Santorini moments: part 1

 
 

When: May 7th – 11th, 2017
Where: Santorini, Greece
Stayed: Agali Houses, Firostefani
Instagram: #haningreece2017

Adios Mykonos! Jon and I arrived in beautiful Santorini late on the 7th, so we grabbed dinner at what appeared to be the most popular spot called Vanilia. The waiter recommended a local fish called seabream which I ended up liking so much I ordered it at other restaurants over the next couple of days. We were crazy excited about our hotel in Santorini, because we splurged on a private pool, but when we got there the room wasn’t as advertised. We ended up switching to a more modern but smaller, therefore cheaper, room with a private outdoor jacuzzi. Win, win if you ask me!

Even though the hotel was gorgeous, we probably wouldn’t recommend it. There were lots of little things that made it slightly less than perfect – bad wifi, lack of constant hot water, breakfast just being OK (we went out for breakfast after the first day), no room service, etc. With all that said, it didn’t put a damper on our time in Santorini at all. It was still absolutely unforgettable. Here are some of the highlights (Part 1).

 
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Santorini's active volcano

Santorini's active volcano

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We spent a full day exploring the town of Oia, which was more gorgeous than I imagined it to be. Spring flowers covered all the pastel rooftops. Every side street gave a new, exciting and gorgeous perspective of the caldera. Also, it’s so beautiful how all the colorful church tops stick out in a sea of white buildings. 

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Lunch consisting of Greek tapas at Melitini. They had the friendliest wait staff of all time. Get the tzatziki and the meatballs!

Lunch consisting of Greek tapas at Melitini. They had the friendliest wait staff of all time. Get the tzatziki and the meatballs!

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It’s probably impossible to take a bad picture of Oia.

It’s probably impossible to take a bad picture of Oia.

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A windy staircase to heaven

A windy staircase to heaven

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Άγιος Γεώργιος / Saint George Church

Άγιος Γεώργιος / Saint George Church

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Drinks at Tramonto All Day Lounge. We bonded with our waitress after she explained she has family in Boston!

Drinks at Tramonto All Day Lounge. We bonded with our waitress after she explained she has family in Boston!

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We loved catching the beginning of the famous Oia sunset, but we had to go back to Firostefani because of a crazy wind storm. Watching the sunset from our jacuzzi wasn't so bad either! 

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Other trip highlights + thoughts

  • We planned to take a ferry from Mykonos to Santorini, but they were all booked up a week or so out, so we ended up flying. We found both the ferry and flying in-between islands to be equally as easy and comfortable. The ferry is cheaper ($75 v $200), but other than that it’s totally personal preference.
  • We stayed in Firostefani, which was wonderful, but if we could do it over again, we would have stayed in Oia. With that said, the bus (only $1.75) to Oia was so simple to get to and only took about 20 minutes.
  • Of all the places we visited, Oia had my favorite shopping! Make sure to bring lots of cash if you’re planning on buying lots of goodies.
  • It’s true that tourists and photographers stake out their “spot" to capture the famous Oia sunset. We met people who were there 5 hours early.

Santorini part 2 coming soon.

 

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