Next up was my bucket list one, Santorini!
We couldn’t go to Greece without visiting Santorini! For me, this was the ultimate. The caldera view is what you immediately think of when you think of Greece. I wanted to experience this for so long, it was definitely happening.
We took the ferry from Mykonos and after 3 and a half hours we were there! We took a bus from the port to Fira Town. It was really easy to find a bus to different parts of Santorini in one place. It is really busy but just try get ahead of the crowd to the buses and ask there. They’re also quite vocal with shouting out Fira town, so you’ll know. Make sure you have small change and small notes on you so it’s quicker and easier!
Where to stay
We stayed close to Fira town. Our hotel was called Gianna suites, located on the main street of Fira. It is about a 10-15min walk from town, which was actually hard with luggage. It’s quite a steep hill so bit of a workout! I would definitely use a back pack and not a wheelie bag like I did. My wheels shredded! I would have preferred to stay closer to town and pay a bit more or stay in a less modern room, but at least you’d be close to the bus stop and food places so you don’t have to lug heavy bags around. Just a tip from me to you. Find something that says it’s 5 minutes walk from the Fira bus terminal. Accommodation near Fira doesn’t have a view, unless you look for the Caldera view accommodation. Ours had no view, but we were doing Oia for the view so we didn’t mind not having it in Fira.
You can find the best sunset in Fira, Imerovigli and Oia. Oia is the most famous, and most tourists flock here in buses or from the cruises for the day. I was glad we got to see one sunset in each! If you ask me my favourite, I would have to say Oia, just because it was on my bucket list to stay on the side of that hill with the view of the blue rooftops and in my bucket list apartment! So it was all in all the perfect night!
The Imerovigli one actually happened by mistake as we drove around adventuring, found a giant rock formation below and saw people trekking down, so we did it. Well an hour down and an hour up but we found the cutest church, and I got to do an amazing photo on the church rooftop (which isn’t really allowed, soz), and it was truly magical as well!
We rented an ATV and drove around the whole of Santorini in two days. We loved Kamari and went back a second day because we loved the beach and wanted to swim there again! It was a volcanic beach, so the sand was all black volcano stones. It was amazing.
I think it would be nice to stay there and then take the bus to Fira, Oia and Imerovigli as well. It is nice to have a swimming beach where you don’t have to walk down 200 steps like the others! You could also rent an ATV in Kamari so you don’t have to be on a bus schedule, but can get to your accommodation with your suitcases easily.
We ventured out after the beach and up a very long hill, we thought we were lost but found this winery in the sky!
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Is Santorini on your list? Have you been?