I’ve saved the best for last for my three-part Greece series: Santorini! You can catch up on our trip to Athens and Paros for a few travel tips and recommendations. Santorini is probably the most popular Greek island, and for good reason. It has your picturesque cliffside houses, shops, windmills, and restaurants.
Though we booked our vacation through Groupon & Key Tours Vacations, I wasn’t crazy about the hotel that was set in the package. We forfeited the hotel and splurged on an Airbnb. When in Santorini, the spot to be is Oia, known for its beautiful sunsets. I also really wanted to stay in a traditional cave house, so when I came across a few of Vasilis’ properties, I knew renting an Airbnb was the right splurge. We stayed in this specific property and loved the convenience of being in Oia and having amazing views of the water. Every morning, they dropped off freshly baked bread for breakfast and we enjoyed it sitting on the balcony, eating away. The only downside was that we weren’t on the sunset side, but honestly, that was a 2-minute walk to see it.
The most memorable meal we had in Santorini was at Fanari. We came across the restaurant exploring Oia the first day and asked to make a reservation for the cutest spot in the restaurant! Boy, we were blessed to see a beautiful sunset that night over an amazing meal. I’m still dreaming of our appetizer: sliced zucchini with whipped cheese, olive oil, and dill. WOW. The meal, sunset, and my stud make this a night to remember!
On our second day in Santorini, we went to the Oia bus station and for 2 euros, took a ride to Fira. One of the “things to do” (according to many travel blogs) is to hike from Oia to Fira on the cliffside. Michael was all for the 3-hour hike, but I started to catch the cold he was passing, plus being pregnant and always hungry/needing-a-restroom/and I-didn’t-wanna-hike, we took the bus. Fira had a lot to offer! Lots of shops to browse, restaurants to try, and helllllo, gelato to consume. Michael snapped this picture and I’m blurry because I was so excited for the “passionfruit” sorbet I just had ordered!
Another fun adventure was to hike down the cliff to Oia’s port and eat waterside. We went to Ammoudi Fish Restaurant for an awesome meal: Michael ordered a fish and I had grilled tomatoes and salad. The view was so cool!
Since we hiked down, we were left with a few choices to go back up the mountain. Since the donkeys were right there…
6 months pregnant and riding a donkey! Totally safe.
There are so many things to do in Santorini, such as wineries/breweries, renting four wheelers, and exploring the beaches! This place is one of my favorites on Earth, even more so that it was my second time there…I highly recommend you put it on your bucket list!