Santorini was beautiful – there are not enough adjectives to describe this wonderful island! It’s also the reason why I’ve decided to do two posts – there’s so much to show!
On this trip, I was with two of my friends who i’d never been on holiday with before. We had the best time with a whole lot of laughs, particularly at 1am in the morning, calling the hotel reception and asking for the randomest things! lol
As much as I loved Santorini, our trip didn’t have the best start – unfortunately, our airline decided to leave Gatwick without any of the passengers bags! I think the point where the conveyer belt stopped running at the airport and there were no more bags, we knew something was wrong! I usually travel to Europe with a cabin trolley so was fine but both my friends had checked their luggage in and had to wait till the next evening before getting it back. Anyway, despite all of this, getting to our hotel and seeing the stunning blue skies made up for it, to some extent 😛
We were in Santorini for 5 days which is a good amount of time to relax as well as take in the sights. We went towards the end of April which was a great time to go as there weren’t many tourists. The only risk is the weather as it can be a bit unpredictable – we had a couple of really chilly and ridiculously windy days but, other than that, the weather was really warm and pleasant.
We stayed at The Majestic Hotel, a 10 minute walk to Fira which is the island’s capital. Staff at the hotel made the trip amazing – they were so friendly and helpful at all times plus the pool was gorgeous. I would definitely go back!
We spent the first day walking around Fira, getting a bite to eat and looking for some clothes and other essentials to last my friends until they got their luggage – thank God for Tally Weijl!
Fira is such a picturesque town with its cobbled streets and jaw dropping views of the volcano. There are lots of places to eat and the town is really easy to navigate as it’s pretty small! Once you get on the cliffside, there is a picture postcard view literally every where you look – warning though, beware of the donkey dung! There are lots of donkeys that transport people up and down the cliffs (I felt so bad for these poor animals!).
Santorini doesn’t have lots of tourist attractions – it’s more about enjoying the scenery and relaxing. Having said that there are a few sights. In Fira, we went to the Museum of Pre-historic Thira. It was quite small but interesting though wasn’t a must-see in my opinion. The museum holds some artefacts that were found in Akrotiri, an archaeological site on another part of the island and which I would recommend seeing. You can get a combination ticket at Akrotiri which works out a lot cheaper if you want to see the museum as well.
If you do go to Akrotiri, be sure to also walk down to the Red Beach which is a 10-15 minute walk (named after the colour of the red volcanic rock) – not your typical white sandy beach but still pretty cool!
Hope you enjoyed this post and that it’s given you some holiday inspiration – watch this space for Part 2! Have you been to Santorini? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below! 🙂