Santorini is definitely one of the most strongly beautiful and spectacular spots on planet. This incredible scenery attracts thousands of visitors annually. The term 'Santorini' originates from 'Santa Irini', though it is formally known as Thera or Thira which is notorious for the enormous volcanic explosion which destroyed the settlements thereon, and created the current geological caldera. It is the southernmost member of the Cyclades group of islands, located between Ios and Anafi islands, with an area of about 73 km (28 mi ), and in 2001 had an estimated population of 13,600. Its fantastic natural beauty along with its eminent nightlife makes the island one of Europe's top tourist hot spots.
Fantastic is a word often used in describing the Greek islands but it must surely apply more than most to Santorini. An island of extraordinary contrasts, it can be both incredibly beautiful and deeply unattractive. The white cube houses and blue domed churches may fall over nicely down the cliff side in the capital Thira but its streets are heavily developed with costly cafes, fashionable shops, and near nightmare groups of visitors. Santorini has an extremely well-developed tourism infrastructure, featuring visitors a very wide selection of accommodation, such as Santorini hotels, studios, apartments, traditional houses, suites, villas and rooms for rent. The narrow pathways of the island are lined with designer boutiques, jewelry and craft shops that sell high quality goods. Santorini travel agents, tour operators, and car rental agencies can be found almost anywhere on the island, offering their know-how and travel services to make your holiday extraordinary.
Because of the spectacular and unique natural beauty of Santorini, several Greek singers have chosen the island, as the setting of their videos. Greek and a Brazial TV series have been view of Santorini, in addition to some Holywood movies (eg. Tomb Rider II). Generally Santorini is a extreme of attractiveness for Greek and international celebrities.