Travel Guide: Santorini

Santorini has been all of the hype this year thanks to the wonderful world of social media. I’m sure you can attest to the fact that especially in the last few months you’ve seen numerous photos of those iconic blue topped buildings. Of course if it’s all over Instagram I have to go and see it for myself, so thats exactly what I did.

Unfortunately the weather was not ideal during our visit. It was in the 40’s and 50’s with clouds, which we did not pack for. This made it difficult for us to actually enjoy the island since the highlight is the beaches. Although we didn’t get to visit them due to the weather, we still made the most out of our four day visit. Our first day was the warmest, so we took full advantage of it and spent the day by the pool. That night we headed to the outskirts of Fira to catch the sunset and taste some Greek wine at Santos Winery. Dinners with a view are one of my favorite things. There is something so special about enjoying a meal with good company and taking in spectacular views.

Our second day, we rode ATVS from sunup too sundown. We started with coffee at our favorite spot, the Coffee Lab, and then headed out on our Santorini exploration. We drove around the entire island, saw every beach, and went to the highest peak. I honestly could have done that every day. We got to see so many parts of the island that we would not have been able to see nay there way. We drove off with out a map or a plan, got lost, almost ran out of gas, but we found Kamira beach and that was a win.

We saved the iconic Oia for our last day. It was about a 15 minute cab ride from Fira. It was not what I expected in any way. We walked from one side of the town to the other, up and down all the little side streets, popping in and out of all the local shops. The blue top buildings in all of the pictures you see? very deceiving. We hunted all over and you can only see them in one area, a little bit of a let down, but still something you have to see. After walking all over town we headed back to fira for our last dinner and it was by far the best. We ate at the most authentic Greek restaurant, Nikola’s. The wait staff was so fun and friendly. The best part? It was probably the cheapest dinner we had on our trip, but that’s normally how it goes.

Santorini was a great stop, definitely a must visit on your Greece itinerary. Our trip was a little rocky considering the weather, so I would definitely love to go back when I can enjoy the beach a little more. Check out all my recommendations on Eats, things to do, and our hotel review below.

Next stop… Mykonos!

Accommodations

San Giorgio

Our hotel was a steal hidden right off the main street of Fira. The staff was extremely friendly and so helpful throughout our stay. Transfers from the ferry and airport are included in your stay, which is always a plus. The only downside, was that there was no coffee pot in the room. The upside to that was it forced us to explore local spots. If you are tryingto ball on a budget in Santorini, I highly recommend staying in Fira at San Giorgio.

Restaurants

FIRA

Oia

  • Mis Amis
  • Passagio

Kamari Beach

  • Fishbone

Things To Do

  • Trail of the Gods
  • The highest point in Ancient Fira
  • ATV around the island
  • book a boat cruise and go island hopping
  • Kamari Beach

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