Early May I visited the beautiful Greek island Santorini
Famous for it’s white houses and blue rooftops, the island Santorini. A part of the Cyclades, Greece. Today a completely different blog! I had so much fun during my holiday and enjoyed every second, each view and all experiences so much that I wanted to share it with you. Instead of booking a standard trip via an agency I decided to book all separate. I am lucky that Transavia flies directly from Amsterdam, so about three weeks before departure I booked two round trip tickets and off we went. Since I didn’t want to stay in one place I decided to just book as we go, only the first two nights were booked. I rented a car upfront and when we arrived it all went so easy, within half an hour we had our luggage and our car! Though it was low season, but still.
go with the flow
Perhaps it was because I booked last minute but I couldn’t really find clear information on Santorini. Everything was rated 8 or even 9+ so knowing what -not-to-do was difficult. I only had 8 days so I wanted it to be worth the while. I decided to start with the best: Oia. Which you pronounce as “Ia” by the way. The man at the car rental told me “once you go there, you won’t leave”. Really? Let’s find out. Finding our way was tricky, there are no street names in Oia and no roads along the hotel strip. Uh-oh. I called the hotel and they helpen me out, even send someone to help with our luggage. Like real tourists we just followed to guy in to a gorgeous little town. Help! It was about 40 steps down to the hotel, not just any steps but old ancient steps. There go my heels, flip flops for the rest of the week!
What a cute town! Everything you hear about Santorini all applies to this town. The sunset is amazing here. Though you do share this with all the other tourists so I can’t really say it’s super romantic, but gorgeous yes! All the restaurants are good, some really good. The staff is not always as friendly but at least everyone speaks English. There are lots of fancy hotels here and you can spend fortunes if you want. We paid about 100-120 euros per night for a superior double room including breakfast. The view is amazing and there is even a pool! The breakfast is served out on the terrace. Some hotels have rooms with private hot tubs, great for a honeymoon! The first nights we stayed in hotel Caladera Villas, this was our room view:
places along the coastline
We rented the car to drive around and have a look in other places since we wanted to stay in different areas on the island. We loved Oia but we wanted to see something else too. We drove over to Kamari, which was about 30 minutes. The trip there was fun, we took some D-tours and ended up in the country side which was lovely to see. Once arrived there we were pleasantly surprised. I didn’t know what to expect from the black sand beaches but the hotels made it look so nice. Everywhere nice sun beds, cute straw umbrellas and even little walking paths on the beach because of the hot, black sand. When you use the beds you get to order drinks and bites and they serve you at your sun bed. Loved it! We liked it here, two days of little bit beach life is always nice. We stayed here at the Markis hotel which belongs to this great beach front restaurant. There wasn’t a pool but it was a minute walk from the beach and boulevard.
During our roudtrip we also drove by Perissa and Perivolos, both cute beaches. They have a low key boulevard with a chill atmosfeer. It’s smaller scaled compared to Kamari but it’s more focussed on tourists. When we were there it was’t very busy. These places are all great to go to with kids. The beach is great, there are play grounds and lots of hotels and apartments have family rooms. Older kids, or are you into clubbing then you should go to Fira. This is where the party is on, or so I’ve heard lol! There are lots of bars and a few clubs. All is open till late as well as the shops. There are lovely restaurants, high end till snack bars. There is a boulevard too but also some downtown streets and squares. Easy to walk around as it’s not that big. Go here for some souvenir shopping or to take the cable cart down to the dock. There is even a McDonalds here!
Fire is the big city here and is a real tourist place. We ended up somewhere between Oia and Fia, a place called Firostefani. We booked a hotel for one night, which was stunning with the private pool but I preferred sea view. This place is big, has a nice restaurant, pool and bar. The rooms are huge and the beds sleep well, we booked a room with a private pool, which is chained up with the rest of the rooms. To be honest, this view was lovely too! Check out this accommodation here hotel Splendour vind je hier. You can see the pool here below. It’s difficult when you book each hotel on the day itself, sometimes it’s for the better and sometimes it’s nice for just a short stay.
After our trip to Kamari we decided to finish our week in Firostefani. I found this little hotel with just about 10 rooms and only two little steps down, this was hotel Sunset. The rooms are not very big but a great view, comfortable beds and a nice bathroom. These are the so called cave rooms, built into the rocks. There is a public hot tub on the terrace which is perfect to chill in during sunset! The breakfast was served on your doorstep, each room has an outdoor seat. Easy parking acces by 5 minutes walk, it’s in the middle of the little town but still quiet and just upstairs is a supermarket which stays open till late night. Loved it here!
- everywhere you look it’s beautiful
- the food is yum, I didn’t know Greek food was so nice!
- the temperature in May is perfect, I’m guessing July and August are too hit
- lots of tourist travel by public transfer which is easy accessible and cheap
- you can rent a car to get around or squads
- you pay with euros
- everyone speaks good English, even the signs are bilingual English and Greek
- the beaches are black, it’s pretty but not very tropical
- you can’t do any snorkeling here and heard the diving isn’t so good either
- the pools aren’t heated, keep in mind when booking a trip in May. They’re cold!
- places like Oia aren’t suitable for kids, most hotels are 16+
- cash is preferred, pin is not always accepted though there are ATM’s in each town
- don’t expect much of shopping, expensive tourist stuff!