World's Most Romantic Islands
If there were ever a place that could get by on its looks, it would be Santorini. Whitewashed cave houses framed by bougainvillea and backed by blue-domed churches spill down the rim of an ancient volcanic crater; at sunset, the Sea of Crete is bathed in a rosy glow. Yet as compelling as the scenery may be, Santorini’s true appeal lies in its wealth of diversions—extraordinary wines, black (or red or white) beaches, and archaeological sites from the prehistoric era.
Room to Book: The Perivolas Suite at Perivolas hotel, whose cliffside terrace seems to hover at the crater’s edge.
Table for Two: Order the flaky pastry-wrapped saganaki (traditional fried cheese) with fig jam at Assyrtico Wine Restaurant (Firá; assyrtico-restaurant.com), a buzzy newcomer.
Don’t Miss: The richly preserved Bronze Age settlement of Akrotíri, sometimes referred to as the “Minoan Pompeii,” which reopened last spring. —Eleni N. Gage