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Want to visit Atlantis? A holiday on Santorini is the next best thing, because this Greek island, the site of an apocalyptic volcanic eruption thousands of years ago, is said to have been the inspiration for the legend of the lost city. There's certainly drama to be had here, but only in terms of the jaw-dropping sea views and rugged, epic coastline. From traditional tavernas serving up hearty Greek feasts to winding cobblestoned streets, it's as picture-perfect as European beach holidays get.

Things to see

White-washed houses and wide sandy beaches make Santorini a paradise for sun-worshippers and lovers of the idyllic Aegean region. The capital of the island, Firá, is a must-see with its rustic abodes, friendly tavernas, and panoramic vistas across the western edge of the island. Just wandering around is a worthwhile activity here, although you can get your grey matter working too with a visit to the Museum of Prehistoric Thera. Here there's a treasury of excavated relics, from jagged ceramics and ages-old jewels to fascinating wall paintings and artefacts used in barely-remembered rituals. To the south of Santorini is the village of Kamari which is famed for its striking black sand beach – quite a contrast to the whites and greens of the rest of the island. For some of the most staggering sunsets you've ever seen, be sure to visit the settlement of Oia towards the end of the day. Then, for more history, check out the Bronze Age ruins of Akrotiri, which was buried in volcanic ash after the cataclysmic ancient eruption.

Hotels in Santorini

There are hotels in Santorini to suit every taste. Perhaps you'd like your guestroom to have a quaintly rustic sort of look, with terracotta pots, flowers, and tiled floors, or you'd prefer a more sleekly contemporary vibe with funky, colorful walls and polished wooden floorboards? It's all on offer, and some of the hotels reach 5-star standards of luxury. Saying that, even those in the lower price brackets will offer resort amenities like shimmering outdoor pools and balconies with sea views. You can also typically make use of free WiFi and chill out in front of flat-screen televisions if you need to cool off from the sun.

Where to stay

It may be a small island, but there are so many hotels in Santorini that it can be a rather pleasurable challenge to choose the best one for you. Almost all of them are on the coast, which will come as no surprise, and they tend to be densely clustered at various hotspots. So you'll find plenty of hotels in and around the capital, Firá, and in Oia further north, which is famed for its unparalleled views across the Aegean Sea. There's also a huge amount of accommodation available in Kamari, ideal if you want to spend a lot of time on its iconic black beach, and the beach village of Perissa boasts its own wide selection of pads to choose from.

How to get to Santorini

Unusually for an island in the Cyclades group of islands, Santorini has a major airport. During the peak spring and summer seasons, Santorini National Airport caters to flights to and from a very wide range of major cities from all across Europe. While on the island you can make use of the buses, although these can be infrequent and taxis are often shared. You might be better off just hiring your own car for the duration of your holiday.