The 12 Top Scenic Islands in the World

By David Jeffreys - 2014-02-24T18:07:10Z

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5. Santorini, Greece

Pretty, whitewashed towns speckle 1,000-foot tall cliffs encircling a vast, peaceful lagoon and do little to suggest the extraordinary force of nature that created this unique Aegean island. One of the world’s largest volcanic eruptions occurred here more than 3,600 years ago and may well have inspired the umpteen-told tales of a lost city of Atlantis. Perivolas, rated number six in our Top 100 hotels in the world in 2013, has truly mythic views of the caldera.

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