Santorini island in the Mediterranean has to be one of the most beautiful places I have ever visited.
The people, the food, the topography, the history, all in the amazingly beautiful small island.
I stayed at a family-run hotel that was within a 10 minute walk into Fira center. There is a pool and it is a quiet area with no traffic. http://villaevgeniahotel.com/ The family has been running this hotel for over 15 years and you will see the father with his mule caravan that goes to the other side of the hill during the day.
The beaches are spectacular. My favorite is the white beach as you can only get their by boat. It is completely isolated and worth a secluded day swimming in the warm sea.
And Oia, can't say enough about this town. Go as often as you can and along with all the other sun worshipers, watch the sun set every night while either enjoying a spectacular meal at one of their many top-notch restaurants or simply enjoy the peace of watching the sun beautifully set one more evening.
And there still are a few authentic Greek shops with one-of-a-kind crafts. I bought a beautiful quilt from Northern Greece that I cherish.
This is one of those magical places in the world that everyone should visit at least once. It surpassed everything I had imagined about the Greek Isles and I will go back every chance I get.
Santorini is a jewel and gem of an isle.