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World's Best Islands: Santorini, Greece

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No. 1 Santorini, Greece

With its white villages atop lava rock cliffs and blue-domed churches overlooking a sunken caldera, this postcard-perfect Aegean island feels a thousand miles from modern civilization. Visit the black-sand beaches of Perissa and Kamari, or take a small caiki (a typical fishing boat) to the Red Beach from the prehistoric village of Akrotiri. The bungalow-style rooms of the Astra Suites hotel are a scenic 1.2-mile meander from the town of Fira and feature infinity pools and views of Santorini’s famous sunsets.


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