Postcards from Santorini
The most popular island in Greece, maybe even in the entire world, Santorini is a dream destination to many. Spectacular vistas, active volcano, rich history, black sand beaches, fresh local food are just few reasons worth visiting the island.
Wether you are coming for a honeymoon, vacation with friends or family, the island will help you to create magical memories.
What to do
There is something for every taste on this island. Santorini is perfect for relaxing. Enjoy the views, walk the small towns, taste the food and wine. If you are into sporty mood and would like to enjoy places you wouldn’t be able to see from your car seat, go for hikes, there are few amazing hiking trails with the most rewarding vistas. 8.9 km or 2.5h hike from Fira to Oia is absolutely beautiful, you will walk through small villages with stunning caldera views and small churches. Bring plenty of water and good hiking shoes to make this hike more enjoyable. Or hike the Skaros Rock in Imerovigli, many steps up and down, little climbing and you are on the top of the world. A great place to enjoy sunset.
Try something new
After a good hike, treat yourself to something most probably you have never tried before – fish pedicure. Hundreds of tiny gar ruff fish will crowd around your feet and suck away your dry skin to stimulate blood flow. 10 minutes will cost you 10€ but it’s worth the fun and experiencing something new.
Where to eat
Greek islands are known for fresh seafood, flavorful tomatoes, feta cheese and locally pressed olive oil. And yes, greek yogurt with local honey for breakfast, is the best start of the day. Here are some of our favorite places:
For a low key meal head to Why Not! Souvlaki and try the local’s favorite fast food Souvlaki, meat gyros wrapped in pita bread, with tomatoes, onions, tzatziki sauce and fries. Sounds weird but tastes good. And it all for less than 3€.
For a dinner try Vanilla, simple local specialities like pork gyros, Moussaka, vegetable salads, grilled octopus and the best tzatziki sauce. Great wine, great food. Very attentive staff and did I mention the view?
For a lunch and little exercise take the stairs next to the castle in the end of Oia village and head down 200+ steps to cute little fishing village Amoudi Bay. Plenty of water side tavernas serving the catch of the day. We tried Dimitris Taverna, but would not come back. Instead Katrina’s Taverna is getting many good reviews. After the lunch, walk few hundred meters farther and enjoy swimming in a beautiful cliffside spot with crystal clear waters.
Suggested by a local, we had a dinner in Kyprida. Off the main street with a beautiful terrace, well decorated and with friendly staff. The salad and Moussaka was excellent, the Souvlaki and dessert not that exciting.
Great lunch enjoying caldera views in Volcano Blue. Try the Fava with Octopus, Greek salad, salmon or shrimps, it all was very tasty.
in Vlichada beach area
Great lunch spot with views on the fisherman port To Psaraki, being next to fisherman’s port you have the freshest seafood. Ask for the offer of the day and you will get fresh fish straight from the sea. Greek salad, fish ceviche and grilled octopus amazing.
When to go
Late September and early October is a perfect time to visit, the tourist crowds are gone (it’s still busy) and the climate is mild, warm days and cool nights. I can’t imagine how crowdy it gets here in the middle of summer but I don’t think it would be as enjoyable and relaxing as little after the season has ended.
How to get there
There are several good options to consider. Cruise ships being one of them, but the few hours you will get to spend on the island is not enough to even see a small part of the magic. Several European airlines offer direct flights to Santorini (EasyJet, British Airways, Air Berlin and more) or flights from Athens with Aegean Airlines or Olympic Air.
Have you been to Santorini yet? Tell us about your favorite spots.