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    Santorini, Hellas: The Most Attractive Island in The World?

    Santorini, is an island in the southern Aegean Sea, about 200 km (120 mi) southeast of Greece's mainland. It is the largest island of a small, circular

    archipelago which bears the same name and is the remnant of a volcanic caldera. It forms the southernmost member of the Cyclades group of islands,

    with an area o f approximately 73 km2 (28 sq mi) and a 2011 census population of 15,550.

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    While simply sitting on a terrace and staring at the V-shaped wakes from the cruise ships arriving far below is more than enough sightseeing for many,

    Santorini has other charms to offer. One of these is Ancient Thira, where temples are carved into the cliffsides.

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    The island of Santorini is probably the most intriguing island of Greece. Simply its name is more than enough to unfold in mind stunning sunsets and

    scenery, white, red and black sand beaches, impresive traditional houses, balconies with vew to the Volcano and and lively night life. All the above,

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    allong with the remains of the antiquity and the myth of the Lost Atlantis justify the words which the tourists determine this wonderful island.

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    Everyone has read about the spectacular sunsets that occur on this island and the sceptic may question whe ther the setting sun can really appear

    differently here than from the neighbouring islands of Naxos or Ios. Nevertheless, the sunsets at Santorini, viewed from the Caldera, really are

    breathtakingly beautiful when seen as a backdrop to the volcano. The colours that streak the sky change from lilac to deep purple, from yellow to

    orange to red, as the golden sun sinks and becomes blood red reflecting its light on to the sea and the surrounding little islands, an amazing scene for

    photography.

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    It is the most active volcanic centre in the South Aegean Volcanic Arc, though what remains today is chiefly a water-filled caldera. The volcanic arc is

    approximately 500 km (310 mi) long and 20 to 40 km (12 to 25 mi) wide. The region first became volcanically active around 34 million years ago,

    though volcanism on Thera began around 2 million years ago with the e xtrusion of dacitic lavas from vents around the Akrotiri.

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    As for the wine, October is the best month for tasting the new seasons vintages. Santorinis wines are prized for their Italian flavour during the

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    Crusades, a Venetian nobleman seized the island and his influence is still tasted in the sweet, crisp whites and ross on offer and October 22 is the

    religious feast day of Agios Avekios, the patron saint of wine.

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