Greek Islands

Santorini Greece view blue chapel
I’ve just returned from a 10 day Santorini holiday and I’m totally in love with this Greek island. Can’t wait to share it with you! I had only seen a few pictures of its beautiful sunsets, cliffs and clear blue chapels and I was sold. It ended up being even better than we expected. We really loved the sunsets, even though they’re such a cliche, they are super stunning. But there is so much more! We rented a quat bike – which I would totally recommend – so we could get away from the obvious places and discover less crowded restaurants and bars, enjoy amazing Greek (sea) food and meet some of the easy going locals. If you consider going, there are definitely a few things you should know:
  • It’s a couples/honeymoon island. I was with my boyfriend and it even made me feel a little funny. Couples are everywhere! At least there is lots of love in the air 😉
  • The landscape is quite dry, there is not a lot of green around (we went late May) and I didn’t expect the look of it at all – Try to avoid Fira & Oia when cruise ships dump thousands of day trip tourists at once
  • Don’t go if you’re after a beach holiday – all the beaches have black sand and are rocky. Good thing almost every hotel has a swimming pool, and there are lots of cool hangout places

Kartharos Beach – AmmoudiKartharos Beach Greece santoriniIMG_4687
The best place to hang out if you’re after an easy going place with good music, super friendly staff and great food and drinks. We came across it by accident and just kept going back. Best to go around 3-4pm, have a glass of rose and chill. This place has a perfect view on the sunset too so you’ll end up staying for dinner, and a few more drinks. If you become friendly with barman Kostas you won’t be leaving anytime soon. Katharos Beach, 84702 Oía, Kikladhes | Website | ££

Tranquillo – Perissa
Beach spot on Perissa Beach. This beach is known for being the most popular one. This unfortunately means a long strip of beach places and a beach packed with beds and umbrella’s. Not at Tranquillo. The owner Alex only has around 15 umbrellas on the beach because ‘he wants to be able to see the sea from his restaurant’. Such a good call! I think this immediately says a lot about this place. It’s all about taking it easy, with amazing food and juices. Salads are massive! | £

Anogi – Imerovigli
Anogi Santorini Greece Imerovigli
Super sweet little restaurant in Imerovigli. Not overlooking the Caldera (the gorgeous cliff side) so you won’t have a sunset view but one of the nicest and homely type of restaurants we have seen on the island. It’s a family style restaurant with really good local food, always busy, super friendly staff and good prices. We did drinks at Grace Santorini Hotel first to see the sunset and walked to Anogi afterwards. | ££

Brusco – Pyrgos
We were passing this place on our scooter and had no intention to stop but it looked so cute we turned around to check it out. Brusco had only just opened and the owner was very excited to tell  all about it. Here you can come for a coffee, or a glass of local wine. He’s not serving food yet but will shortly. He also sells local delicatessen so it’s great place to go if you want to bring home some of Santorini’s finest. | ££

Grace Santorini – ImerovigliGrace Santorni beautiful sunset
There are thousands of hotels on this little island and I was quite overwhelmed when I started browsing: do you want to stay in a town and which one, prefer to be on the caldera cliffside, or maybe a little more quiet more inlands? One of the top hotels is Grace Santorini. It’s in Imerovigli which I think is one of the most beautiful towns on the island. I would say that there are many other places next to Grace equally as beautiful in this town. Website | ££££

Casa Bianca – Imerovigli
Another hotel in the same town called Casa Bianca is super cute with a beautiful white courtyard and flowers (ready to go on your pinterest board!). Website | £££

Rena’s Suites – Fira
Rena's suites
If you’re after a more easy boutique budget spot I would recommend Rena’s Suites. It’s on a 5 mins walking distance from the main town Fira which is really handy for lunch and shopping etc. Clean simple rooms, a swimming pool, good breakfast (lots of greek yoghurt!) and Christina will make sure to look after you. Make sure you get the superior rooms close to the pool, they’re much nicer and more comfortable than the standard ones. Website | ££

Astra Suites Santorini – Imerovigli
I ended up being in Santorini for a few days this summer for a wedding I had on this island and I would 100% recommend this hotel should you decide to travel to Santorini. Astra suites lies on a volcanic cliff in Imerovigli and has insanely beautiful panoramic views of the caldera, sleeping volcano and breathtaking Aegean sea. I just couldn’t stop staring at the sea while chilling on my sun bed or lying in the infinity pool with my crispy white wine. When the sun is due to go under, the sky gradually changes colour for about 1,5 hours… BE-AUTI-FUL!  The rooms are all different but have the feel of small apartments with your own little kitchen so you can make tea and chill a nice bottle of wine. All rooms have a private balcony where your breakfast is served every morning at the time you ordered it.  The staff is super attentive and really cares about making your time in their hotel unforgettable. On top of all this, they have a fabulous restaurant with the same incredible views. Imerovigli Santorini, Greece |Imerovigli 847 00 | 15 minute drive from the airport |+3022860 23641 | ££££ | Website | Map


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