like a must see (someday–maybe in that time travel sequence you and I talked about yesterday 🙂 )
    It’s a funny thing about volcanic ashes, isn’t it. That’s the same thing that happened in Pompeii. Santorini looks amazing. Thank you
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  15. Cathy

    Wow, what a gorgeous place! Magical! I can see why you liked it so much. I really must visit Greece. You’re giving me a real taste to go traveling. Now to get the time and money. I never seem to have the two things at the same time.
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  16. Aditi

    Wow I fell in love with Santorini through these beautiful pictures and your warm post! Added to my wish list now! My list is increasing day by day courtesy you and Eli! Lv
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  17. I really want to go there…Maybe just alone with a book and my laptop…write there …
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  18. Truly sensational!! 🙂 Would love to visit it!

  19. Santorini was such a favourite part of our tour. ♥♥ It was all fantastic, but this was extra-special!
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