‘The best things in life are the
people you love,
the places you have seen and
the memories you have made
along the way.”
Santorini is a gorgeous place. It is truly a photographer’s paradise and is exactly what I had dreamt about Greece. The blue sea and the white painted towns make you feel like stepping into some magical world! This is one place that has to be visited at least once in a lifetime.
As our ferry was approaching this mystical island, we were treated to a magnificent view of the beautiful caldera (volcanic cliffs) and the Oia town, the most popular place in the island. From Athens we reached Santorini by a Ferry called Blue Star. It is gigantic in size and I have no idea why they call it a ferry because for me it’s a ship☺. The trip was a bit longer than other ferries given it’s size, but for the same reason it was also a very smooth journey. It was a completely new experience for me as I had never travelled in a ship before but we enjoyed it thoroughly. The open decks which offered clear views of Santorini as we approached the island was another reason for choosing this. We booked the business class which was in level 4 as far as I remember. It’s nice and spacious.
Our resort, The Santorini Princess Spa, is a wonderful place to stay in. It is in Imerovigli, about 15 mins drive from Oia. The property is as beautiful as the place itself. But what really sets it apart is the behaviour of the staff which was unforgettable throughout our entire stay. As soon as we reached our room we were served some lovely welcome drinks (champagne cocktails). My husband had specifically insisted on booking rooms with a sea view and that was another reason why we stayed at the Santorini Princess Spa where each room has a private balcony facing the sea offering your own private view of the sunset. Throughout our trip we were able to view some spectacular sunsets. So don’t forget to plan your days when in Greece so that you don’t miss the sunset. ☺
After taking some rest, we went for a quick dip in the cute pool where we met with an Australian family who were there for a wedding. The bride & groom and all their family and close ones had flown in from Australia to celebrate their wedding. No wonder Santorini is quite popular for destination weddings. By the time we came back to our room, the sun was exactly where we wanted it for some beautiful photos before it sank beyond the horizon. It was the perfect setting to enjoy some wine watching the colourfully lit up skyline in the lingering rays of the setting sun.
Oia and Imerovigli are specially known for the sunset views. However Oia can get extremely crowded and busy at sunset times with close to 15,000-20000 visitors embarking on the tiny town in the afternoon for a piece of the sunset. I would recommend staying at a hotel in the peaceful Imerovigli if you want to avoid the crowds.
For dinner we went out as we wanted to see the night life in Imerovigli. We went to Anogi, one of the best restaurants there, for some lovely greek food and wine.
Good morning! Day 2:
The second day started with a glorious view of the tranquil sea basking in the early morning sunshine. I just sat there watching the sea with a cup of coffee. Pure bliss! If you follow me on social media, you have probably seen the photo. It was a moment to remember! That morning, we chose to have breakfast served right in our balcony. It was a fresh and hearty breakfast starting with coffee, eggs, bacon but what I enjoyed the most was the nice and fresh Greek yoghurt with freshly cut fruits. We just did not feel like moving from that place at all. But the rest of Santorini was calling us and it was time to explore!
Wearing my blue and white striped ASOS dress we took some shots within the Resort and some more in Oia.
fashion-reflection in santorini|Greece
Oia and Fira are the two major towns in Santorini. More about Fira in my next post. The blue dome (these are churches) with the white buildings in Santorini is probably one of the most popular travel photos in the world. Being there with the man who means the world to me was really special. ☺
Take walks and just get lost in its beautiful narrow streets which will lead to some spectacular points from where you can see the bright blue sea. When you are tired of walking in the heat settle down in any of the numerous cafes all over the town to replenish yourself. Don’t forget to try Greek Frappe (iced greek coffee).☺
There is another little gem just beneath Oia called Amoudi Bay. This is not to be missed. There are more than 300 steps from Oia that lead into the Bay. However if you are of the more relaxed kind, you can also take a donkey ride down the steps and back up or drive via a separate route that goes directly to Amoudi Bay. We decided to walk and the lunch sitting next to the crystal clear water was well worth it.
DO YOU WANT TO KNOW WHAT WE DID NEXT IN OIA, SANTORINI? STAY TUNED FOR MY NEXT POST ☺
TO BE CONTINUED…
Stay healthy, Stay fashionable. 🙂