We started off our European adventure in Greece. After a long day of sightseeing in Athens, we made our way to Santorini – one of the Cyclades islands in the Aegean Sea. We travelled there by a small propeller plane on an extremely windy day. I didn’t think we’d make it, but nonetheless landed in paradise.
Being my first time in Santorini I didn’t want to make this post about what to do, but rather share my photo diary of this beautiful island and some of my holiday outfits. I’ve also included ten things I loved most, to give you an insight into what I think are highlights of Santorini.
1. Staying in Imerovigli
This part of Santorini seemed less touristy at the time we were there (September), but still had some foot traffic and places to eat. Imerovigli also has beautiful views without the crowds that you would typically get in Fira and Oia. In my opinion it has the best sunset too!
2. Dinner at Onar
Located in Firastephani, Onar had the most beautiful setting overlooking the sea and surrounding islands. Great service and delicious food made this the perfect evening out with my partner. Also induced a food coma…
3. Quad Biking
We hired a quad for the three days we were here. Not only was it a convenient way of travelling as busses can be unreliable, but we enjoyed a cool breeze and scenery en route.
4. The People
Especially at the hotel we stayed at, the friendliness and willingness to help by the people was next level! It was warming and pleasant making our stay so much more enjoyable. The hotel staff enabled us to make the most of our three days here by creating an itinerary with ‘insider’ knowledge.
5. The Sunset
We’ve all seen the sun go down, but there’s nothing quite like seeing the sun set in clear view as it disappears below the horizon. The warm orangey-pink sky is a truly magical sight that photos don’t do justice.
6. Visiting Pyrgos
Warning, vehicle transportation required! We drove up to the highest point in Santorini where you could over look the entire island. It was also surreal to see planes take off from below you.
7. Vlychada Beach
We have the best beaches in Australia so it’s hard to find something comparable. This beach however was secluded creating a quite and blissful atmosphere. Not too rocky, clear blue water and gentle waves. Moderately spaced sun beds is uncommon, so that was a bonus!
The Imerovigli to Oia hiking trail is popular but be sure to do this early or late. We didn’t complete the journey, but made it about half way knowing we had to walk back. Just when you thought views couldn’t get any better, there were some truly breathtaking moments as we approached sunset.
9. Wandering Around
You definitely need a quad or vehicle to get to the beaches, but walking around in general is like a tour attraction in itself. Stay on the coastal paths for a beautiful view or wander the narrow walkways of glistening white villages.
10. Photographing Oia
Speaking of attractions, as an amateur photographer I really enjoyed taking photos in Oia which is the most famous part of Santorini. You can risk entering private areas to get the money shots if you’re keen. The downside to Oia was it being extremely crowded. I’d hate to think what it was like July or August!
Hope you enjoyed this post!