13 Stunning photos from the island of Santorini
Picture Santorini in your mind’s eye and you might quickly stir to life images of milk white sands, cliff-side villas and umbrella-tipped cocktails, but this ancient land is so much more than that. Nestled in the Aegean Sea, the island is known as Thira to the locals, and calls to professional and amateur photographers like the Siren’s call from the sea. This island offers a plethora of stunning destinations that wouldn’t look out of place on a postcard, from lemon yellow sunrises over the town of Oia to red sand beaches that invoke the photographer, and the dreamer, in any visitor.
The caldera as its famously known is what makes Santorini that extra bit special for locals and tourists alike. A savage volcanic eruption tore through the island 3,600 years ago, forming one of the most breathtaking sights in all of Greece.
Today, the remnants of that explosion are known as the Caldera and it is best photographed from the surrounding cliff tops of this sea-filled crater. The crater is 12 x 7 kilometres in diameter and visitors can still experience the volcanic activity for themselves by venturing out into its heart. From here, gas emissions and hot springs serve as a constant reminder of the incident that forever changed the islands landscape, creating the sensational and stunning views that you see on Santorini today.
To inspire and encourage you to visit my favourite place in Europe I've put together some of my best loved travel photographs. I'm confident that they will give you a visual taster of what to expect when visiting this unique island paradise in the middle of the Aegean sea.