Our summer visit to Greece was highly anticipated with the promise of endless sunshine, clear blue waters and a culinary offering sure to make even the simplest of eaters drool in anticipation!
Hard pressed to select just two islands to divide our time between during our week away, we opted for Santorini and Mykonos. While perhaps some of the busiest and most touristy options, we felt we had to cross these off our list for our first visit to Greece.
And my word, they didn't disappoint.
This first post will focus on the beginning of our trip which was spent in Fira and Oia, Santorini, with a second to follow detailing the best of Mykonos.
Santorini was just as I had pictured, buildings awash with white and dressed with blue and pink perched atop ragged cliffs, all set above the deep blue of the Aegean Sea. Perfect! We took the opportunity to treat this as our first 'relaxation' holiday since our move to the UK over 18 months ago, and it certainly paid off. More than just a romantic spot for holidaymakers, Santorini has a diverse geographical history that can be seen in the many different mineral deposits around the island and the Caldera that is enclosed in the islands' bay.
Sure to get our fill of Gyro's, ice cream and all things greek, we also spent an afternoon sailing around the caldera, visiting the hot springs, several beaches and finishing off the day with a Greek BBQ and sunset at sea.
Santorini is one of the more expensive islands to visit, especially in the Cyclades, but if you choose wisely, you can certainly visit this stunning volcanic marvel on a budget.
Where to stay
We stayed at Porto Fira Suites, and I could not rate this place higher! Not only does it come with an infinity pool overlooking the caldera, but has the most delicious breakfast we had in Greece!
In Oia, we stayed around 15 minutes walk from the centre. It was fairly remote and had a slight desert feel but was considerably more affordable than options in the heart of Oia.
If you're looking for delicious Gyros, then Lucky's Souvlaki in Fira is your place! And for less than €3, you can't go wrong! There is often a lunch rush though, so give yourself plenty of time if you're in a hurry.
Rastoni had a great selection of traditional Greek cuisine, as well as other mediterranean dishes for a mid-range budget.
Pelekanos restaurant not only has a great view over the caldera be it for lunch or dinner, but it won't break the bank either.
What to do?
There are so many options for sailing trips around the island, be it a day cruise or sunset. We opted for a mid-range sunset sailing that set us back €95 for 5 hours of sailing, a full Greek BBQ and unlimited drinks on board as well as transfers to and from the port. There are many companies that offer similar trips, but we opted for Pelican Travel Services.
Visit Amoudi Bay
From Oia, you will need to take around 200 steps down to the port of Amoudi Bay, although there is an option to ride a donkey if you're not feeling up to the walk back up. With a series of traditional Greek Tavernas, the small bay offers great seafood overlooking crystal clear waters.
Walk the path from Fira to Imerovigli
The path from Fira to Imerovigli will take you around 45 minutes one way at an easy pace. There are some stairs and little shade, so remember to take water. And if you're feeling up to it, you can take the 3hr walk all the way to Oia from Fira.
I can't stress this enough, you don't need to pack your days in Santorini, spend some time each day by the pool, reading a book or simply enjoying a drink with a view.
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