Santorini, the land of white villages and bright blue sea, as far as the eye can see. Hands down, this was my favourite place in Europe. I loved everything about it; the people, the relaxed vibe and the incredible beauty!
My excitement started from the moment we landed at Santorini airport. When we arrived at our accommodation, I was blown away. I had seen many pictures of Santorini but I don’t think an image can prepare one for the INCREDIBLE beauty of the place. I really wanted to kick back and relax at the pool in Santorini, so we probably spent more than three times the amount on accommodation than we did in other places in Europe (it was totally worth it!) We chose to stay in Imerovigli after reading that it was the best village for couples and people who don’t like crowds. There were no crazy crowds like there were in Oia. It was so chilled and had incredible views! We stayed at Thea Apartments. It was the best place we have ever stayed. It was run by a beautiful family who were so kind, helpful and brought us the most incredible breakfast to our balcony every morning.
After settling into our room, we spent some time walking around Imerovigli village, buying snacks (you know, priorities) and literally just chilling out at the pool for the rest of the day! We sat on the deck eating kebabs for dinner and then ended the day by watching the sun go down in the spa pool! It was the most relaxing, beautiful day!
We started the day by enjoying a beautiful breakfast on the balcony and then headed to Oia by bus. We started by following step by step directions to the famous blue dome church, a must see in Oia. It was not the easiest place to find, so I followed this very helpful blog post with directions.
From here, we slowly wandered through the streets of Oia, stopping at many little shops along the way. One of my highlights was seeing the HAPPIEST Greek man playing music and insisting on getting a photo together.
The vibe of the place was unreal! In order to cool down, we bought some fresh watermelon juice and gelato before heading back to our accommodation for an afternoon at the pool.
After breakfast, we set out to hire a quad bike to explore the island. A solid ten minutes into the journey, our quad bikes cut out and we realised IT’S HAD RUN OUT OF PETROL despite being told that the tank was a quarter full. The fun part was that we didn’t know the name of the hiring company! No one was around and we hadn’t a clue what to do. I eventually found the name of the company on the key and Ben called him, but his English was limited and he said, “Can you find someone who can speak Greek to tell me what’s wrong.” We had to wave someone down and fortunately for us he spoke good English and took Ben to get some petrol. What an adventure to start our day!
After we overcame the hurdle, we went to the sweetest little town called Pyrgos. It was quiet compared to the other towns, there was live music in the alleyways and animals roaming around! It felt like a true Greek experience.
We got back on the quad bike and made our way to Red Beach with a stop for lunch along the way. Lunch was at a little restaurant right at the water, and we could feel the sea spray every time the waves crashed. It was so relaxing! We ordered a mixed fried fish basket thinking it would be classic fish and chips, that we were accustomed to. However, it was three pieces of fish with the eyes and everything still there!
Filled up with fish, we then made our way to Red Beach which is the most AMAZING beach and swimming in the Mediterranean was a magical experience.
We ended the day by sitting on our deck and watching the sunset. The lovely people from our accommodation surprised us with a dessert! We felt so grateful to be in this incredibly beautiful place.
On our last day, we headed out on our Quad bike to Fira and did a little shopping in some of the Greek boutiques which was so much fun! I loved just looking through all the different types of clothing styles. In one of the shops, a lady pulled out a million things and kept saying, “This will look so nice on you.” The top that I eventually bought was one that she picked out, so she was onto something!
We then had to return our quad bike and check out of our room. We still had the rest of the day before flight that evening and ended up staying at the pool at our accommodation and just relaxing. It really was the best spot!
It was so sad leaving! There wasn’t a single thing I didn’t like about the place. I have already started dreaming of our trip back to Greece.