Blog By: Steve Gosling
If you are planning a trip to the whitewashed Greek island, make sure Santorini is the name that should be on top of your list. Your greek travel can no less be a dream come true once you visit and experience its prepossessing views. Being an adventurous traveler, my Santorini travel was one relishing the journey and an unforgettable experience. The daily working schedule was getting tough and I both my wife and I so wanted a break from our work stress. We were looking for a place to rejuvenate our minds and have a delightful time together. Without any second thought, Santorini was the place that came to my mind as I have heard a lot about this place. Well, the packing was done and the destination was a surprise for my wife. I knew she would like the place as I was more excited about our trip to Santorini. I am a person who loves to write about my travel and share my experience with the world just to let them know about the place and also at the same time try to ease out their planning. Check out my travel blog about Santorini that will convince you to book the tickets right away to this alluring place.
When to Visit?
If you are flexible with the dates, the best time to visit Santorini is April-May and Sep-Oct. I went in mid-May and it warmly welcomed us. Since the place receives more tourists at the beginning of June to early September, it wasn’t that crowded. The prices of the hotels, activities, accommodations, tourist attractions, etc were also at affordable rates. as they tend to increase as soon as the high season is about to start. Santorini is not ideal for winters much as a dip in a quick Mediterranean beach will not be a good idea. Also, most of the hotels, shops & businesses, restaurants are closed mostly.
Where to Stay?
Since I am an adventurous traveler, no matter how the place is, I am always looking for a room with a view. But unfortunately, my wife is a bit different and likes to go for a luxurious stay. Keeping the budget and her wish in mind, we decided to go for Dreams Luxury Suites in Imerovigli. It is one hotel that came out to be a complete package for us. With a quiet & peaceful environment, lavish bedrooms with impeccable views, we undoubtedly made a great choice. Having a fine dining restaurant, a huge outdoor swimming pool with a splendid view, refreshing spa, sauna, and beauty center, it is just perfect for a stay. Also, their incredible services were really appreciable and worked like a cherry on the cake.
What to do?
Santorini is not just about the views and sightseeing, rather it has a lot more to offer. My top recommendations for what all things are there and you should definitely not miss are both for adventure and not so adventurous kinda people. We started our day with a Wine tour, headed to cruise to Nea Kameni, and then it was time for ATV Tour and we ended our day with a magical sunset.
For all the wine lovers, this is the place not to be missed. It took us almost half-day to explore it all and it was immensely satisfying. Since Santorini wines are considered to be the best wine in Greece, where we got a chance to taste the 12 different samples of wine styles that were served with cheese, salami and the Greek olives making your day the best of all.
Cruise to Nea Kameni
After the wine tasting, there headed to a boat cruise to Nea Kameni. Since the island was formed via a volcano, a visit to Nea Kameni was a must. It was an enjoyable experience altogether and we had a great time up there.
I was super excited when we finally came to the ATV Tour. We rented an ATV (quad) to explore the island. Places that should be there on your checklist while you are on your ATV would surely include the Red Beach, Oia and Perissa Beach. I really enjoyed my day to the fullest on my ATV and surely the picture says it all. Look how happy I am when it comes to such adventures.
There were many more activities that we experienced like a footpath hike from Fira to Oia, scuba diving, and the Santorini cooking class.
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What to Eat and where?
Apart from exploring the place, serving your taste buds is also an important task. Once we were done with the activities, it was the delectable food that was missing and in Santorini it was bliss. I would personally recommend restaurants that are my favorite and serve the best food are Mezzo, Argo, Athenian House. For a perfect coffee date, Passaggio in Oia and Pure in Fira are the two places you should try out at least once.
Dishes that I am still struggling to get over were the Greek Salad, Roasted Greek Lamb, Moussaka, Saganaki, Spanakopita (try only if you like spinach), Tomato Gefthedes and the list will never end.
Clearly, it was one memorable trip and Santorini made our journey a memorable one. The surprising Santorini without any doubt really surprised my wife and she just loved the place and my decision as well. Get your bags packed, Greek is just a ticket away.