All Greek islands are beautiful in their way, but Santorini is special, it is one of the symbols of the country, photographs of the island can be found in many guidebooks. Its white houses with blue domes, blue frames of windows, and doors are located on the rocks, sculpted almost vertically one above the other. Therefore, from anywhere in the city – an amazing view of the sea, the crater of the volcano, and the white-blue houses.
Why are the houses on Santorini island white and the roofs are blue? The houses are painted this way for a specific reason. True, there are two different versions, one political, the other mystical:
According to one version, during the Second World War, when the Germans who occupied the island forbade proud Greek citizens to hang Greek flags, Santorini residents painted their houses in the colors of the Greek flag (blue and white) overnight.
The second story tells that superstitious people believe that restless souls do not want to fly to heaven but seek to penetrate the earth into houses. That is why sky-blue roofs are designed to disorient evil spirits, let them think that this is the sky, get confused and fly away.
Even the legend of the deceased Atlantis attracts tourists to the island. The death of this island, described by Plato, by all indications resembles the eruption of the Santorini volcano, which occurred about 1650 thousand BCE. The eruption was so large that as a result of its crater, the volcano failed and a huge caldera formed, which was immediately filled by the sea. Almost the entire island went under water, what we are seeing today is its edges. From the ancient island-volcano, there was only the currently visible crescent with a cliff of more than 300 m in the western part and gentle beaches of the eastern part.
But today the island is a small paradise. No one thinks of disasters, admiring the calm sea and the blue-white settlement flooded with the sun on the elephants of the rock.
Santorini has gained popularity among tourists with postcard views of cozy towns, houses and luxury hotels which descend with ledges to the sea. And the village of Oia can rightfully be considered a visiting card of the island. Oia's photos and famous Santorini sunsets attract tourists all over the world to Greece. Rather, it is not even a city, but a village – a settlement where fewer than two thousand people live. Yes, Oia is small. But incredibly beautiful! It is located in the northwestern part of the island at an altitude of 100 meters above sea level. It captivates with its architecture, silence and picturesque panoramas.
Santorini is not just a very romantic island: couples from all over the world fly here for a romantic vacation or honeymoon trip. And the island provides lovers with a unique setting. The rooms are almost everywhere doubled, there are two-seater quad bikes and minicars for rent, even the menu in the restaurant includes dishes for two. In the morning, wedding photo sessions are often found on the streets and roofs of Oia. It’s like a wedding cake: puff “cakes” of volcanic rock and “whipped cream” – snow-white houses. According to an ancient legend, a wedding held here holds together hearts in love forever.
If you want to have a wedding on Santorini, we recommend you read the article Perfect Wedding on Santorini. 5-Steps How To Organize It. Here everything breathes love. Each street opens up a new breathtaking view: dollhouses, painted staircases, tiny observation decks. It is simply impossible to visit the most beautiful snow-white Greek island and not hold a photo session in Santorini, because this island is the most photographed in the whole world! In addition to the beautiful caldera and luxurious villas, Santorini island is rich in picturesque landscapes, unusual beaches, amazingly beautiful Greek churches, which will be a wonderful decoration for a photoshoot in Santorini.
To make pictures especially atmospheric, we advise you to rent the famous flying dress from SantoriniDress and have a romantic photoshoot with your loved one at sunset. The best sites for such shooting can be found in the article Best Santorini Locations for Sunset Photoshoot.
To have such experience is possible only in this magical place. So take your soulmate and go to the island of dreams! Just do not sit in the hotel! These magnificent landscapes seem to be specially created for the camera lens, and hugs and kisses on the edge of the cliff in combination with breathtaking natural landscapes will forever remain in your hearts.