48 Hours in… Santorini

Amylee Silva January 3, 2013 9
Sunset in Santorini

Sunset in Santorini, photo by Amylee S.

I can’t pin point the exact moment I feel in love with Santorini. What I do know is that some where in between the acoustical serenade with caprihanias so strong that they should come with a warning lable on them and racing towards the sunset in Oia on the back of a scotter – I was head over heels.
Santorini is the island where lovers get married, newlyweds go to honeymoon and those just starting out in their relationship can go to fall in love. But if you can’t find someone to share it with, then go anyway and fall in love with the person that matters the most – you.

The first 24hrs

LOCAL: Get wheels – and only two of them if you are up for it. Don’t get stuck in Fira because to discover the many sides of this volcanic island you will need to be mobile.

VISIT: For your first taste of the island head to Oia for sunset, but skip dinner here. Instead splurge on a cocktail like those at Sunsets Snack Bar and join the crowds as they applaud the sun on its last act of the day – sinking in to the Aegean.

EAT: Head to Kamari Beach for a seaside, seafood meal. Finding a restaurant to indulge in will be easy on this promenade. Choose from fresh calamri, octopus, shrimp, etc.

DRINK: The Ethnic Café Snack Bar. Drinkers beware – the cocktails are stiff and impossible to resist. Enjoy responsibility or crash around the corner at one of the many hotels – vacancy pending.

48 hrs later

VISIT: The archeological site of Akrotiri (open Tuesday thru Saturday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm admission €5) is similar in its history to that of Italy’s Pompeii.

VISIT: The Red Beach. Cool off in the waters of the Aegean just off the south-west corner of the island. The Red Beach is not a comfortable one to sun on, but can be a paradise for those who like to collect stones or just skip them for pleasure.

EAT & DRINK: Learn the secret behind cultivating over 4000 acres of vineyards at SantoWines.

VISIT: Visit Santorini’s modest museum (admission 2€) the Museum of Prehistoric Thira closed on Mondays and open daily from 8:30am to 3pm.

Sunset at Senor Sorba

Sunset at Senor Sorba, photo by Amylee S.

EAT: Senor Sorba – Sunset at this Mexican restaurant just outside of the main town offers an unparalleled view of the volcano and a potentially well-deserved break from feta, saganaki and taziki. If you want a break from them of course.


  1. Linda January 4, 2013 at 12:54 am - Reply

    I have been to Santorini and am eady to go back!

    • monika March 24, 2013 at 3:18 pm - Reply

      Please, have you any photos of theran bronz age pottery from museum? I need it for my bachalor work :) thanks

  2. Carole Girard January 4, 2013 at 12:00 pm - Reply

    Wow! Wow!

  3. Carole Girard January 4, 2013 at 12:00 pm - Reply

    J’aimerais bien y aller.!

  4. Christine March 7, 2013 at 10:12 pm - Reply

    Oh I wish I could start my life all over again and TRAVEL!! been lucky so far, but so much to see and little time left. Will be in Santorini in May albeit only a day on a cruise, but may entice me back… who knows!

  5. Angela March 19, 2013 at 7:55 am - Reply

    A sunset cruise is nice, watching the fisherman as you wait for your boat, as is a trip to the volcano, a dip in the warm waters around the volcano, a walk along the path from Imerovigli to Fira is also nice.

  6. Santorini Hotels April 20, 2013 at 3:53 pm - Reply

    Great post! Hopefully it will attract some of readers to visit beautiful Santorini. Regards!

  7. Jackie Procter May 6, 2013 at 5:03 am - Reply

    Great blog! If you visit Santorini, you must go to the winery located in the village of Megalochori! There’s some information about it here: http://sophant.co.uk/what-to-do-in-santorini/

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