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The Bliss List: Santorini, Greece

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants for grown-ups.
Church bells in Santorini, Greece
Church bells in Santorini, Greece (Bob Jacobson/Corbis)

The Traditional Cave Houses at Alexander's Boutique Hotel of Oia—think white walls, cliff-side terraces, and gorgeous sea views—sleep from two to five and still have room for extra beds. Even better, you couldn't ask for a more charming and informed host than the owner, Alexander Bourtzoglou (011-30/22860-71818,, Cave House from $139).

At Vanilia restaurant, an 1872 converted windmill in the postcard-perfect village of Firostefani, dishes such as kotopoulo stin gastra, chicken with smoked Santorini tomatoes and sweet onion balsamic vinegar sauce, almost rival the scenery (011-30/22860-25631,, chicken $23).

It's worth arriving early at Franco's Bar. You can secure a cluster of deck chairs and sip a round of Maria Callas champagne cocktails until it's time for the evening's main event: the sun slipping into the sea, timed to classical music (011-30/22860-24428,, Callas cocktail $17).

Art Space Argyros Canava is a winery that doubles as a gallery, selling local paintings alongside its vintages (011-30/22860-32774). Krinos Art & Accessories stocks Sofia Balanou's handcrafted pillows painted with whimsical fish designs inspired by Santorini itself (011-30/69467-23374).

On the island's southeastern coast is Perivolos, a restaurant-lined black-sand beach ideal for people-watching and sunbathing. To get a taste of life as a local, visit the bustling village of Emporio.

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