Trying to decide where to go for my summer vacation, I started researching about the best destination in Europe. Santorini is among the 10 best in Europe, and among the 20 best ones in the whole world.
It was a no-brainer at this point. Why not visit my country, since it has to offer one the islands you have to visit once in your life?
We booked the hotel for 7 days and rented a Smart, so that we could go explore the whole island. To be honest with you 7 days in Santorini is too much. If I had to it all over again, I would go for 4 days in Santorini and then visit one of the islands around it.
I have to say that the flight from my hometown was 55 minutes long, but the worst one I have had in my life. The plane was small and therefore you could feel every movement. We finally arrive in Santorini and we go pick up our car.
Our hotel was about 10 minutes away. It had great reviews online and it was located in one of the island’s villages, Kamari. We arrive at ‘Acropole Sunrise Hotel’ and I was blown away by the view. The hotel was located in a high point in the mountain (not very high, it is within walking distance) and the view of the sea was amazing.
It was not one of those expensive, luxurious hotels you will mostly find in Santorini. It was a family business, run by the most helpful and nice people. The moment we arrived, the owner, Petros, offered us juice and cookies and gave us a map. For about an hour he was telling us where to go and how, and what to eat and the prices of each place.
Our room was simple, but thankfully it had air condition (when visiting Greece during the summer you ALWAYS need air condition). We had a private balcony, which allowed us to look at the view day and night. The breakfast had very basic choices, but it was free.
And from the next day, we began exploring.
I will not get into detail right now. There are so many things you need to know when it comes to beaches, food, and sights. I will analyze each part of Santorini in different posts.
It is great if you visit for 3-4 days as I have mentioned before, since the island it not as big as it seems. We went everywhere within 3 days, and after that, we were just sitting for hours on the beach drinking cocktails (no, I do not complain about that).
The food is top notch anywhere you go. In some places, they are a bit overpriced, but you can find cheap ones all over. ‘To Pinakio’ in Kamari, is the best food I’ve had on the island. It is mid-range when it comes to prices. The menu has a few items and they are all delicious and cooked perfectly. I recommend this place 1000%. If you do not like sweet foods, you can skip it. Be sure to call them a few hours before you go, so they book you a table because it is always full.