Every inch of Santorini is surreal. I remember daydreaming about this astonishing white-blue Greek island, and when I witnessed its beauty with my own eyes, I kept pinching myself. Whitewashed houses, tranquil blue dome churches, crystal clear beaches and extremely delicious seafood – Santorini is hyped for a reason!
I recently visited this mesmerizing destination, and I have a bucket full of experiences to share. Before I begin you might want to read a bit more about Santorini.
What you need to know about Santorini:
Santorini is a croissant-shaped island, located in the southern part of Aegean sea. Santorini falls in an active volcanic zone, no wonder you will find hot springs, gigantic mountains, and monsters volcanic cliffs. The island used to be round shaped but after major volcanic eruptions, all land sank except the croissant-shaped caldera which we visit today. The inhabitance is along the seaside cliffs, painted in white and blue which would make anybody go wow.
What to do in Santorini?
Fira to Oia ( pronounced as EE-ya) hike:
I started the first day with Fira (capital of Santorini) to Oia hike. Throughout this gifted trail, I found many snapping points and experienced new sensations. The on-route villages of Firostefani and Imerovigli cast some of the exceptional views of the caldera. Three bells of Fira, Imerovigli Skaros Rock hike and caldera views of Firostefani are moments to cherish for a lifetime.
You don’t agree with me? well, why not to look at the photos first and then we’ill see.
Golden sunset in Oia, Santorini:
Blue Hour at Oia, Santorini:
Blue hour is when the sun is all gone but it’s not too dark yet. The Santorini blue hour is special because sky kind of twins with the eye-catching blue dome churches and white villas kind of reflect the slowly appearing lights. We stayed back until the Oia caldera slowly lit up taking your sightseeing to another level. the Blue hour is when you truly realize how awe-inspiring Santorini is- on a bright note- don’t miss it!
There are few important takeaway points, mentioned at the end of the post. I wish I had known at least some of them before visiting Santorini! If they are any good, Please let me know in the comment section below.
Santorini Beach Hopping:
Santorini is more than white and blue marble villas, the entire east side and southwest coast shines with tones of beaches. Next day morning we took a dip in crystal clear waters of Monoliths beach. I was there in the month of October, needless to say, that the beach was ghost empty. Just us, and soothing ocean, oh my-my! Monolithos, Perrisa, Perilovos, Red beach, Black beach, White sand beach the list is endless and so are the experiences. Red beach is captivating with volcanic red cliffs and amazing snorkeling spots. Perrisa is a bit more touristy, jam-packed with seaside bars and has a party vibe. Here, some of the seaside restaurants offer Greek dance parties, which would be awesome. This area was a bit expensive just like Oia, But sights of gigantic mountains standing next to transparent ocean were irreplaceable.
Every beach had distinctive views to offer. I was never tired of beach hopping in Santorini. Just one thing I don’t to how to feel about -as while Dancing in the sun, I was baked and roasted! If you love tan then Santorini is the place.
Essential info for the beach holiday in Santorini: