All I can start by saying is *breath taking*
Book your flight, pack your bags and head out that door immediately.
If only it was that easy, *sigh*
But honestly here is why Santorini is on my recommendation list.
It really is like the Instagram pictures you see and it’s famous sunsets…minus all the 100,000 steps you will take in your vaccay but it’s so worth every single minute!!!
Just remember COMFY trainers, because I only took two types of vans with me for comfort and as spongey as they are, they’re not hiking shoes.
1. Love dessert? You’re heading to the right place. Any type of flavour you can think of, they’ve got it!
Ps I recommend the sour apple flavour!
Disclaimer *i had at least two a day* you’re on holiday right, it’s acceptable? Also nearly forgetting the extra large Nutella filled doughnut I had for breakfast one day…
2. Hire some transport – I cannot stress this enough, if you want to save $$$ look into hiring some wheels to get around! Despite how small the island is an hour drive from one side to another to be exact (our 6 minute drive to our hotel from the airport) we were charged €25 for a taxi…imagine doing that every day. No thank you I’m not made of money’sssss.
We hired a car which worked out €25 a day, which is pretty decent – before this trying a quad bike and it’s safe to say it was not for me!
Our trusty little car got us from a to b and in fact it was easier than a tour bus as we just used our sat nav and got to where we needed to be!
We stayed in Thira which was the “city centre” which was handy as that was one of the biggest tourist areas… but it was just not possible to walk to when the roads were like country ones and everyone drives like a maniac literally.
There was bus services but heading their end of October, I didn’t see many driving about…
3. Visit Oia the islands top tourist picture spot, it’s the top of the island and has the most beautiful views for the sunset..on the pricey side to stay but after staying in Thira I personally preferred being surrounded by more restaurants etc. Plus it was only a 20 minute drive which was bareable!
4. Visit all the surrounding beaches..red beach, black beach & white beach. All accessible mostly by climbing through some form of rocks lol so be prepared! Unless you visit the black beach at Kamari which was just like a regular beach! But the views were so worth it for the other two, the photo below was from red beach and be volcanic activity had created a stunning picture. *sad because it was way to cold for a dip*
^on the right side of the picture is where we had the climb up, to climb back down to get into the sanded bit! Be careful.
5. Do a boat trip – after being in Santorini for 4 days we soon realised due to the size of the island a week was just too long and you became stuck on things to do. So walking down to the port in Thira (after walking down 600 steps exactly) I felt the burn. We discovered daily boar trips and we signed straight up! We selected the 6 hour trip visiting the famous volcano, hot springs and a small island over the ocean called Therissa.
There is a donkey ride option up and down the steps but I wasn’t down for making the poor loves struggle. So a cable car was the other option back up! At €6 each I was not impressed…
*think of the toned legs, I kept telling myself*
Walking on a volcano has to be one of the coolest things I’ve done in 22 years of Shanice and even being told it was still live freaked me out but it was crazy!
Next the hot springs…well this was of course only accessible by getting into the sea as the boat couldn’t get to close to the bottom etc and for anyone that knows me, knows how much the sea petrifies me! (Not a strong swimmer at the best of times)
But I thought I’m only holiday, I’ll never probably experience this again, I need to do it. Only having to swim 20km to the hot springs I doggy paddled crying inside until my feet could touch the bottom! *and breath*
Therissa was a lovely little island with about 3 shops where we stopped for our daily dose of gyros – if you have had one I hope we can relate! If you haven try one immediately.
6. Wonder the streets of wherever you are in Santorini, I cannot stress how many hidden features we spotted on our trip. Like for instance a book shop on a cliff? It was so cute and just made a lovely setting over looking the sea.
This was in Oia and is pretty easy to find!
7. Visit the famous blue topped buildings. Literally everywhere but mostly in Oia – like the pictures you see on the internet…white washed.
It really is the best place if you love a good photo opportunity and want a pic for the “gram”. Although with any touristy place, there is tourists and a lot of them…I dread to think what it is like during peak season! So you have to be quick or just wait your turns if you don’t want to be photobombed.
8. The downsides of Santorini. With every place you visit there is always downsides you find and this is what I found out! It’s not wheelchair friendly in the slightest which can be quite restricting if you’re planning a visit with a loved one. Steps, steps and more cobble steps EVERYWHERE. Besides that I was pretty happy with my visit and cannot fault the place.
The people were pleasant and lovely, the tourists were lovely and offered to take photos for you – I didn’t feel like I had to hide my bag if that makes sense? Like if you’ve ever visited Barcelona that downside is that there is pick pocketers EVERYWHERE – I felt totally safe in Santorini!
I hope you have enjoyed my down low on my stay in Santorini – and if you want to see any more vaccay pics head over to my Instagram below.
Until next time angels.