As we are all in various degrees of lockdown caused by the Covid-19 crisis, and I really hope you are all well and doing your bit to stay safe and healthy, I thought I would revisit some of my past trips. I know I am really missing travelling and can’t wait to start again. Greece is the first country in Europe that will open its doors for tourists on the 15th of June so we can finally enjoy the Aegean sun 🙂
One of my favourite places I have ever been to is Santorini, I have been there 4 times and love this beautiful romantic Island. The beautiful blue and white houses set against the beautiful blue Aegean sea make for breath-taking views and the sunsets are a delight in their own right. The island chain is basically the visible part of a huge caldera under the Aegean sea which collapsed in the Minoan period, and is still technically an active volcano, the last eruption was in the 1950’s, and the activity now is mostly limited to smoking craters. The resulting bay and island chain is beautiful, with a red beach a white beach and a black beach, named for their different coloured sands.
There are many beautiful villages on the island, Oia is my favourite and of course the capital, Thira, is a lovely quaint town, with a village feel and a great place for shopping. Imerovigli is another traditional village that worth a visit.
One can’t speak about Santorini without talking about the food, it is quite simply wonderful from the locally grown cherry tomatoes and fav beans, to the wonderful blend of Mediterranean delights. My favourite eating place on the islands (and one of my favourites anywhere) is the Sunset Tavern on the Ammoudi bay, the seafood and fresh fish are wonderful, and as you might guess from the name, the sunsets are beyond spectacular. If you can’t find a place at Sunset Tavern you might want to try Taverna Katina which is very close and the food is great too. Another 2 great restaurants with great sunset views are Kastro, Pelekanos and Melitini. Floga is another a great restaurant for lunch or if you prefere a pita gyros I suggest PytoGyros. Breakfast at the Passagio bar is a must do if you visit, it is an amazing spread and a delightful setting. Lauda Restaurant for fine dinning, Argo restaurant is another great restaurant that you can find in Thira, and there are also pretty nice bars on the island like Catch Bar or Fino Bar.
There is so much to do on the island, but one stand out place if you like beach parties is the iconic Nikki Beach – an very lively event 😊
In terms of places to stay, I love the Katikies and Kirini in Oia, the Katikies Garden and Sun Rocks in Thira (both in the leading hotels of the world chain, and the La Perla Villas and Suites and White Pearl Suites are a very affordable alternative. Next time I visit I want to try the Charisma Suites, the Grace Hotel, Cavo Tagoo, Canaves, or Perivolas. I will let you know in future blogs how they are.
I think the best time to visit is in the middle of September, the sea is still lovely and warm, and the temperatures are as near perfect as you can get, I tend to avoid July and August, as they are a little to hot for my liking, and you don’t feel like taking in the splendid sights.