I think sunsets never gets old. No matter where in the world you are, you will always be captivated by beautiful sunsets, but sunset in Santorini is entirely something else. The whole island just lights up before the sun gets replaced by dots of lights throughout. It is truly magical so it understandably attracts a lot of people from all over the world.
After our brief stay in Athens and a week of sailing, it’s time we flew to Santorini! First of all, Santorini is an island 200 kilometres from the mainland and around 45 minutes by plane from Athens. There was one of the largest volcanic eruption in history in Santorini, destroying civilization at that time and today’s crescent-shaped Santorini is all that remains – which is a lot, since you can go to the caldera, explore the black sand beach in Perissa, wine tasting, or red sand beach as well as excavation site in Akrotiri.
We stayed in Oia, the northern part of the island and 30 minutes from the airport by taxi. We were surprised that not the whole island looks like what we imagined, the white, blue and pastel-coloured houses are scattered only on the cliffside. Every corner you turn to is so very pretty!
It was a short, beautiful stay in Santorini and it satisfies my curiosity whether it is as picturesque as in the pictures. Despite the crazy crowd, for me the answer is yes!
Practical tip :
- You can do a tour or rent a car to explore the whole island of Santorini. The island itself is not very big, you can go from the north (Oia) to the south (Akrotiri) in around one hour.
- Wear proper footwear, there are many stairs and the stones can get quite slippery.
- The destination is unfortunately not kid-friendly, it will be quite difficult to navigate the steps with strollers and many hotels don’t accept young guests because it is situated at the edge of a cliff.
- The cliffside hotels come with a hefty price tag, so it’s better to book ahead or if you’re not that keen to spend all that bucks, stay at other hotels that don’t directly face the sea. We stayed at Oia’s Sunset Apartments, which is right in the heart of Oia.
- Avoiding the crowd? Aren’t we all! Plan your holiday on shoulder season, so May-June or September-October when the crowd dissipates, the weather is not so hot and the best part : the price goes down!
- Santorini airport is quite chaotic, so during your departure it’s better to arrive earlier than you usually would.
Until next time,