What can possibly be more magical than the turquoise waters, silky sand, and white Cycladic houses lining the cliff tops of Santorini?
A sudden desire to explore and be with my best friend some where hot in the sun brought us to my favourite little paradise, Santorini. It is truly otherworldly and I can’t put into words how it feels to be on such a serene island, surrounded by endless white and deep blue hues. Even as my second time around, I was in absolute awe of the beauty of this island as we quickly took to exploring the side streets away from the tourists.
Imagine absolute silence, standing on a white rooftop overlooking a blanket of deep blue waves and the curve of the island coast sparkling with civilization. Although Santorini is definitely very touristy, it is possible to avoid the crowds and find the perfect natural environment which gives this island its charm.
Best time to visit: June! The peak seasons of July and August are flooded with tourists (think brides in their wedding dresses and tourists with selfie sticks).
Where we stayed: Astarte Suites in Akrotiri completely isolated from the rest of the island, is the ideal getaway for a few days. We were lucky and had the entire infinity pool overlooking the caldera to ourselves. The space with truly incredible…airy, all white, mosaic tiled floors and the open sky above. We also stayed at Hotel Nissos Thira which is located directly in Fira town. It also has a swimming pool which is quite rare if you don’t have your own private villa to enjoy and want to cool off.
Must-see Towns: Oia, Fira and Imerovigli.
Favourite Bars: Franco’s Bar, La Maltese and Koo Club . When we were there, Franco’s Bar was the ideal stop for a few lazy drinks. They played classical music and we got to lounge around in hammocks and look up at the millions of stars. The first time I walked by La Maltese, I couldn’t believe my eyes at how beautiful the venue was. Apart from the fact that it is a 5 star luxury property with a “private members only club,” it was eclectic and had such a fun and buzzing vibe. The Koo Club is located in the middle of Fira, so right in the hustle and bustle of all of the bars. It has an awesome outdoor club covered in palm trees with dance floors spread across two levels. I would definitely go here for your big night out!
Top Activities: Explore the infamous hiking trail along Fira, watch the sunset in Oia (obviously), rent quad bikes and ride from Fira in the north to Parikia in the south, tiptoe across the sleeping volcano, order the catch of the day at a local taverna