My new favorite love in Europe.
It is very hard not to fall in love with the blue white charming island of Santorini. Incredible caldera views, romantic little streets with dreamy architecture and the most beautiful sunsets.
The mountain island which evolved from a volcanic eruption is split into 4 villages; Fira, Firostefani, Imerovigli and Oia being the main tourist hub. You can explore all facets of the island by rental car but also hike from village to village along the caldera. Stop and get lost in one of the taverns and indulge in endless feta cheese variations, local fava and traditional music.
Perfect spot for honeymooners, couples and special occasion weekend trips.
Where to stay:
Suites of the Gods: Located very close to the port, the Suites of the gods has 22 upscale cave hotel rooms without neighbours providing privacy and a romantic atmosphere as well as a breakfast terrace view to die for overlooking Fira and Oia. Their cave spa is famous among the island for its variety of treatments and cave pools.
Irida Guesthouse: This little gem owned by a greek couple does not only offer extreme privacy only providing 6 hotel rooms, it also is located in my favorite village Imerovigli with a spectacular view over the caldera.
How to get there:
I traveled by ferry from Crete which took 2 hours and is a quite convenient as ferrys between the Cyclade islands go every day and are great for island hopping. There are also flights to Santorini via Athens.
What not to miss:
Akrotiri excavation site presenting archaeological findings of the Minoan city from 5th millennium B.C.
Go to one of the 12 wineries and try the local Santorini wines, my favorite being the Vinsento dessert wine.
Red beach, one of the most special beaches in the Cyclades you will find close to the ancient site of Akrotiri. Explore red beach and its different tones of black and red volcanic rock.
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