Santorini is absolutely one of the most beautiful and photographed places on Earth.
It’s been our first trip after COVID outbreak. We hesitated to book due to the continuing restrictions imposed by the governments but we remained hopeful. Starting from the airport, the sensation we felt was very strange: it was so empty and the atmosphere was surreal. During the flight you have always to wear the face mask and the same in all indoor spaces.
When we arrived in Santorini was late at night and in the island we had the feeling that the COVID wasn’t arrived yet there because of the serenity of the local people.
Where to stay in Santorini
In fact, the day after the life in the town was good. We were based in Fira, the island’s capital and centre, and we recommend staying at this city if you want to explore the island because from there you can reach each parts of the island in thirty minutes. Here, you can find lots of affordable hotel options, plus you’ll be near lots of eateries, bars, and shops. The first day we took a bus and the day after we rent a quad.
The best things to do in Santorini are located all over the island, and you’ll need a vehicle or a scooter/quad to get you places.
Both transports are good but the quad is the best and cheap option.
Our favorite spots
Now let’s talk about the instagrammable spots of the island, this is our list.
Oia is a little town located in the north of the island and it offers the best sunsets and sunrises I have ever seen. It’s full of light and whitewashed houses, deep blue domes, little cobblestone alleys, the view of the volcano and windmills. Oia is considered the most iconic and postcard-famous town on the island: absolutely a must on this Santorini travel guide.
Different bars and restaurants have the view overlooking the Caldera: we recommend to take a break in one of them!
Moreover, The tiny streets of Oia are very picturesque, full of shops, restaurants, bars…and flowers (the bougainvilleas)!
As it tends to be crowded during the day, and you’ll find yourself making queues at the popular photo spots.
For pictures without people, take a stroll at sunrise! You’ll get Oia quite all to yourself, with spectacular pics and a peacefulness that’s impossible to find in the evening!
The most iconic place to catch the sun setting is the Oia Castle but even here you have to get early.
A little secret spot to take pics: just opposite the Oia Castle ruins, there’s a little piece of pink. The lovely colors in this corner are a big step from the white and blue from the rest of town but perfectly match with other colors.
Another impressive spot in Santorini is Kaliya Restaurant in Thira. It’s located at the top of the caldera, overlooking the sea. The building that houses KALIYA offers an idyllic setting on the island of Santorini, one of the highest part of the island. We had the possibility to eat there and the menu is incredibly full of amazing food and beverages, always with the attention to the greek cuisine.
Our next stop was Mykonos: we took the ferry to visit this cyclades island in the Aegean Sea. Don’t miss our tips in the next blog article.