Postcards from Santorini
Postcards from Santorini
I’m going to get straight to the point: This was the most perfect place I had ever been. In Greece. In Europe. In the world. Everything was amazing, from the weather, to the food, and finally the company. Santorini was truly full of surprises for me because I expected it to just be a pretty place for love birds on their honeymoon… but really it’s so much more!
If you’re a nature lover, Santorini is the place to go for hiking and walking with incomparable views and perfect weather you can rely on. Really you can walk the entire island, but as I’ll share in a later post, the most popular is the hike from Fira to Oia. This hike takes a couple hours (and it can get really hot) but the caldera views and the architecture along the way are so beautiful you’ll barely notice how long you’ve been walking.
Another great activity for adventure junkies is 4 wheeling. You can rent a quad for 20-25 Euro for a whole 24 hours. And not the fake 24 hours like they do on those European city buses, but the real 24 hours so you can even 4 wheel to a beach club in the middle of the night if that’s your thing, haha. Or ride back to your hotel the morning after….. Whatever floats your boat. Just 10 Euro of gas will take you from one end of the island at Oia to Fira, Perissa, the Red Beach, the lighthouse at the other end of the island and back. It’s really worth it and you can plan your day as you wish.
Oh and yeah, there are lots of beach clubs and entertainment for the younger (single) crowd. While a lot of the island is quiet after sunset, Fira is alive with great restaurants and bars for a nightcap.
It’s pretty obvious that the seafood of the island is *perfection* but Santorini has a specialty that I couldn’t have enough of: Domatokeftedes. Basically they’re batter fried tomatoes but wow, they taste like so much more. Make sure to order them at every dinner you have on the island.
Getting to the island also isn’t too expensive with flights directly from Athens and other large cities in Europe. We flew Ryanair but there were comparable prices from Aegean. I personally would not take the ferry because that takes 8 hours while the flight in just over 30 minutes. I mean, c’mon, you’ll want the extra 7.5 hours on the island.
So do I think Santorini is a good idea? Umm, yeah. Go as soon as you can. Go if you’re in love. Go if you’re not. Go if you’ve got some spare change hanging around with your best friends.