Recently we traveled to the dreamy Greek island Santorini. This small island, north of Crete, is known for its small streets, white houses and the typical blue window frames. Not to mention the mountainous and adventurous roads that you have to take by car, scooter or quad. We were here about 10 days but you can also see the island in 7 days.
Do you not speak Greek? No problem. Everyone on this island knows English very well. Many who work here in the hotels and restaurants are not even from Greece but only work here during the summer. They can certainly appreciate it if you have a nice chat with them (also when you walk past the following day). Because of that, we ended up getting a free drink or snack every day, or they even gave us a discount on the bill.
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Language: Greek, English
Mobile internet: Within your contract
Travel document: Valid passport or a valid Dutch identity card
Driving (car): Dutch driving license is valid
Power: No need for a world plug
Time zone: +1 hour
- Rent a car. It is a small island so you can get a hotel in a nice quiet spot and save a lot of money on it. It is about 2 hours from the one end of the island to the other side. This way you will also encounter many nice villages and viewpoints along the way. We rented from Hertz.
- Have a meal at a local bakery. These can be found in villages, but also along the larger roads. This is so much tastier and not expensive at all. Some are even open for 24 hours.
- Buy water shoes. There is no real beach. The beach actually consists of volcanic stones. You get it, they become steaming hot after a whole day of sun.
- The Greek evening at restaurant Ramaya in Perissa. Typical dances and around eleven o’clock you can throw special plates into the fire. We won’t tell you any more!
This is a cute small village, next to the capital Fira. Few tourists and it’s really beautiful. The only people you encounter here are locals or (wedding) couples that are doing a photo shoot. If you ask, you can walk on the roofs to take pictures but sometimes there is an annoyed resident who then calls the police. Of all the places we visited this was one of our favourites. The adventurers can also have a good time here. When you walk down the narrow streets and stairs you come to a mountain that you can climb. Reasonably dangerous so obviously at your own risk. The view is breath taking once you have arrived on the mountain.
Useful: Hotels in Imerovigli
Handy: Put on some decent shoes and bring an easy backpack. You have to do a big climb.
Everyone who knows Santorini has already heard of the town of Oia. No shortage of romantic places because this is the paradise for couples and photographers. Eating at sunset is also a real sensation here. It is even said that this is the most beautiful sunset in Europe. Furthermore, it is especially a lot of queuing here because it is full with tourists. From about 10 am in the morning the first buses arrive already. The busiest hours are between 1 and 5 pm in the afternoon. So visit Oia in the morning if you do not want to have Chinese people in the background of your photo ;-). Booking a hotel here? Nice for 1 night because the suites are really super cool. However, privacy is hard to find so chilling quietly in your Jacuzzi is not easy!
Useful: Hotels in Oia
Fira is the capital of Santorini, and it does live up to this name. Here you will find nice shops, delicious restaurants and also quite a few exclusive clubs / bars to have a drink and a dance. Walk into a local boutique and look around. In these shops you will find airy dresses, jumpsuits and super cute shoes. Angela also scored a jumpsuit for a great deal. Personally we found Fira on the chaotic side and it is not as beautiful as Imerovigli and Oia but a day of shopping never hurts anyone.
Useful: Hotels in Fira
This is highly recommended for sun worshipers and burgundians. During the day you can lie on the beach on the infinite boulevard. The sunbeds can be used free of charge throughout the day as long as you order a drink. There is certainly no shortage of good restaurants. We could not choose ourselves from the countless restaurants. After a long walk and some looking around we just randomly chose one (King’s Cafe Restaurant) and the food was really exquisite. The nice thing about Kamari is that you can see the airplanes land at the airport next to the town. You really see them flying super low what looks fantastic.
Akrotiri is actually the most remote area of Santorini. They are still developing here. Every kilometer you see new suites, hotels and resorts under construction. Not at all touristy, but nice and relaxing. However, you must be a reasonable daredevil to drive here with a rental car. The roads are ridiculous steep and the streets are super narrow to drive in because of the houses on both sides. A nice touch is the lighthouse at the top of the island. On top of the mountain you can enjoy an amazing view. You can enjoy really nice Greek food at “The Cave of Nicolas”.
Cozy restaurant on the beach. You can hardly get any fresher fish on this island. We stayed 4 nights in Akrotiri at the Kalestesia Suites with whom we had a partnership. We cannot say anything other than that this was very relaxed. We got a house with a Jacuzzi on the roof terrace, a daily breakfast and free cocktails. At this accommodation there was also a gym and spa so stress is a no-go here. Our host Thanos was more than just a host, he became our friend.
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