An island of pretty little whitewashed villages sitting on top of a mountain surrounded by the Aegean Sea – Santorini in Greece is a dream destination for every traveller. One of the most popular island in the world, it is every bit worth the praise it gets ! The picture perfect sceneries, amazing hotels & resorts, great food & wine – this place will bring your nerves at ease and let you feel one with the blue…
The place draws a lot of crowd during the summers, however it is not a bad idea to visit Santorini during the months of October to enjoy its beauty, heritage & cuisine when it is not filled with plenty of tourists & the prices are not soaring high !
Here are a few things about Santorini that makes it a great place to travel to !
The beautiful towns of Santorini
The island has many towns that will leave you absolutely mesmerised !
A small town in Santorini, located along the Caldera, Oia is known for its picturesque beauty. The beautiful whitewashed houses of the sea men, narrow cobbled streets, lovely cafes & hotel pools overlooking the caldera – this place is a unique wonder. When in Oia, you must definitely hike down to Amoudi Bay – a port, famous for beautiful sunset view.
Where to eat : Ambrosia at Oia, Skala at Oia, Katina Taverna at Amoudi Bay & Dimitri’s Taverna at Amoudi Bay
Where to Stay : Mystique, Perivolas, Ikies Traditional Houses & Canaves Oia Suites
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The capital of Santorini, this place is filled with tiny white houses, blue doms & breathtaking natural beauty and features the ruins of the Bronze Age settlement of Akrotiri. The mule ride to the top of the cliff is a popular activity amongst tourist.
You can alternatively also take the cable cart. Located centrally amidst the town hustle, it is a great place to stay during your holidays. While you are here, don’t miss a feast at the very famous, “Selene Restaurant” at Pygros.
Where to eat : Naoussa, Argo, 1500, Lucky’s Souvlaki
Where to Stay : Aria Suites, Cosmopolitan Suites
AKROTIRI : An ancient Minoan town that got buried under volcanic ash post the explosion that took place in 16th century BC – this place is one of a kind. Excavations of multi storied buildings, roads & a drainage system shows how Akrotiri is a remnant of Santorini’s great history.
Sunsets to remember for a lifetime !
The place is known for having some of the most amazing sunsets in the world & there is no doubt about it ! The mesmerising view from Oia – the sun setting in the shimmering water, the orange glow on the white houses is something you will remember forever. Other places to enjoy the beautiful sunset from are Fira, Skaros Rock at Imerovigli , Faros – Akrotiri or from a sunset cruise – a great way to see the place !
Sun basking at the gorgeous beaches
The pebbled beaches of Santorini are a little different & offer some of the most unique experiences – sun basking on the red & black sands, being one. You can easily rent a chair to sun bask on these volcanic beaches while enjoying riveting views of the blue Aegean water, as well as good food & drinks from the cafes on the beaches.
Most beaches have a fun vibe to them & are absolutely family friendly! Kamari Beach is recommended for Sun basking while Amoudi Bay for swimming !
Do not miss a gourmet greek meal at Nichetra at the Kamari Beach.
Beaches to be at : Kamari Beach, Perissa Beach, Red Beach, Amoudi Bay & Perivolos Beach
Amazing Drinks to fall in love with !
Also, a great destination for wine tasting, wine lovers should definitely take a wine tour to taste some of the best wines of Europe & the unique taste of the wine from Santorini !
Cafes & Hotels with amazing view !
The infinity pools overlooking the caldera is one of the most appealing thing about staying at Santorini. Hotel with mind-blowing interiors & the greatest views are present in plenty here.
Some great hotels to stay here are Aigialos Luxury Traditional House, Aria suites at Fira, Mystique at Oia & Perivolas at Oia amongst many others. However, if you are done with the pool, head out to al cafes like Ambrosia & 1500 where you can lift your spirits to another level!