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Santorini: The Perfect Romantic Island Getaway

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Whether you're looking for the perfect place to honeymoon, want to celebrate a milestone anniversary, or just want a fabulous European-inspired romantic getaway without the hassle of crowds and tourist traps, the island of Santorini, Greece may be just what you are looking for.

Santorini is located a little over 100 miles southeast of Greece's mainland, and about the same distance from the island of Crete. It is part of a group of over 200 tiny islands known as the Cyclades. Even if you have never heard of Santorini before, you would likely recognize pictures if you saw them. From the sparkling azure waters of the Aegean Sea to the unique architecture of little whitewashed cubes made from stone, Santorini and the other islands are a destination you and your love would never forget. Here are three things to do.

Relax On The Beach

The most popular beach on Santorini is Red Beach. The beach has breathtaking red rock volcanic formations and cliffs. There is also White Beach, with white and gray sand rather than red. When you grow tired on lounging on the beach, visit a nearby scuba diving, wind surfing, or jet-skiing outfitter to get out there and enjoy the warm, crystal-clear waters of the protected lagoon inside the crook of the crescent-shaped island.

Indulge Your Palate

The fresh seafood, fruits, vegetables, and unique cheeses and breads common in Mediterranean climates will not disappoint you if you are a true gastronome. Enjoy roasted lamb served alongside spanakopita, which is a spinach and feta cheese pie wrapped in delicate layers of phyllo pastry and baked until a golden brown. Stop at every souvlaki and gyros food cart you see; you can never get enough of fresh pita bread, barbecued meats on a spit or shaved, and served with Kalamata olives, feta cheese, onions, and tzatziki sauce, a refreshing cucumber and yogurt sauce. You'll also want to be sure to get as much fresh seafood as you can while you are there, especially brantada, a cod, garlic, and beer dish that is especially popular in Santorini.

Island Hop

With all of the other little islands in the Cyclades, it's very easy to catch one of the many ferries, water taxies, or charter a yacht to jump from island to island, and see what each one has to explore. Some have fantastic ancient monuments and private beaches while others are known for their picturesque wineries and specialty wines.

For more ideas for a vacation, contact a company like Stone Hearst.