Pronounced 'Eea', this magnificent village is undoubtedly one of the most stunning in the Greek islands. A wonderful blend of stunning architecture and magnificent scenery, there are picture-postcard views around every corner. Slightly less touristy than Thira, it is still a popular stop on the tourist trail, particularly at dusk every evening. The village is a haven for art galleries, selling prints of the village, and delightful jewellery.
The island's capital and largest town is spread out along the cliff overlooking the sea. The rugged cliff is actually formed of a massive caldera - caused by one of the earth's largest volcanic eruptions, around 1600BC. The town itself is incredibly picturesque - a jumble of white houses overlooking the dramatic clifftop, with cobbled streets and petite boutiques and antique shops
Everywhere you look in Santorini you can see iconic white churches with blue domes - the picture-postcard scene of Greece. The island is home to many churches, which are either Byzantine, Orthodox, or Catholic, ranging in size from tiny to sizeable. A common theme is Agios Nickolas - who is the patron saint of seafaring - and many of the churches have been built by sailors to give thanks for saving them from stormy seas. The oldest church on the island is the church of Agios Stefaons, in Mesa Vouna, which was built during the 4th century.