Santorini is the Greek island you must visit before you die

There's a good reason nearly two million visitors have gone there this year.

ByABC News
October 7, 2017, 6:14 AM

— -- Santorini is hardly a secret.

Nearly two million visitors will have descended upon the romantic destination this year alone.

Arguably the most famous of the Greek islands, Santorini is instantly recognizable for its whitewashed, cube-shaped buildings adorned with blue accents, steep cliffs and tangerine sunsets that light up the sky and sea.

Unusual red and black sand beaches, top-notch local wineries and excellent tavernas serving up fresh fish and fava also await, whether you choose to arrive by ferry (high-speed and slow options are both available) or plane.

But Santorini is more than just a pretty face. The paradisiacal destination witnessed one of the largest volcanic eruptions in history, and has plenty of historical sights to take in as well. The Archaeological Museum of Thera, the Museum of Prehistoric Thera, the Minoan Bronze Age ruins at the Akrotiri Archaeological Site and a visit to the volcanic island of Nea Kameni are all solid options.

Many visitors to Santorini are honeymooners, and as such, you’ll find plenty of luxury hotels designed with couples in mind.

Most of these are located in and around the charming towns of Fira, Firostefani, Imerovigli and Oia. The latter is located on the island’s northwestern tip and is well-known for its sunsets, though expect massive selfie stick-toting crowds.

Tip: To escape the masses, watch the sunset from one of the other aforementioned towns, or book a sunset cruise. You’re bound to fall in love with the island -- day or night, sunrise or sunset.