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  • Writer's pictureGilly Cameron Cooper


Updated: Mar 9, 2020

Yes, it's Santorini island in the Cyclades, which rose, phoenix-like, from the volcanic ash, from one of the poorest Aegean islands since the 1890s, to the richest bucket list destination for international tourists. Behind the boutique hotels of the admittedly astounding caldera view and the flooding rivers of Chinese tourists in matching anoraks, are the extraordinary sights of a little-known Santorini - swarthy man and mule working a fields of ash; cave houses and wild west wadis carved from layers of soft volcanic rock, traditional working paths paved with hard, black and red lava, hydroponically grown super-food tomatoes packed with anti-oxidants. Read all about it and walk secret Santorini in my Guide to Walking Greek Islands. pre-order at

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