Santorini is postcard perfect. When we arrived at our hotel along the caldera and saw the view, it was so overwhelming that we needed time to soak it all in. The locals must be used to seeing dead weight tourist like us standing still, luggage in hand, with our mouths open just gawking. Everything is so peaceful and quiet, it is almost a shock to our rat race programmed system.
It is a beautiful place. We stayed in Imerovigli, a small village along the coast in between Fira and Oia and was a less touristy choice. A 45min leisure walk along a dirt path leads you from Imerovigli to Fira and we were rewarded with stunning views of the Mediterranean sea and the caldera along the way. The port is at Fira and the town was crowded with cruise ship tourists that docked for the day. Oia on the other end of the island is accessible by bus (too far to walk!) and is another tourist magnet and is touted as the best place on the island to see the sun set.
I strongly suggest taking a sunset cruise around the island and a half day cruise out at sea is more than enough. The view of the whole island is breathtaking when you see the cascading slopes of blue and white houses along the caldera. We enjoyed a half day cruise with Santorini Sailing Center which do semi-private cruises on their catamaran. They usually limit the number of customers to 10 but on our trip there was only us and another couple. It is slightly more expensive than other tour groups, but the little extra we paid was worth the exclusivity and personalized service we had.
Santorini Sailing Center Imerovigli Santorini
We rented a car for the day to drive around the island and visit some wineries. I suggest to give Greek wines a miss, and don’t even bother about visiting the wineries.
Where we stayed
Prices are ridiculously expensive for anything with a view and we found this very well priced small family run hotel. There were cheaper rooms but we took a superior studio with outdoor jacuzzi with a terrace at €205 a night, although I think we dipped our toes into the jacuzzi once just to say we used it. I suggest having breakfast on the terrace and the airport transfer. Angela and Chris were very friendly and we enjoyed our stay tremendously.
At €215 return on Aegean, it’s pretty expensive for a short flight from Athens to Santorini. For budget flights, you can consider flying in from neighbouring countries, like from Italy via Easyjet.