I’ve been terribly lucky with the fact that I was able to have such along holiday in a destination on my Bucket List. Ever since I saw those iconic white buildings with their bright, bold blue roofs I knew I had to experience it for myself in person – and so I was able to!
We stayed in the Villa Sagini, which is located in Imerovigli, situated amongst the stunning greenery that covers the valley. It is a 5* Villa with its own housekeeper who visits every morning with fresh pastries for breakfast, along with a villa manager who is contactable via Whatsapp who gave superb recommendations for activities and restaurants to dine out in.
The villa boasted two bedrooms and a guest house situated in a cave to the side of the house. It also had an infinity pool which overlooked then island – it was simply stunning.
The stunning views didn’t stop at the villa. I frequently stopped off in Fira, around a 10 minute drive from the villa – if visiting Santorini, I do recommend renting a car to navigate the island.
Fira offers amazing views of the Caldera and the surrounding islands of Nea Kameni, Palea Kameni and Thirasia, with many restaurants situated on the edge of the cliffs offering a breathtaking panoramic view. It’s also the main city centre, where you can find supermarkets, an abundance of jewellery stores and souvenir shops.
Another place I stumbled upon was the ancient village of Megalochori, which has the traditional Greek architecture that was native to the island. It’s a bit tucked away as you must park up and walk into to explore it due to the narrow roads that don’t allow for vehicles.
There are numerous beaches to explore with each having a unique charm – and different coloured sand. The three hot spots are the Red Beach, White Beach and Kamari beach, the latter having black sand. The Kamari beach is easy to get to with plenty of taverna on the beach front to provide much needed sun in the midday sun. The Red Beach requires a hike along the cliff edge to get to it as it is within a cove with no roads or footpaths to gain entry. The White Beach is purely accessible via boat with no way to get to it otherwise – there are many ferries which will take you there but beware the last boat back is at 7pm!
Stay tuned for my next blog post where I give my top five activities to do whilst visiting the island!