Santorini is a picture of perfection. Towering volcanic cliffs are spotted with white washed buildings, blue-domed churches and pink bougainvilleas while the Mediterranean Sea sparkles below. During sunset, oranges, pinks and yellows fall over the island in an ethereal glow. There are endless winding streets and ocean caves to explore, stunning views to be had and smaller villages to wander during your stay.
A boat trip is the best way to see the island from afar and leap into some of the most memorable swimming spots, like the hot springs. As you swim towards the skaros rocks lining the bay the water begins to change colour and grows warmer until it’s 33 degrees celcius. Suddenly you’re in the hot springs! Just don’t wear your best bikini – the sulphur will ruin it.
Heading to Oia for sunset is a must. Although it’s packed and I was more caught up in people watching, it’s pretty amazing. If being shoulder-to-shoulder with dozens of other tourists, all madly snapping pics on their iPads isn’t you’re thing then head down early with a picnic to grab a good spot.
For a different, albeit much windier, Instagramable view of the island head to Profitis Ilias.
Spice up your Instagram game by taking in panoramic views of the island atop Profitis Ilias. At 567 metres high you’ve got a panoramic view of the Santorini’s smaller villages, Fira, Oia and even nearby Cycladic islands.
On the way back, get lost wandering the winding cobblestone streets and marvel in the stunning architecture of some of the island’s smaller, lesser walked towns. Megalochori and Mesa Gonia are great stops with even better foods. Even better, they’re close to the island’s sprawling vineyards!