Getting to know Santorini means inevitably falling in love with this Greek island with an Italian-sounding name. We are telling you from the start, this paradise is much more than white houses with blue roofs, its amazing sunsets (although we are absolutely in love) and its secret beaches. Santorini will be the magical experience you make of it but will also provide with moments you can only live in its streets and unique spots.
Thira, the capital city, will fascinate the visitor with its architectonic uniqueness. There is no way for big ships to get to the shallow Thira port so the entrance to the city must be made by little boats starting the trip with magic. Thira’s houses receive the tourists waiting at the edge of the cliffs with its interior patios with Mediterranean flavour.
Oia is one of the most charming little towns in the island. One that will create a bewitching contrast at the moment of sunset when the white of the houses’ walls turns into bright pinkish orange. As if out of a postcard, Oia will grace you with its steep streets, donkeys as a means of transport and its enchanted radiance. Take to the streets and let yourself wander through art galleries, coffee shops and fashion stores. Look for hidden treasures like the Platani Church or its Sea Museum until the extraordinary moment of sundown.
For the best views in the village, book a room at the Grace Hotel in the little town of Imerovigli, near Skaros, a 300-metre tall mountain. Its location is second to none. The little Agios Ioannis Katiforis church, built in the 15th century, is the perfect setting to visit on a Sunday or getting married during the perfectly romantic summer getaway. Hotel Grace only counts with 20 rooms and the Grace Suite, the most majestic of them all, has two swimming pools and a hammam. However, all of them provide Korres products and have 7 different pillows to choose from.
Actually, Santorini is not exactly an island but part of an emerging volcano out of the sea which erupted in the 15th-century bC erasing a whole civilization. Hence its volcanic beaches of mysterious beauty and hard on the visitor. There is no way of walking barefoot or lying down to sunbathe in a sand that is simply burning like hot lava. Maybe the Red Beach is the place the Hades is inspired in. Others say that Santorini is the long-lost Atlantis. Might as well be.
Each and every beach and shore in Santorini is simply otherworldly: lively Kamari, long Perissa with its black sand, Vlychada protected by spellbinding cliffs, lonely Baxedes and wonderful Monolithos are just too good to be missed. However, don’t be afraid to explore, get lost and find some secret inlets where to enjoy solitude or feel that the island belongs to you.
Santorini sunsets are the most famed in the Mediterranean sea described from conjuring to magnetic, they do not need long introductions. There is always a reason to see one more sunset on the Greek island. The magic of nightfall in Santorini will make you fall even harder in love (if that is already possible). The pinkish light reflecting on the white walls of the houses in towns like Oia with the ships lulling at sea is an image never to forget.