Santorini is postcard perfect at every turn. And yes, I can confirm that your eyes will be feasting on a sea of blinding white, a cascade of cave houses that delicately flow down the earthy cliffside, in something more impressive than tetris like configuration; I am unsure what makes this sight so world renowned and so beautiful.
But Santorini, offers so much more than the opportunity to take an Instagram picture on the famous backgrounds with blue domed top churches.
High up on the cliff tops, you feel like maybe you could be walking alongside Zeus himself, overlooking the vast caldera below…no one tells how high you really are, it is enough to get adrenaline pumping through your veins and feeling very much alive.
Then, there is the unrelenting heat from that searing Mediterranean sun, ήλιος. it kisses your skin and gifts you with that golden- to-die-for Grecian glow, the best souvenir from Santorini.
I must contest that Santorini serves purely as a honeymoon destination; I of course went here with my best girlfriends, a sort anti-honeymoon if you must.
Our schedule consisted of lazing around in cliffside restaurants, guzzling moussaka, dolmades, and other delicious Mediterranean delicacies. We rode around carefree on ATV’s with salty cool wind in our hair and lapping on our sunkissed cheeks, visiting the different facets of the islands, red sand beaches, black sand beaches, bays and more…town to town, Thira, Imerovigli, and the famous Oia.
And at the end of the day, after our bellies were full and our minds filled with new and unforgettable experiences (including me crashing the atv into a wall), we were able to kick back and indulge in that famous sunset.
The sky filled with evolving hues of orange and blue and pink as the sun dipped down below the sea in what was a most glorious moment I will never forget. You must go see it for yourself. And certainly, do not wait for your honeymoon to do so.
Accomodation: Porto Fira Suites
Getting there: Aegean Airlines from Athens, or SeaJets Ferries
Highlights: Amoudi Bay – for wonderful fresh seafood by the bay
Black Sand Beach- as the name suggests
Red Beach- for terracotta cliffs against blue hues
ATV rentals – a must to explore the islands
Oia- more touristy than I liked, but good for those postcard perfect pictures
Thira- more laidback, nice views of the caldera without the crowds
Hire a yacht for the day to see the island from the sea