This island is definitely a hidden treasure. A Greek island not known to many but such an beautiful place that you must have on your bucket list. Santorini is mostly featured in photo shoots or in ‘luxury holidays’ adverts. Although the spectacular views makes it seem expensive, it doesn’t have a heavy price tag! Here’s the best ways to experience Satornini to see the best of the island.

Kamari Black Beach

Kamari is a resort which is perfect for a romantic break or for families. The black volcanic beach is so pretty with several restaurants and bars attached to have a cheeky cocktail on the beach. Near the far end of the beach water sports are available including jet skis, banana and kayaks! This is such a perfect place to sunbathe and chill out. I would advise to buy gripped waterproof shoes as the sea is bedded with slippy rocks (we found out the hard way!!).

Websitehttp://www.3sxsport.com/ 

Hire a Car!

This is an ideal way to get to see the best of this gorgeous island. There are bus trips available if you can’t drive but many buses don’t go down some of the prettiest roads that blow you  away. We hired a convertible smart car from our hotel making it so fun whizzing around in the sun while seeing some amazing sites! Driving along while seeing Skaros Rock and the horizon of the ocean meeting the sky took our breathe away! In one week we got to drive around and see the whole island as it is only 91km squared.

Fira Old Port

Fira is the capital of Santorini. If you enjoy shopping or eating or drinking or hanging out and watching the view then Fira is worth visiting for a few hours in the day. The port of Fira below is where the cruise ships dock, though they don’t actually dock. They just anchor and the tenders come and get the passengers and take them to the small port.Even tho we didn’t use a cruise ship we wanted to explore  the port. We took a cable-car down for $5 each one way. in the cable cars you get an amazing view of the island however they are a bit rigidy!! You can also go up/down by donkey which is so fun while having an amazing back drop of Santorini Volcano. However they seemed to be mistreated as many looked exhausted and several whipped to walk quicker. Which was unfair and not needed at all the walk up the thousands of steep steps.However if you are in amazing shape and like a challenge you can climb all the stairs yourself!

Website:http://www.scc.gr/

Sunset

This is definitely something you need to experience before die. Its breathtaking.Its so hard to describe in words how magical this moment was. Although Oia is meant to be the best place to see the sunset, we were told it was very busy and hard to see the sunset due to the amount of tourists. We stayed in Fira and booked a table at a resturant, while watching the sun set and it was just as amazing!!

Oia

Its the most famous of all villages of Santorini. It is known throughout the world for its quiet life and fantastic sunset, and is certainly the most beautiful and picturesque village of Santorini. Situated on top of an impressive cliff and offers a spectacular view over the volcano of Palia and Nea Kameni. This place is full of tradition and culture with  charming houses in narrow streets, blue domed churches, and sun-bathed verandas.  Oia is much more quiet that Fira and the busiest area is the main pedestrian that runs along its length.

Perrisa Beach

Perrisa beach was definitely our favourite beach. It was so easy to go for a swim or a paddle without falling from slippy rocks. Its perfect for snorkeling and swimming in the calm waters. Its definitely more chilled out and relaxed on this beach compared to Kamari as its quite busy with families. It has several restaurants and bars on the front with lovely views of the beach. We went to tranquillo which as really quirky and eye catching. They do the most amazing fresh,healthy food, smoothies and cocktails perfect after a day of chilling on the beach.

Website:https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurant_Review-g635608-d2153973-Reviews-Tranquilo-Perissa_Santorini_Cyclades_South_Aegean.html

Kamari Open Air Cinema

 This has to be the cutest thing ever. I was expecting it have old films on and be slightly run down since its outside but no I was pleasantly surprised. They are new films that are in the cinemas back in the UK and it was so uniquely decorated. They had a little bar where you could get drinks, cocktails and popcorn. What a perfect way to end a holiday than watching a film under the stars?

Website:http://www.cinekamari.gr/

Article by Rachael Nichol

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