A hydrofoil ferry only took two hours to get to Santorini from Mykonos. Santorini (which is its Italian name under Venetian rule in the 13th century -- Thira is its true Greek name) is a giant caldera. Once a round island, it was blown apart by a volcanic eruption 3,600 years ago during the height of the Minoan civilization. There is a volcano in the center of the large, spectacular lagoon.
Approaching the port, villages hug the cliffsides high above the lagoon.
As we got closer to the shore, I noticed a switchback road. I couldn't quite believe they actually created a road on a cliff that steep.
Ah, but they did. The traffic zips up and down these cliffs all day and night.
Santorini is famous for its sunsets, and every evening crowds stop to admire the light, the reflections, and the colors.
Fira, the largest town on the island, has a large assortment of shops,restaurants and hotels. Many have terraces, even small pools cantilevered over the cliffside. The views they offer are surreal, especially magical in the evening hours.