This post has been a long time coming and is the last part of our honeymoon. As always, I like to plan all of our trips with the best for last and of course in Greece, that means Santorini! It is one of the most beautiful and picturesque landscapes of the 70+ islands. About an hour flight from Athens and a 2-hour ferry ride from Mykonos, it’s a stop you simply can’t miss.
My husband and I chose to take the ferry and were not disappointed. Our hotel (Sophia Luxury Suites), arranged transportation for us at the port upon arrival. It was a 20-minute drive up the rocky crescent shaped caldera through Fira (the capital) into Imerovigli, the highest village on the island.
We debated whether we wanted to stay in Oia, another popular town for vacationers or Imerovigli, which is quieter and has more boutique hotels. We ultimately ended up choosing Imerovigli because it was central and gave us a fantastic 90% view of the unique crescent shaped island. It was also a peaceful area for honeymooners!
We loved our stay at the Sophia Luxury Suites! The staff was super friendly and the chef made fresh breakfast delivered right to the room every morning. This is common at the nicer hotels in Santorini. If complete privacy is very important to you, make sure you do your research on the hotel or place you book beforehand. Since all of the hotels in Santorini are on a cliff, it’s almost impossible to achieve this. However, that’s part of the beauty of the island so I suggest embracing it!
Aside from how relaxing Santorini may look from pictures online, there are actually many things to do on the island to keep you busy!
Things you MUST do in Santorini:
- Rent an ATV and drive around the island ($40 for 24 hours)
- Try a Greek Gyro in Fira ($3)
- Take a Yacht Tour around the island (they have several ones at different prices, around $150 per person)
- Fish pedicures ($20)
- Dinner with a view of the caldera (varies)
- Hike Imerovigli to Oia (free)
- Shopping at the markets in Oia (free)
- Watch the sunset in Oia (free)
- Visit the white, red and black sand beaches (free)
- Wine tasting at the vineyards (varies)
- Endless photo taking on beautiful rooftops (free)
With all of the activities plus R&R, I would recommend staying a minimum of 4 nights up until however long you can. There’s no question that Santorini was our favorite stop!
Here are some additional tools to help you plan your trip!
Hotel recommendations site: www.SantoriniDave.com
Santorini Yacht Club: http://www.santoriniyachtingclub.com
Ferry (from Mykonos to Santorini: https://hellenicseaways.gr/en/booking