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No. 1 Santorini, Greece

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An
ancient island that endured one of the largest volcanic eruptions in history,
Santorini, 120 miles southwest of mainland Greece, feels like no other place on
earth. Here, everything is brighter: the whitewashed cube-shaped houses, the
lapis lazuli sea, and the sunsets that light up the caldera. So it seems about
time that Santorini captured the No. 1 island title for the first time in World’s
Best Awards history—beating out Maui, Bali, and the Galápagos. For the ultimate
trip, base yourself in picturesque Oia, on the island’s northern tip, where
hotels are set on cliffs above the glittering Aegean Sea.

World's Best Islands 2011

No. 1 Santorini, Greece

An
ancient island that endured one of the largest volcanic eruptions in history,
Santorini, 120 miles southwest of mainland Greece, feels like no other place on
earth. Here, everything is brighter: the whitewashed cube-shaped houses, the
lapis lazuli sea, and the sunsets that light up the caldera. So it seems about
time that Santorini captured the No. 1 island title for the first time in World’s
Best Awards history—beating out Maui, Bali, and the Galápagos. For the ultimate
trip, base yourself in picturesque Oia, on the island’s northern tip, where
hotels are set on cliffs above the glittering Aegean Sea.

Art Kowalsky / Alamy

World's Best Islands 2011

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