An island where the whites and blues complement each other to create a perfect symphony… Santorini is a place like no other! The caldera, the white washed houses, the blue domes, and sparkling mediterranean sea will make you feel like you have found your place on earth. We were lucky to spend 4 nights wondering around this beautiful island, and as usual, trying to make the most of our stay with too many activities in mind! I have compiled our favourite ones, which may serve as a guide if you are planning to visit, or if you would like to day-dream with me right now… let’s get started!
1- Hiking the Fira trail
For those who want to get amazing views of the Caldera, this is a must-do! It takes around 3 to 4 hours (contemplating stops for pictures and recharging energy) to get from Fira to Oia on foot. We started our hike at around 1 pm in order to get to watch the sunset at Oia. The walk is enjoyable and perfectly signalled. The good thing is that you don’t really need to be in a great shape to make it through. What we particularly loved the most was the peacefulness of being almost alone on a touristy island, and of course the photogenic landscape. Remember to take water, snacks and sunscreen!
2-Swimming in Amoudi Bay
This is a wonderful swimming spot and an incredible experience. Trust me on this!
To get there: Climb down the stairs from Oia in direction to the sea. I know it’s a lot of climbing but you will get your reward!
Afterwards, turn left following the coast until you see this, you are almost there! Keep walking…
Now get on the rocks and enjoy a swim in the crystal-clear waters of the Mediterranean sea! If you want some adrenaline, get ready to jump off a cliff!
3-Visiting the Red Beach
It’s a unique and picturesque spot for its colors. We loved the contrast of colors here!
4- Watch the most famous sunset in the world
Seeing the sun go down in Santorini is like going to Paris and admiring the Eiffel tower: A once in a lifetime experience you will remember for a long time (if not forever!) In order to get the classical postcard view, you will find the platform easily. However, I would suggest arriving an hour before so that you secure the perfect spot. Another lovely location is along the coast in direction to Imerovigli, right behind some picture-perfect crosses (See Timelapse). For our third day, we opted for Amoudi Bay.
5- Getting lost in the little streets
Allow yourself to be surprised by the beautiful doors and houses! Wandering without direction led us to the most wonderful and unexpected views:
6-Take in the breath-taking views and details
Whether it’s Oia, Imerovigli, Fira or Kamari you will find details almost everywhere. Take your camera and be ready to capture them…
7- Try the greek food specialties!
Last but not least, trying the local food is always part of the adventure! My recommendation is to try the Gyros. They are filled with chicken or pork, vegetables, french fries and delicious sauces. We couldn’t get enough of them 🙂 The best one we tried was in Fira at a store called Lucky’s Souvlakis. Great food for very reasonable prices!
All in all, there is a lot to do and try in Santorini, but I believe the most important thing is to live the moment and take in the beauty of this amazing place. Hopefully you’ve travelled with me today, thank you for reading!