If you’ve ever seen breathtaking images of the Greek Isles, there’s a good chance it’s been Santorini that has caught your eye. Located in the Aegean Sea, Santorini is situated within the Cyclades islands and its beautiful topography was reshaped during the 16th century after a volcanic eruption. There are so quintessential aspects of Santorini, which makes it one of the most recognizable destinations within the entire world -- beautiful whitewashed buildings complemented with bright blue rooftops, set into the cliffside overlooking picture-perfect Mediterranean waters, there is no wonder why Santorini is one of the highly sought-after destinations for romantic getaways and honeymoons.

Out of all the Greek islands, Santorini is one of the most visited -- seeing more than one million tourists each year. When you imagine all of these people coming and exploring small islands in the Mediterranean, it’s no wonder that it’s often crowded! Recent concerns have been that the number of visitors each year are causing some issues with infrastructure and economy for the locals -- but popularity and traveling to the island continues to grow year after year. Between the island beauty and the welcoming people of Santorini, this island is surely going to remain a top destination in the decades to come. While many travelers visit the island for relaxation and lounging on the picture-perfect beaches, there’s plenty for adventurers and historical enthusiasts -- and it’s easiest to explore before hopping to another island or heading to the mainland.

Due to the topography and history of Santorini, there are still options of visiting prehistoric village ruins -- one of the most popular being Akrotiri, which dates back to the Bronze Age and features an enclosed archaeological site which most visitors are sure to find interesting. If you prefer to soak in the ambience of Santorini without creating an itinerary, simply walking around the villages and dining at some of the small cafés is a perfect way to spend the day as you explore the various nooks and crannies of Santorini. At the end of the day, a breathtaking sunset over the Mediterranean is a perfect reward for anyone on the island of Santorini.