What can I say...Santorini was a fairy tale...ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL. Santorini, also known as Thira, was home to a thriving Minoan population before the volcanic island exploded around 1650 B.C Santorini is one of the most beautiful places in the world. The small island is just like it looks in the magazines. White, stone buildings with the blue trims lining the harbor, four-foot-wide stone streets running in a dizzying maze densely packed buildings, it is just incredible. Everywhere you look, you are just left in awe.