I was anxious to explore the island as soon as possible. There are a lot to see, from museums and galleries to cultural events…and much to do, from shopping to dining out and entertaining. The volcano can be seen from every point, but you can also book a tour to visit it. You can swim to the hot springs of the Palea Kameni island or you can be pampered on a romantic and quiet tour on a cruise wooden sailing boat with a glass of local wine while listening to soft music and admiring the colorful sunset of Santorini.
Fira has a great nightlife. Many bars and cafes are on Caldera and also some large clubs. Franco’s bar for an aperitif is the best choice before dinner. It is a bit expensive but who cares? It is definitely worth it! The delicious cocktails, the perfect sunsets, the classic music and the beautiful view of Caldera make it the ideal combination for an amazing evening.
All the villages are beautiful but my favorite is Oia. It is a traditional settlement in the north of Santorini. It’s difficult to describe the beauty of Oia by words. Small white houses, cobalt blue, red, pink and fuchsia. Churches and narrow little streets… In every corner, there is something new to discover! Oia is one of the most photographed places in Greece, if not in the world and is also known for the breathtaking sunsets. By the sunset time, everything and everyone stops moving’, although it’s very crowded. You can see people bringing a bottle of wine and hanging out on the cliffs of Oia admiring the picturesque sunset.
I couldn’t go to Oia without a stroll at Amoudi Bay. It is a small port with a few restaurants but in my opinion, Katina’s tavern is the best. It serves the best pasta with lobster I’ve ever eaten, but you have to make a reservation two or three days before.As for the beaches, Red beach is the most picturesque on the island. The unique landscape of red and black volcanic rocks, make an amazing scenery. The access is not really easy, as you have to leave the car in the parking and walk about two or three minutes, climbing up and down the hill and the falling rocks. The beach is also accessible by boat from Akrotiri port.
In my opinion, Perissa beach with the characteristic black sand, the crystal clear waters and the beach bars, is the best for swimming in Santorini.
Don’t forget to:
- Pre-book your tour tickets to the volcano in advance
- Visit wineries and try the local wine
- Buy local products as the famous Santorini’s fava
As I said before, neither words nor photos can describe the wild beauty of this island. It attracts tourists like a magnet and offers stylish vacations and unforgettable memories!
Until the next time…
Santorini, see you soon!