Soaking up the Sun in Santorini

Santorini really is as beautiful in person as it is in the pictures you’ve seen. The people are welcoming and friendly, and the weather is pretty decent year-round.

With its sheer and ragged cliff-faces, the ocean all around it, and those iconic white and blue buildings perched on top, Santorini is one of the most interesting places I have ever seen.

Soaking up the Sun in Santorini

Where to Stay

There are quite a few different towns you can stay in Santorini, each with their own quirks and comforts. A full list can be found here, but we opted to stay in Fira, which is the largest.

You can walk between many of the towns, so it is quite easy to station yourself in one, while still getting to experience the others.

For example, the walk from Fira to Imerovigli is breathtaking, offers amazing views, and a glimpse at some traditional houses, too.

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We chose to stay at Dream Island Hotel, a short stroll from the centre of town. Our hosts were super welcoming, transporting us between the ferry and their hotel; and welcoming us in like family. Breakfast was included in our fare, and each morning the selection included: cold meats and cheeses, fresh fruit, omlettes, bacon and sausages, warm croissants, juice, coffee, and tea. Heaven! I do love a good breakfast buffet.

The pool area is well furnished, and it felt like pure luxury diving in the cool water after spending time in the hot Grecian sun.

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What to Eat

There are a wide range of options to choose from when it comes to food. From your high-end fancy restaurants, right down to street vendors selling souvlaki.

We became obsessed with Greek souvlaki and chose this option more than once. However, we did sit down to delicious meals at Fanari and Niki restaurants, both of which offered excellent sunset views.

There are also quite a few frozen yoghurt stores in Fira, which is perfect for the hot summer months. I had at least one a day and I’m not even mad about it.

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Activities to Try

Although we were only in Santorini for three days in total, we managed to make the most of our time. We got plenty of pool-side action in; but also wanted to explore some different parts of the island, too.

Hiring an ATV is a great option for getting around Santorini. There are plenty of vendors to choose from, and they are all very competitive and keen for your custom. The roads are well kept and easy to navigate, and we didn’t come across much traffic.

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We took ourselves to the beautiful village of Oia, and also to the famous Red Beach in Akrotiri, which is definitely worth a visit, if even just for the view. It pays to get there early though, as the beach is very popular and fills up fast.

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Another great beach spot is the black stony shores of Kamara, which was much quieter.

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I’m usually not a ‘foot person’, but after seeing plenty of fish foot spas around Europe, we decided to give one a try in Santorini. It is such a weird feeling, all these mini fish pecking at your toes, but it was a pretty neat experience, and one I would try again.

Santorini is well known for its donkeys. Many tourists hand over their hard-earned cash to be taken up or down the steep Santorini steps by these gentle animals. I wasn’t one of those tourists, but having heard all about the donkeys, I did go and check them out. I will just say that the vendors are very pushy, and many of the so-called donkeys looked more like horses. It was really hot while we were there, and I felt bad for the donkey-horses, who seemed to spend their day out in the sun or carrying people around.

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Of course, there is plenty more to see and do during your time in Santorini, so I think we will definitely go back someday — for quite a bit longer next time.

I’d love to hear your thoughts:

Have you been to Santorini before? Where did you stay?
What was your favourite thing to do there?

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Author: Michelle

Michelle Harvey is a kiwi traveller, writer, photographer, list-maker, coffee drinker, and wanderer. Winter holidays are her favourite kind.

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