Different in every aspect from the rest of the Cyclades, Santorini is shaped like a crescent moon around the caldera, a volcano crater, with the main settlements built along its imposing cliffs. Don’t expect white sandy beaches, or hills that are rough and dry: in Santorini you will discover black volcanic sand and beautiful, lush vineyards. The capital city of Fira, although mobbed by crowds most of the time, is charming and beautiful, especially in the mornings, while Oia, traditional and romantic, is the best place on the island to enjoy sunset and top-notch food. Because of its shape and the distances between beaches and towns, it is better to explore Santorini with a rented vehicle: tourist season on the island lasts from April to November, so avoid August if possible, when the island is at its most crowded. If you like to explore and discover new places by yourself, then you definitely need to rent a car or scooter.