Santorini is as picturesque as you would imagine. Almost every place we visited was a photo opportunity, and we definitely took a lot of photos for “gram.” The beaches weren’t the greatest, but still so beautiful to look at, the food was terrific, as was most of our Greece trip.
Where we stayed
We stayed at Hotel Rose Bay. It is located in the town on Kamari and two min walk to the main strip of restaurants and beaches. The hotel itself didn’t have a view, but was surrounded by beautiful trees and flowers and featured a gorgeous pool in the hotel’s courtyard. The staff were very friendly and helpful. I would definitely recommend this hotel.
What we did
For our first full day in Santorini, we pre-booked a semi-private a daytime catamaran cruise with Spiridakos Sailing. The semi-private premium package only had 15 people instead of 30. It included unlimited wine and a lunch that was cooked on board. It included shrimp, chicken, pasta, salads. It was DELICIOUS!
We cruised the Aegean sea, making stops at the famous Red Beach of Akrotiri, then to the White beach, which is only accessible by boat. We also stopped at the hot springs for a swim. Finally, We stopped at Palea Kameni, a volcanic island that has a single inhabitant. The staff on board was attentive and friendly and really created a lovely vibe!
We booked a day trip through our hotel, which took us to a winery, to see some sights around Santorini, and to Oia to watch the sunset.
Prophet Elias Monastery
Prophet Elias Monastery is one of the oldest on the island. It is situated on the highest point of Santorini- 567 meters high (1860 feet). It offers a fantastic panoramic view of the whole island. Unfortunately, the monastery was closed the day that we visited, so we couldn’t go inside, but we did some take some group shots. So, the long, windy steep drive wasn’t for nothing. lol
Artemis Karamolegos Winery
Artemis Karamolegos is the third largest winery in Santorini, we tried three wines while we were there. I don’t think I loved any of them to be honest, the grapes are very different, and they are grown in bushes that are very low to the ground due to the climate. But, it was a fun experience nevertheless.
Vothonas Village is a small village that we visited on the day trip. It featured small stoned lined streets, traditional cave homes, beautiful churches and architecture.
Oia was our last stop of the day, and well worth the wait. It was stunning, the blue-capped buildings looked like a postcard. However, Oia was extremely crowded, and because the walking paths were so small, it wasn’t the easiest to navigate with all the people. But, we didn’t care, because the views were stunning, we walked around, took a ton of photos and ate dessert on a rooftop to watch the sunset.
What we ate
We had two nice dinner outings in Santorini. The first night we ate Kamari Beach hotel, the restaurant was recommended by our hotel concierge and did not disappoint. The food was really good and the dessert was even better. The last night in Santorini, we ate at a Soul by Splash which was a two-minute walk from our hotel. We actually ate lunch and dinner there that day. The food was that good, and we don’t have any photos of the food, because we inhaled it before we had a chance LOL. But, it had a beautiful outdoor patio, the staff was super friendly, and it was again right by the water, so you got a nice breeze and no bugs!
Santorini was definitely the most picturesque island we visited in Greece. The town of Kamari, where we stayed, was a perfect location, close to everything you needed and not as crowded as Oia.
10-days in Greece was nothing short of amazing, and I look forward to going back again with my husband this time and checking out more Greek islands!