Santorini is the kind of place you will have a hard time getting over…1 year on and I’m still having withdrawals!!
Where To Stay
We stayed in Perissa (mega mistake)…there is literally nothing there other than Perissa Beach which honestly isn’t great. We spent a lot of time (and money) commuting on buses back and fourth to Oia. I cannot emphasise this enough…STAY IN OIA…that is the ‘real’ Santorini, with the tall cliffs, white houses and blue water.
What To Do
The beaches are good, but not great; so don’t be expecting the dreamy stretches of sand you’ve seen in other pictures of Greece. The sand is interesting – often black or red, but is ruined by swarms of people trying to sell you knock-off sunglasses and handbags. In hindsight, we would of spent all of our time in Oia, one of the most exquisite places I will ever experience. We spent our days lazily drifting from restaurant to restaurant, wining and dining on what felt like the edge of the Earth. Have an early dinner and watch the sun set…it is one of the best things you will ever do with your life. Hire a buggy car and drive around the island under the burning Mediterranean sun (one of the funnest days of my life.) Walk (or ride a donkey) down to the waters edge and have a glass of wine in the afternoon sun and a swim in the cool, crystal water. Take a million pictures.
What To Eat
Cheese, seafood, pasta and local wine. Eat as much as you can – the food is so divine (and so cheap!) Spend a bit extra and try to have as many meals as possible in restaurants that overlook Santorini. They are meals you will remember for the rest of your life!