Discover Europe’s Best Island While Sailing in Greece
The Greek islands have long been seen as the Mediterranean’s crowning glory, a scattering of over 1000 islets set amongst glittering azure seas. A recent reader survey by Travel + Leisure Magazine confirmed this, placing the Greek island of Santorini at number four in its list of the world’s best islands – and number one in Europe.
The latest outcome of this annual poll sees the island rising two places since last year, beaten only by the two Philippine islands of Palawan and Boracay and the Hawaiian island of Maui.
So, what is it that makes Santorini stand out from the crowd? The “gleaming white houses and blue-domed buildings perched on soaring cliffs above the sparkling Aegean Sea” described by Time + Leisure are enough to attract thousands of people sailing in Greece to the island each year.
Specific attractions include the sunset views afforded from the cliff-top village of Oia, which, as a result, is one of the world’s most photographed spots, the black sands of Perissa Beach on the island’s east coast and the unique ‘yposkafo’ – Santorini’s cave houses that today have been transformed into some of the most exclusive hotel rooms around.