Holidays in Santorini
Holidays in Santorini, the dream of a lifetime for many people.
Santorini, or Thira, is the top destination in Greece and among the most romantic destinations in the Greek islands and also in the world. Located in the Aegean Sea, in the Cyclades islands, Santorini island was the site of one of the largest volcanic eruptions in the world and what remains today is a submerged volcano and a caldera. Amazing villages has been constructed on the edge of this caldera, with Cycladic architecture and breathtaking view to the sea. Apart from the fabulous caldera villages, Santorini Greece is also famous for the romantic sunset, the volcano and the luxurious resorts. This Santorini travel guide will give you all the necessary information to organize your holiday.
What to Do and See in Santorini Greece
First let’s do a quick overview of what Santorini looks like.
See it is a big C if you will surrounding the caldera which is the “active” volcano area. Everyone talks about Oia this and Oia that (pronounced Eee-yah). Well Oia is on the point and the farthest away from everything. Also, the sunsets are the prettiest in Imerovigli because you are straight onto them as opposed to Oia, which is on the point. Plus in Imerovigli, there are fantastic restaurants walking distance.
Also, in Imerovigli you are a 25 minute walk to Fira. Fira is the capital and a little more touristy. That is where all the shopping is and it feels more like a port city if that makes sense. That is where all the donkeys are if you have heard about Santorini. We never even encountered them but we will discuss further. So if you stay in Oia, you are pretty isolated over there. Don’t get me wrong it’s beautiful but you are just on the farthest point from anything else.
Now let’s chat about how to get there.
You can take the “high speed” ferry or fly. If you can fly from Athens I would highly recommend it. Aegan airlines flies you in between all the islands and will take you directly to Santorini, Greece.
Once you are there how do you get around?
It all depends on where you stay. If you take the ferry into Santorini you will arrive at the new port. There are taxis at the port as well. I would recommend trying to pre-arrange your pick up because I have a feeling they are very expensive at the port. Read down further about ways to get around the island.
What to do?
Walk/Hike the Caldera Path
The days you want to get moving there are so many things to do. You can walk the Caldera over to Fira and take in all the sights along the way.
Take a Tour
There are so many tours in Santorini that you can arrange ahead of time or you hotel can help you. You can do a Catamaran sailing trip. They bring you to all the famous beaches, the red, white and black beaches. You can jump off and snorkel, then they take you to the hot springs and finally end with lunch on the boat, they also have a sunset cruise. It is pricey but really worth it!
Rent Four Wheelers/Scooters
Once again your hotel can arrange this for you. They will call them, have them delivered and arrange the pickup. Super easy. The scooters are around 20 euros a day and the four wheelers 40. It varies with the peak of the Season (July/August) in Santorini Greece.
Check Out the Wineries/Beer Tastings
The second form of income in Santorini Greece is their agriculture, aka wineries. There are parts of it that reminds of the Italian countryside. You can either go on an arranged wine tour or pick your own. The Boutary Winery is beautiful and very educational.
Eat Amazing Food and Drink Wine
More on that down below.
Take Hundreds of Pictures
So you can look back and relive the beauty.
You can sit and relax in a spacious sun deck, bathing in the sun, reading magazines and books. Then, occasionally glance up like…..”can you believe this beauty??? Look at this view?!?!?”
Here is the view of the actual clouds rolling over us. looks like fog……but nope it’s the clouds.
Where to stay
If you want complete peace and serenity, stay there. If you need a little more hustle, then stay in Fira or Oia. Plus, a lot of the places include breakfast but made to order anything you wanted with this view???? Yeah, you see why it is a complete dream.
What to wear
Definitey bring sneakers. You will need them if you are hiking along the caldera. Santorini feels like it is uphills both ways…..I’m not joking. Just bring the sneakers and don’t worry about what you look like. Bathing suits, cover ups and something you can get sweaty in walking. And if you are so high up it will get chilly at night, so a light jacket or big scarf. If you go in the heat of the Summer you will most likely be fine. Also, bring a hat to shield the sun because that sun is strong.
What to bring
Sunscreen. I cannot stress that enough. Since you are so high up, you get great breezes but you will burn. Bring 50 and reapply, then reapply again. Dramamine for the ferry or the catamaran. Sneakers for your hike and the most important your camera to capture all the once in a lifetime sites.
What to eat
Everything. Hotels have a hefty breakfast every morning. Insiders tip you may laugh but pack ziplock bags with you. Those chocolate croissants at breakfast??? Yeah you know when they taste great? At 2 in the afternoon after a 45 minute hike or make a little sandwich from your croissant and breakfast meats. Trust me, it is the perfect snack to hold you over to dinner.
Avocado and Anogi in Imerovigli (multiple times it is just so good). Then Argo in Fira. Highly recommend. You can make a reservation for a table with a sunset view by email. Selene is world renowned.
Takeaway points. Everyone is very friendly and speaks English. It is clearly not their first language but you will be able to get by. Get your Euros before you get over there. Most places take credit card but they prefer cash. I will touch on this more but in Europe the tipping system is different. A lot of times it is included already in the price, so read your bill. With that said, they do rely solely on tourism for their source of industry so if your service is great, it is greatly appreciated by the locals. Bread and water is not included in your dinner and you will be billed if you ask for it. It is safe over there but like with all things, just be mindful. Make sure to stay close to other people on the path and not be entirely by yourselves but that is just common sense.
Source : meetat-thebarre