If Santorini, Greece isn’t already on your bucket list, it will be by the time you’ve finished reading this post.
Thanks to our modern Instagram culture, Santorini is a not so secret gem of the Aegean sea and this 96 square kilometre island can host up to 80,000 visitors a day during high season. It’s not hard to see why – Santorini (also called Thira) is a ridiculously picture perfect Greek island. With the ubiquitous blue domed churches, gleaming whitewashed villages, spectacular towering cliffs and cobbled streets, it’s virtually impossible to take an unflattering photo of the island. It has arguably the most sublime sunset in Greece (if not the world), one of the best known volcanoes in the world and an array of beaches with volcanic black and red sand. It’s a romantic destination which was just made for weddings and honeymoons but don’t let that put you off going alone (I didn’t!).
I spent an unforgettable eight days exploring Santorini this June, staying just outside the capital of Fira in Firostefani, high up on the volcanic crater in the 5 star Splendour Resort. I chose this hotel for the junior suite room with private pool – don’t book this hotel if you want a cliff side view of Santorini from your balcony as it’s facing the wrong side of the island. However, the volcano views can be seen from just a short walk away (hotels with a volcano view are the most expensive on the island and can be staggeringly high during the summer).
Santorini was an extremely relaxing holiday for me and I basically filled my days with eating bucketfuls of feta, gelato and souvlaki (you know, the three main food groups). I had an incredible meal at La Maison in Imerovigli on my last evening (with free dessert!) and other notable mentions go to Sphinx (great steak and incredible sunset view), Cafe Galini (I still dream about the baked honey with feta) and the Italian Da Vinci (huge delicious portion of carbonara and more free dessert – it’s a thing in Greece).
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