I left my heart in Santorini
Up until this visit, I thought that whenever I got married, I would want to honeymoon in Zanzibar. Change of plans! Santorini wins hands down. Beautiful doesn’t even captivate just how magical it was, we mostly just wandered around saying “wow” and repeating to each other how breathtaking it all was.
My 21st birthday was nothing short of stunning views and delicious greek cusine.
We rented a car for the for the duration of our stay because we were worried about the buses being overcrowded and slow. It was such a relief becuase we got to stop for as many photo ops as we wanted, something I don’t think a bus driver would have been so keen for, no matter how nicely I asked.
Where to stay?
Booked on Expedia - Easy Jet flights (London Gatwick to Thira) and all inclusive accommodation at Apanemo Hotel.
£304 TOTAL COST
Things to do
Considering Santorini is one of the most visited destinations in all of Greece, there are endless opportunities when it comes to things to see and do on the island.
From the tasting of fantastic high-quality, local wines to sailing around the island, watching the sunset from Oia, and visiting one of the many museums, there is no shortage of activities on Santorini.
Be sure to choose your activities in Santorini carefully because there are some things you won’t want to miss.
Many of the island’s finest wineries are located around ancient ruins and archaeological dig sites.
A winery tour is pretty much the ideal type of tour to see both as you’ll be exploring both at almost the same time.
On top of that, wine from Santorini is truly a delicacy, as it’s been something the locals have been doing for over a thousand years.
Must Try Seafood in Ammoudi Bay
Santorini is known for its seafood and Amoudi Bay is one of the best places on the island to find it.
The food in Ammoudi Bay is always fresh and locally caught — you’ll see why as soon as you arrive in the bay and sit down at and you’ll be eating delicacies the locals have been making for centuries.
Visit the Red Beach
Located in Akrotiri Village, Red Beach is one of the most popular beaches in Santorini due to its black sand beach and the red rock cliffs that surround it.
Parking can be tough to find during high season so be sure to get there early. If you’re worried about finding a spot, do yourself a favor and rent an ATV instead of a car.
Pair your visit to Red Beach with a visit to Perissa (Black Sand Beach) and get both of the most popular beaches in Santorini checked off of your list in a single day.
Visit Perissa Black Sand Beach
The volcanic activity that shaped the island in the past has had an influence on every part of the island of Santorini.
The black sand beach in Perissa is so unique thanks to volcanic eruptions, and it’s a type of sand that is always warm to the touch.
Watch the Sunset in Oia
Oia is home to beautiful cliff side acommodations and more importantly Santorini’s most popular spot to witness the sunset each evening.
Thousands of tourists arrive to Oia each evening just before sunset to watch the sun melt into the horizon in the distance and it’s truly a sight that cannot be missed.
In other words, a trip to Santorini is not complete without joining the crowds to see the sunset.
Tip: Bring a bottle of wine and some snacks with you. Don’t forget to arrive early to beat the crowds and secure your spot.
There are a few options when it comes to getting to Oia:
The best way to reach Oia is to rent a vehicle (preferably an ATV due to the ease of parking).
You can also reach Oia by taxi but please note that it’s going to be quite an expensive taxi ride. Also, remember that finding a taxi back to where you’re staying is also a challenge especially considering you’ll be fighting hundreds of other tourists who want to get back to Fira and other parts of the island.
Adventurous souls will enjoy the beautiful hike from Fira to Oia which can be completed in 2.5-3.5 hours depending on your pace. You will need to figure out a way back afterwards as the trail will be pitch dark after sunset. Hiking from Fira to Oia is amazing and absolutely recommended during your trip to Santorini
Greek food is one of the most unique and delicious cuisines in the world and a cooking class in Santorini is a great way to learn something new while you’re on your holiday.
Santorini has been inhabited for thousands of years; a place of many legends and myths, early civilizations, and deep history.
Santorini has a few museums which catalogue and record all of this wonderful history.
Santorini’s Museums include:
The Archaeological Museum in Fira
The Museum of Prehistoric Thira
The Megaro Gyzi Cultural Center
Here, you’ll find ancient pottery, items, and stories, but also artistic and social events that range from painting exhibitions to theatrical performances and even traditional dances.
Exploring the waters, cliffs, and rugged rocks of Santorini while on a kayak is one of the best experiences you can have on the island.
There is a peculiar feeling about it as you’ll be constantly in view of the island on one side and the gorgeous Mediterranean Sea on the other.
The Sea is often crystal clear, and if you look down, you’ll get to see the diverse marine life as well as stunning underwater natural beauty.
Best Time to Visit Santorini
Each month brings something unique to the table when it comes to figuring out when to visit Santorini.
You can visit the island any time of the year and still have a great time, but you’ll have to manage your expectations if you’re planning to visit during the off-season.
Firstly, you should know that the temperature in Santorini starts to get quite chilly after mid to late October and doesn’t warm up until mid-April or May.
Summer time is high season (Mid-May through early September), and it’s generally considered the best time to visit Santorini if you’re looking for full access to the island.