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.
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.