Welcome to Greece!
We recently visited Santorini for our honeymoon and wanted to share some of our favorite spots with you. We stayed in Oia, a charming town sitting on the island of Thira with breathtaking views of the caldera and the winding cobblestone streets. The brilliant blues set on the whitewashed houses had me feeling as if we were walking through a postcard!
Best time to go: April-October but the best months to go are June and September. We went in late June!
Where we stayed: Perivolas Hotel
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Perivolas Hotel is tucked away at the very end of the island and couldn't have been more tranquil. There are so many choices when it comes to staying in Santorini and the hotels are in every price range. Wherever you stay will be beautiful but Perivolas for us was a dream come true!
Canaves Oia Suites
*Santorini is also home to many Airbnb's!
Where to Eat: There are endless yummy dining options in Santorini. We dined mainly in Oia as this was our home base for four days. Some of our favorites include...
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Over one million people flock to Santorini every year, therefore there are very heavy tourist spots and crowded areas. We prefer to steer clear of the heavy crowds and find those places off the beaten path where even the locals enjoy spending their time. Oia Vineyart is just this! There are no water views overlooking the caldera, instead you wind down a narrow street until you come to a little opening you could almost miss. Many locals dine at Vineyart as they are known for their extensive Greek wine list and homemade cheeses. We must have dined here for 5 hours. The atmosphere was relaxed, the sea breeze was just right and the staff were incredibly friendly and knowledgeable about their menu. I ordered a local wine and our waiter used to pick the grapes at the vineyard where my wine was made and offered such a unique insight into what I was sipping on. An incredible experience for anyone looking for a beautifully relaxed evening..not to mention the food was delicious!! Not only our favorite restaurant in Santorini but one of our favorite spots overall.
Patisserie Medevio: large selection of Greek desserts
Ammoudi Fish Tavern: worth the walk down a thousand flights of stairs.
(Just make sure you can come up at the end of a heavy meal!)
Skala: Set in the middle of town, fun spot to people watch and munch on appetizers and small plates!
Fun spots we enjoyed visiting:
Look out or you'll pass right by it! It's on the main street, Nomikos Street, and it sneaks up on you because it is down below. Walk down a winding flight of stairs and you are at their door--it is a small shop but cute as can be!
Known on many travel lists as one of the top ten bookstores in the world to visit.
There are hundreds of boutiques and gift stores in Santorini. We popped into many shops as we strolled down the cobblestone streets. While I don't have any specific shops to recommend, I would say enjoy the fun of stumbling upon colorful dress shops and local pottery shops. They are all wonderful! You could spend a whole day just strolling and shopping, stopping for baklava and then shopping all over again. There is no rush in Santorini, you can do things on your own time at your own pace and you don't have to worry about shops closing at 5pm, they stay open well into the night!
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Hike from Oia to Fira
We took a walk from Oia to Fira. The walk to Fira is 3.5 hours and you are a champion if you walk the 3.5 hours back--we took a cab. One of the most wonderful ways to see the islands. You come across gorgeous landscape, ruins, churches that are almost a thousand years old, and kind people passing along the trek. We would recommend a guide, your hotel will be able to set you up with one. We learned so much of the history of Santorini as well as the effects of tourism and the environmental changes in Greece. We ended our trip with this hike and we were so very glad we did!
There is no right or wrong way to travel but hopefully if you find yourself in Santorini this mini guide can be helpful. It's hard to resist the brilliant blues and all of the little houses tucked closely together lining the caldera. Greece is a dream and we hope one day you will visit!