Adventures in Santorini: Guide
The island of Santorini was our first stop out of three in Greece (for our Honeymoon) at the end of May. We had great weather for the 4 nights + 5 days that we were in Imerovigli, with the temperatures sitting around the mid-20's, and dipping just below 20 or so in the evenings.
I booked us at the Abyssanto Suites & Spa in the quiet area of Imerovigli for our stay in Santorini. We had an amazing experience with this hotel - from the enormous breakfast spread to the private hot tub, it completely exceeded our expectations. The hotel even had a bouquet of flowers and a bottle of champagne for us upon arrival! It was such a beautiful welcome!
From our balcony, we had a gorgeous view looking across to the more lively spot of Oia. We also had a view of Thirasia island across the way which only has about 300 residents and no tourism whatsoever, which is crazy compared to the 3.5 million tourists that come through Santorini every year. At the end of May, when we went, it wasn't quite their peak season yet so we found the island to be on the quieter side and not a ton of tourists.
Our stay at the Abyssanto was at the very top of the caldera - we had an unbelievable and unobstructed view of the Aegean Sea from our window & balcony. Below us was the reception area with a large pool and lounge chairs for all hotel guests to use. To top it all off, those Santorini sunsets are definitely something - one of the best we've ever seen!
Santorini is filled with so many amazing restaurants, shops and landmarks that I wanted to create a short guide of some of our favourite spots and places we stumbled upon and ended up loving during our four days on the island!
Watch the Santorini Sunset from the Spiridakos Catamaran Cruise:
One of the activities I booked ahead of time (and highly recommend!) was our 5 hour semi-private catamaran cruise around the island. We had 12 others on our cruise, and the Spiridakos crew were so outgoing & knowledgeable. It was beautiful large sailboat and was a great way to see the island from the sea. They serve unlimited wine & drinks on the cruise and take you to red beach, an active volcano and into the hot springs (note: they are not very hot, and you have to swim roughly 100m to get into the "hot springs" area, but a little swim in the Aegean was so fun!). After seeing a few sights, the crew prepared a traditional Greek barbeque dinner and we continued sailing while watching the sunset from the boat.
Try Chillbox Frozen Greek Yogurt:
Cutest little frozen greek yogurt spot right in Fira Square. We went here one evening for dessert after a delicious gyro (with french fries, of course). Chillbox has so many great flavours and toppings!
Rent a Smart Car: (Seriously, do it!)
We had our heart set on renting an ATV, however we ended up renting a smart car and we loved having it to get back & forth from Imerovigli to Oia (15 min drive, otherwise a 3 hour walk) and having it to explore more of the island. There are so many smart car rental places nearby and so many tourists drive them around. Santorini roads are extremely narrow and busy and our smart car was so fun to whip around in (plus you can park literally anywhere!).
Eat at Avocado Restaurant:
This lunch & dinner spot in Imerovigli was one of our very favourites with the friendliest staff you can imagine. We were treated like family, the food was unbelievable and it's open until midnight! They blend their tzatziki with avocado and it's so fresh & yummy. It was also only a few steps away from the Abyssanto Hotel and has a cute patio out front.
Eat at Mezzo:
We ate at Mezzo on the first night of our honeymoon and we were not disappointed! The citrus salad starter was so fresh & the salmon was cooked perfectly. Almost every table at this Gastro restaurant has a beautiful view overlooking the Aegean Sea and you can see the sun set behind Oia.
Visit Atlantis Bookshop in Oia:
An absolute must see in Oia, started by two British friends who came to Santorini in the early 2000's and noticed there wasn't a book shop on the island. It's been open ever since and it's filled with unique reads, gifts and rare collector books & series.
Eat at Passaggio:
Right near the entrance into Oia, this little restaurant had so much charm and a delicious breakfast!
Eat a Gyro:
SO many amazing authentic Greek gyro spots on the island. We loved Why Not Souvlaki (among others) along the path to Fira - sooo yummy! We would pick up gyros on the go so we could continue with our day without stopping for too long.
See the Greek Churches:
Walking through all the small towns in Santorini, you can see countless churches in the picturesque blue & white palette. They're all so photo worthy!
Thank you for reading my Santorini Guide! xx