I planned a girl's trip to Santorini and discovered Riva Villa for rent – a cheaper stay than splitting two hotel rooms by the sea.
We knew it would be difficult to leave after as we arrived to discover its beautiful, private patio overlooking the caldera–a water-filled crater. Many speculate that the volcanic eruption that formed the caldera is the spot where the mythical lost city of Atlantis once stood.
There are cheap 8-hour, overnight ferry rides from Athens to the island of Santorini. For my second visit, I opted to take the quicker, more comfortable 20-minute flight.
Soaring above Santorini presents a different perspective of the island. The full views of the volcanically produced caldera, endless sea and clusters of the white-washed buildings creates the sensation of being Zeus looking down from on top of the world.
The island of Santorini in Greece is breathtakingly beautiful. Built on the the remains of a volcanic caldera, the island boasts of steep cliffs and panoramic views. When you add to that natural beauty with all the white washed buildings and their shades of blue trim, and the colorful flowers, you understand why many travelers name Santorini as their favorite Greek island.
The island of Santorini never fails to capture your heart. Everywhere you go on the island you get the panoramic views that Santorini is famous for. There are also a seemingly endless number of churches there, and their traditional blues and whites just add to the magic. It is little wonder why cruise ships are frequent visitors to this amazing destination.
I love exploring the beautiful island of Santorini in Greece. It is blessed with an enviable location on the remains of a volcanic caldera. When you climb to the top of the island, you are treated to unmatched panoramic views, and to so many blue and white churches. I enjoyed climbing above this church to enjoy the colorful spectacle from above.
I was out late day, early evening walking from my hotel in Firostefani north to the little village of Imerovigli. I was looking for anything that caught my eye to photograph as the light was getting nice. I came upon this white gate, open, as if inviting me into the beautiful view inside of it. I took this image which is one of my favorites of this trip. Santorini was very dreamy and just as you might imagine, but mostly when the "boat people" went back to their cruise ships. Then it got quiet for those of us who were slowing down to enjoy the island.
During my stay on Santorini in Greece, I came across numerous of stray cats roaming the island. I followed some around for quite time until I could capture them with the famous blue roofs in background.