On The Rocks boutique hotel, which is an
acclaimed member of 'Small Luxury Hotels of the World'
, stands proudly at 200 meters above the Caldera basin. Situated in the famous village of Imerovigli, On the Rocks hotel lays at 10 minutes away from the island's capital, Fira, and 6 miles from Santorini's airport and Athinios port.
Santorini's busiest beaches are the black-sand-and-pebble beach of Kamari on the east coast, and the soft black volcanic sands of Perissa and Perivolos
on the southeast coast. Both Kamari and Perissa have umbrellas and sun beds for hire, which are often reserved in advance through high season, as well as decent water-sports facilities.
The black sands can be very hot underfoot, so sandals are recommended. In addition, the Kokkini Paralia (Red Beach), backed by terracotta-coloured cliffs on the southwest coast, below Akrotiri, makes a memorable day trip.
The cliff-top towns of Fira and Oia, overlooking the caldera, are must-sees for their postcard-perfect, whitewashed, cubic buildings and blue-domed churches
that are typical of the Cyclades. Santorini's top archaeological site is Akrotiri, an ancient Minoan town buried beneath lava in 1600 BC.
Popular excursions from Santorini include boat trips around the deep-blue caldera, where visitors can explore the tiny uninhabited black volcanic islets of Palea Kameni (with hot springs and therapeutic muds) and Nea Kameni (home to the smouldering volcanic crater).