Setting off to the Greek Islands to soak up the sun and waters of the mediterranean is high on most peoples ‘must do’ travel lists. I was no different and of those islands there was one which I was particularly interested in visiting. It is known as the most romantic of the Greek Islands, Santorini. There are a number of ways to get to Santorini, from high speed ferries which hop from island to island, to flights from Athens via companies like Expedia. Come and explore the magic of this beautiful island.
Once there, it became clear that Santorini offered more than just spectacular sunsets while enjoying fresh snapper and ouzo in restaurants overlooking the volcano from Fira. Santorini is actually more famous for it’s other small town, the town of Oía located in the north. Oía is the place to see if you make it to Santorini, the place where many a famous photograph has been shot. The small town hugs the steep mountainside and is littered with small houses, cafes and stores, all linked with winding paths. The are few places as photogenic as Oía and even fewer as romantic. We enjoyed exploring the many hidden paths among the colourful buildings and doorways and followed this up with watching the sunset over the windmills on the tip of the town. Once the sun retired we enjoyed a romantic dinner overlooking the silhouette of the rest of Santorini and the flickering lights of Fira.
When finally waking from an evening of romance we discovered Santorini has plenty of daytime activities. Our first stop is always a coffee and thankfully the Greeks on Santorini know how to make a good one. Grabbing an iced coffee called a cappuccino fredo is a great way to start the day on Santorini before heading to one of the many unusual and popular beaches. Hiring a car is easy but if you find the streets a little too narrow or would simply like to feel the wind in your hair then quad bikes are a great alternative. Quads and cars can be found in Fira and cost around 15 & 25 Euro respectively. Once you have your coffee, wheels and a map you are ready to explore the island and head to the beaches.
When it comes to unique beaches Santorini boasts the most with red, black and white beaches. These varied beaches are all thanks to the volcanic activity of the island and on Red Beach (Kokinni Ammos) you will find both red and black pumice and an impressive red cliff sheltering the small cove. Further along the east coast of the island both White (Aspri Ammos) and Black (Perimos) Beaches can be found with more breathtaking views.
Spending the days on Santorini soaking up the sun, swimming and exploring the small villages and many cafes leaves you feeling like life doesn’t get much better, and maybe it doesn’t. Great food, great people and great weather. What more could one ask for?
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