Ah, Santorini. There are few places in the world as iconic—and romantic—as this stunning jewel of the Greek Islands. Santorini (also known as Thira or Thera) may be a victim of travel writing clichés, but each one of them is earned, thanks to surreal images of white-washed buildings perched atop dramatic coloured cliffs and overlooking the glittering waters of the Aegean Sea. It’s the kind of place that lulls you into a dreamlike state, thinking ‘this is the way to live.’ It’s also a site of geological significance: the largest volcanic eruption in recorded history, some 3,600 years ago, took place on the current site of Santorini island. Some historians believe the eruption caused a tsunami that led to the collapse of the Minoan civilization on the island of Crete. There’s also a legend that the eruption site is none other than the lost city of Atlantis.