Santorini is on almost everyone’s bucket list. This iconic Greek island has been featured on the front of most glossy travel magazines and fills Instagram feeds with stunning images. What makes Santorini different from other Greek islands is its geological characteristics. Formed from a cataclysmic volcano eruption when the island was blasted to pieces, what’s left of this island is now a unique spectacle. The volcano eruption caused the centre of the island to collapse with the sea rushing in to fill it. This created the caldera. These incredibly high cliffs of multi-coloured rock are topped with typical Cycladic architecture: blue and white domed churches and whitewashed cave houses built into the volcanic rock.
How to experience the Alternative Santorini
Most visitors to the island will end up either staying in one of the caldera towns and villages or in one of the beach resorts. The capital of the island, Fira, gets more than its fair share of visitors and then there’s Oia on the northern tip of the island. Oia is famous for the Santorini sunset and people flock there to get the perfect Instagram shot. On the south east side of Santorini, the beach resorts of Kamari,