Santorini has always been a favourite destination. Its haunting past, its impressive location, the mystery that surrounds it added to warm, genuine people and exquisite food and wine make it a real jewel of the Aegean.

This year it was voted the best island by the readers of travel + leisure magazine and its inhabitants are understandably proud.

Prsonally I visited Santorini a few years back and while I enjoyed every minute of my stay I would visit in July and not August when it gets really crowded. Famous for its “black” beach – a memory of its volcano- its arty atmosphere and the high quality of its night life Santorini beats Mykonos hands down.