Legend has it that the Santorini Island (Greece) was inhabited by an extremely advanced civilization – we’re talking about the inhabitants of Atlantis / Atlantida. It doesn’t really matter if this is true or not, what matters is that Santorini is the perfect destination for a romantic getaway, an amazing stop for a perfect holiday. The island where people seem to drink more wine than water. The island that amazes you from the first second you set eyes on it.
The easiest way to get to Santorini is by plane. You could drive all the way there and cross the Mediterranean Sea with the ferry, but really that would be just a waste of time: believe me when I say it that as soon as you set your eyes on it, you will want to spend as much time as possible in Santorini.
Where to stay during your vacation in Santorini?
There are basically two choices for accommodation when you visit the island and each has its Pros and Cons: first, you could choose a smaller city (like Kamari) where costs are lower and you can easily get to the beach.
Or you could choose one of the more famous regions, like Imerovigli, Fira or Oia, where you will enjoy the best views of Santorini and experience your holiday at its fullest, but expect prices to be at least double. Also, since these are the flagship places to be in Santorini, they might get a little bit crowded.
During my stay in Santorini I went for the first choice, mainly because of the reduced costs: we stayed at the Mediterranean Beach Palace in Kamari which war more than decent with its amazing sea view and two steps to the beach.
We also had the chance to spend one night at a 5 star resort in Kamari, Santorini as a gift from the agency for some problems we had (no need to mention them here since they were not directly related to the holiday) and it was amazing to experience the room with the jacuzzi and a huge balcony.
How are the beaches in Santorini?
Santorini is a volcanic island and therefore the beaches are of a spectacular black color, the sand is not the most delicate you have ever seen and water shoes are generally required. But there’s also an amazing red beach that is absolutely spectacular and you can even find the Monolithos beach for example with sand and barely any rocks to upset you.
And despite the rocky beaches, Santorini is still considered one of the most romantic destinations in Europe (and even in the world) and many couples choose to spend their honeymoon here. And I can guarantee that they have no reasons to leave disappointed.
And if the amazing view that’s almost a trademark to Santorini (and obviously amazing, as you can see in the attached photos) is not enough for you, you can visit the volcano and bathe in the thermal waters there, you can go for a tour of the island or check out the Churches in Santorini (there are a lot of churches there).
And if you go to Santorini you owe it to yourself to check out the sunset from Oia – many people say that from there you will see the best sunset the world has to offer. And I won’t ruin it by posting a photo of it – you really have to see it for yourself to actually feel the magic!
Food and drink in Santorini
As I already said, the wine is the beverage that everybody seems to love on the island and we’re talking about some really great wines, with an amazing taste offered by the volcanic soil of the island. About 70% of the island is covered with white grapes and you have to drink their local star VinSanto (Saint Wine) that comes at prices of 25 – 50 Euros per bottle.
When it comes to eating, there are a lot of choices you can make and you should “risk” it with the local food. The tomatoes filled with rice, tzatzichi (or something like that) and tons of dishes based on fish – these are the delightful foods that you have to try while in Santorini for your perfect romantic vacation.
Prices in Santorini
The island is probably one of the most exclusive and expensive in Greece. Although you can find hotel rooms at rates of 30 EUR per night, they can go as high as 300 EUR. You can also find great deals with tour operators, with 7 nights with breakfast and plane fare costing around 400 Euros at a 3 star hotel, while an extra star and dinner included can be as low as 650 Euros (prices for Kamari). Which is, in many cases, cheaper than what you can get if you travel on your own.
If you choose to dine at a restaurant, a great meal will cost around 20 Euros (or double at the top restaurants), which includes a drink.
So all in all, the prices can be decent if you don’t plan to eat and live at the most luxuriant places in Santorini.
Hopefully my words – and especially the photos – have convinced you that Santorini is an amazing destination, especially for a romantic getaway where sun and relaxation are the top priorities. There’s not much to visit, but the cities themselves and the beaches and the entire island can be considered a tourist attraction, so I am sure that even the most demanding tourists will love Santorini.