I’m sorry I’ve taken so long to post my Santorini recap. If you do not recall, last Fall I went on a two-week vacation to Greece staying in Mykonos, Crete, and Santorini. The reason for the trip to Greece was to attend one of my best friends wedding in Santorini. Due to the lengthy details, I will be breaking up the blog post by the islands.
We arrived in Santorini via hydrofoil from Crete. The trip was a little over 2hours by boat, however, you can fly to Santorini by connecting through Athens on Aegean Air.
My husband and I stayed in the picturesque village of Fira, at Porto Fira Suites. Fira is centrally located on the caldera side of the island. Think of whitewashed hotel villas located on the side of a cascading mountain. Very similar to that of the most famous village on the northern point of the caldera, Oia.
When booking our hotel and deciding on the location, I wanted to be within 15-20 minutes of the wedding location, which was near the southern part of the island in Melgachori. However, I wanted to be able to walk out our hotel and have the convenience of restaurants and shopping.
Fira ended up being the ideal location for us as I wanted to stay on the caldera side of the island so I could experience the amazing sunsets. The village of Fira is made up of the whitewashed villas on the cliff side, which to me was a must when visiting Santorini.
One of the best excursions that I highly recommend is a sunset island cruise. We took a 5-hour boat cruise around the island with stops at the Red Beach, White Beach, and around the volcano. We circled back around stopping along White Beach for a freshly grilled dinner on the water prepared by the crew. We were able to swim around and enjoy the crystal clear blue water. Closer to sunset we headed back towards the dock while watching the breathtaking sunset sailing along the caldera.
Locations to Stay
Oia: One of the most famous villages known for there picturesque cliff side villas and blue dome churches, located on the northern point of the island.
Fira: Centrally located along the Caldera side of the island. This area is equally as popular as Oil just centrally located. There are several hotel options, shopping, and dining in this area.
Melgachori: One of the southernmost points on the Caldera side of the island. This area is more of a remote village. I would recommend this area if you were looking to be secluded and away from the busier shopping touristy areas.
Whichever location you choose to stay in, you will not be disappointed by the views of the beautiful sunset.