Greece | Santorini
It was the last stop, and some would say it was the PERFECT way to end our honeymoon. The weather was warm for April and the sun was out everyday, dawn till dusk when, what seemed like 100’s of people, locals, visitors and day-trippers alike, would come to witness that famous Santorini Sunset. It was incredibly surreal, and so much so, that each afternoon we found ourselves without much effort winding down by the pool to witness it again and again and again.
Hotel: Porto Fira Suites (highly recommended)
We situated ourselves in the town of Fira (also called Thira or Thera), the capital of Santorini. With the hotel located towards the west end of the island, it provided us the perfect balance of peace and goings-on. Fira featured a panoramic view which extended 18 kilometres long, from the southern Cape Akrotiri to northern Cape Ag. Regardless of where you stay in Santorini, I doubt one would be disappointed. The island is honestly picture perfect around every corner, with its white washed wallslaced in every colour of bougainvillea one could dream of, it sure was paradise.
If you get the opportunity, I would highly recommend a sailing tour of the island, the Santorini Yachting Club are the people to speak to and it is an experience not to be missed.
The hike from Fira to Oia, just under 10km, took us all but a few hours to complete, with many MANY stops along the way for my photo happy self, we timed it so that we would make it just in time to watch the Sunset at Oia. The walk winds through the sweet towns of Firostefani, Imerovigli before arriving at Oia and we found this to be a nice way of seeing this side of the island.
With our love of hiking we also spent a morning hiking Skaros Rock. This trail is not as popular as the trail from Fira to Oia but had so much to offer! Skaros Rock is a large rock formation located in the town of Imerovigli. The views from the rock are pretty spectacular, providing you access to postcard shots of both the north and the south of the island as well as the Caldera. If you do wish to get to the very top of Skaros Rock wear appropriate foot ware as it is a steep climb and may not be for the faint hearted.
On our last day we hired a scooter to explore the island on our own and by pure accident came across a road which led to “The Black Beach”, minutes later we ended up at Akro, a beach bar, where we paid little to nothing to hire a pair of read umbrellas and chill by private turquoise waters, cocktail in hand of course! The rock formations to the left of the beach bar were strikingly beautiful and had a small cave opening that you could swim up to, if you’re into that kind of thing. The scene was so beautiful we spent the whole day lounging and reluctantly made our way back to our hotel in the afternoon. This experience was by far the Highlight of our Santorini Trip and one that I urge everyone not to miss!