Love's a Trip

Santorini: You, Me, and the Sea

Dec 3, 2004
Outside Magazine

Even post-Olympics, Greece Shines: The brilliantly colored Santorini

On the far northwestern end of Santorini, nearly toppling off sheer cliffs that drop to the Aegean Sea, sits Oia, a tiny Greek village of white houses and blue-domed churches. Start your own story in this history-packed place, from the ancient winding pathways to seas that Homer's heroes once ruled. THE LOVE NEST: On the outskirts of town, an enclave of caves—used as homes, stables, and wineries by fishermen and farmers 300 years ago—has been renovated into the luxe Perivolas Traditional Houses. These cozy yet spacious homes are furnished with local antiques and have private stone patios overlooking the sea. (Doubles from $450, including breakfast; 011-30-22860-71308, DOUBLES PLAY: If you can tear yourself away from Perivolas's pleasant labyrinth of vineyards and fig trees, have the hotel staff arrange a five-hour sailing trip to little-visited Santorini beaches and the minuscule islands of Thirasia and Aspronisi.

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