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A view of the seascape from mountainside Santorini, one of our Top Romantic Destinations Worldwide

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Wander the Hilltop Villages of Santorini

The Greek islands are sizzling, sexy, incredibly varied and multitudinous, but Santorini is our favorite for lovers. Yes, it’s overrun by tourists, but the charming island with its iconic white architecture retains its magic even amid the crowds. Most hotel rooms afford amazing ocean vistas. Also, you can choose almost any local restaurant perched high in the hills and overlook the Aegean Sea almost 1,000 feet below. Sipping wine (or ouzo, if you’re brave) and eating meze as the sun hits the water is a guaranteed romantic moment you’ll be dying to share with your Facebook friends — and remember for a lifetime. Visit Perissa and Kamari beaches with their black volcanic sand, meander through the quaint ancient villages of Pyrgos and Akrotiri, and sign up for a romantic swim in the volcanic hot springs, accessible only by boat. Don’t miss the sunset in Oia, the picturesque mountain village with its blue dome roofs and pastel buildings perched high above the sea.

 

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