Even from a distance, Santorini is a sight to behold. Surrounded by the azure Aegean sea and home to its famous flooded caldera, it’s a true gem of the Cyclades. This is the Greece that attracts tourists from all across the globe: the sugar cube-like houses glinting in the sunlight and the domes of Orthodox churches sending flashes of blue through the landscape.
The only trouble, of course, is that the island is almost too attractive. On the days when a cruise ship has docked, Santorini’s largest towns, like Fira and Oia, become packed with visitors. But don’t let that put you off. If you know where to look, there’s plenty of lesser-known, picture-perfect spots to stay in away from the hustle and bustle. Start your holiday here.