Living in Greece means I get to travel to the beautiful Greek islands every summer. Santorini island is one of the wonders of the world and an island I’ve visited twice and will definitely keep going back to. It’s the perfect place for a romantic getaway but it’s also a fun place to explore with friends. The view is breathtaking and you will never get tired of it. It has a soothing effect and makes for beautiful pictures.
We stayed at the Splendour Resort at Firostefani, a very central part of the island.
Our favorite thing at the hotel was drinking cocktails by the pool. Santorini Sunset is definitely one I would recommend.
The rooms were beautiful and roomy and resembled caves. They were minimalistic and in tones of white and beige stones which gave them a relaxing feel.
Food and Drinks
There were so many restaurants and taverns that we went to but here are some that stood out:
Ginger Sushi, Firostefani (€€)
As a sushi lover, I just have to find sushi everywhere even if it has nothing to do with the traditional cuisine of a place. The sushi here was so good that we just had to order seconds.
Mylos, Firostefani (€€€)
Mylos (Greek word for windmill) is a bar that is literally in a windmill. Most of the cocktails and deserts are prepared in front of you, which is really fascinating to watch! These are some of the best cocktails I’ve ever had.
Remvi Restaurant, Firostefani (€€)
This restaurant has a breathtaking view and some really tasty traditional Greek food. It’s lower on the slope of the cliff, allowing you to enjoy the view from a slightly different angle. I also loved the blue and white theme throughout the restaurant.
PK Cocktail Bar, Firá (€€)
I found this cocktail bar through Instagram because it makes for great photos! The gate to the bar is beautiful and draws your attention immediately. The view of course is breathtaking as always.
Another interesting thing about this place is how your order gets to the bartender. The waiter YELLS your drink order down a pipe and then puts his ear on the pipe waiting for the ok that the bartender heard him. I ordered a cocktail that was served in a monkey glass and was very fruity, fresh, and delicious.
Onar restaurant, Firostefani (€€€)
This restaurant was right next to Splendour Resort and we went there for dinner. It had a clear view of the beautiful Caldera and the food was amazing. I ordered the grilled salmon and my lovie ordered the linguini pasta.
Melenio Patisserie, Oia (€€)
This patisserie was perfect for breakfast. Besides the amazing sweets, there were many breakfast options as well as tasty smoothies. All this was accompanied by the breathtaking view of Oia.
Captain John, Thirassia (€€)
This tavern is located on a little island next to Santorini, Thirassia, which we visited as part of our volcano, Caldera, tour. There are about five restaurants at the base of the island by the port; however, the tour guides suggested this one over any of the others.
We were told that this area of Santorini is known for its delicious seafood. We didn’t have a chance to visit it this time around but we got to see it from a far. The rocks are red and all the restaurants are at the base of the island.
A tour to the volcano is a MUST. The island has five craters one of which is active. The tour also includes a dip in the hot springs by the volcano and lunch on the island of Thirassia. You can include a trip to Oia for the sunset if you wish.
If your boat tour leaves from the old port of Santorini, then you will have to either take cable cars from Firá down to the port, take the stairs down which takes about 30 min, or ride on a donkey.
View of Oia from the boat:
Here are some extra photos to appreciate the island’s beauty!
There are more places worth visiting that I didn’t get to go to this time around, like sunset at the Akrotiri lighthouse, ruins, the red beach, any beaches with black sand, etc. so you should definitely do more research on Santorini before you plan your trip. I hope you enjoyed reading!