I recently had the opportunity to visit what's known as Greece's most beautiful island, Santorini. It has become even more popular in the recent years thanks to social media, with the likes of well known bloggers and brands posting pictures of the white walled alleys with bright blue domes of churches coming out of the side of the volcanic mountain. Santorini is best known for its sunset, deep jewel blue ocean and black sand beaches and of course its volcanic landscape. This makes it a top destination for weddings as well as couples get aways.
I wanted to share my take on this gorgeous island and the little gems I've found that made my visit super special. As the island is so small I managed to explore almost all the parts that are worth seeing. Most travel around the island on quad bikes or mopeds but I highly recommend to chose the safer option of hiring a car.
Santorinis main attractions are divided into 4 parts; North- Oia, East- Perivolos, South- Akrotori, West- Fira (the capital)
Oia is where most of the photoshoots and circulated images are from as its the most picturesque town. However Oia is on a cliff top and doesn't have a beach to cool off when the heat is peaking, especially if you're not staying in Oia then you don't have access to a pool. So the place to be at is "Lioyerma Lounge", its a pool bar where they serve food and drinks while having access to a pool. But what makes this lounge so special is the location. It has the perfect view of the world famous Sanotini sunset and you can sit on your sun lounger and watch the sun go down.
Perivolos consists of miles and miles of black sand beaches with beach bars and restaurants on the promenade. "Jojo" is by far the nicest beach bar on the entire island. It is reminiscent of Nikki Beach or Blue Marlin Ibiza as it has a vast pool with other water features around the bar. Huge white beds with plush cushions and sun loungers with access to a beach. They have shisha, food, drinks, loud music and overall a good vibe.
Akrotori is best known for its ancient ruins. Its a pre historic and preserved town. Near it, is the famous Red Beach. Its a beach encased in volcanic red rock and the whole scene is quite spectacular. For me the best part of the south of the island is a little restaurant called "To Prasaki" located above a small port in the village of Vlichada. Its the top rated restaurant in the entire island and rightly so. It serves the best sea food in a humble outdoor surrounding against a beautiful ocean front backdrop.
Fira is the capital and has many things to do and see. Its the bigger, more vibrant version of Oia. It has many restaurants, hotels, bars and clubs and shops. It also boasts a beautiful view of the sunset and architecture, however its not as boutiquey or quaint as Oia. Santorini isn't a party island so the closest you're going to get to a fun night out is in Fira. You can start of with Sphinx which is a fine dining restaurant with the most incredible views of the ocean, the volcano and of course the sunset. For dinner drinks and hang out place I'd suggest "Crystal" which is a cute little bar that serves an array of drinks which cosy booths, hanging off the of the cliff overlooking other bars, restaurants and beautiful Santorini skyline. If you wanted to continue the night into early hours of the morning then the one place that qualifies as an actual club is "Koo". It is located in the inner alleys of the town and has an indoor bar and outdoor bar/seating area, but thats not to that it isn't impressive. It plays all the commercial music, has a beautiful lighting under the starry Santorini night.
I've travelled to many places but the landscape and unique architecture of Santorini has been unparalleled. Its an island which reminds you to appreciate the power and beauty of nature in todays day and age. Hope my tips help and make your trip special should you decide to visit one day.
PS- sorry for the quality of pictures they were taken on my iPhone!