Santorini, Santorini. Personally, it has been on my list of dream destinations for a very long time. So what made the middle of a pandemic?! the best time for me to go?
The main factor was always price – looking at flights and accommodation during the summer months, always pushed Santorini further down my list of potential destinations. So tip #1 for visiting – (if you can) go off season. Not only is it slightly cheaper but also considerably less busy.
Ok, now that’s out of the way. Santorini – is not the name locals call the island, they call it Thera. Santorini was named by the Italian after Saint Irin, and everyone else ran with it.
Santorini is quite a small island. You can drive your way around it within 45 minutes! The main areas to stay are: Fira, Oia and Kamari – the main distinction between each is how much you are able to spend on hotel and if you’re willing to drive.
Fira is the capital of Santorini. It has the best view of the whole island, and lots of activities to keep you entertained for hours.
Oia is the home of the famous blue dome churches you have most likely seen. Once you are there, it’s a range of restaurants and colour blocked buildings and churches. (Have a look…)
Kamari is roughly 20 minutes away from Oia. It offers cheaper accommodation options but all the magic of being in white-washed Santorini.
(Why not get the ferry to Santorini instead of flying?)
Buses and taxis in Santorini are cashless, so you will need to have Euros to hand to pay for the different things if you choose to not hire a car. If you are staying in Fira or Oia, you can get away with not renting a car to be honest. There are a range of scooters and quad bikes for rental.
Getting there – there are a range of airlines that fly to Santorini during the season, it dwindles down as the season closes (October times). If you are going towards the end of the season, or want to make a multi-centre trip out of it – why not fly into Athens? If you are heavy on time, you could also take a ferry from the capital to the island.
Accommodation in Santorini can range from €40 p/n to €600 p/n, so have a look and decide what suites your budget best.
Things to do:
- Wine tour
- Hire a quad/scooter to quickly get around
- A sunset yacht cruise
- Eat seafood
- Drink wine
- Soak up the beautiful scenery
I had an amazing time in Santorini and it really didn’t disappoint.
For some more information on my time, head over to @trippinwithsj x