Our little guide to Santorini! // Week 2

Week two:

Alright, time for week two of my three week journey. Week two was the beautiful island of Santorini! We did a lot of different things. The days were filled and sort of blended together,  so I thought i’d put together fun little guide, the way we saw the island : )
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  • Ancient Thira- The ruins of Ancient Thira are located on a high rocky headland called Mesa Vouna, where you overlook the land and the sea!  it’s 396 m. above sea level and t was founded in the 9th century B.C. by Dorian colonists whose leader was Theras, and continued to be inhabited until the early Byzantine period. Also there is a museum!
  • Hike along Sellada mountain near Thira. Fun fact, we stayed at the Sellada hotel which our view was the mountain!IMG_0269
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  • Visit a winery – There were tons of wineries around in each town. Prior to dinner one evening we stopped by an art gallery/ wine tasting. Perfect pre dinner activity. Santorini  has some great wine!! I think it’s due to it’s volcanic soil ;-) IMG_0239 IMG_0243 IMG_0248
  • Drink the wine! Try some of the local wines, truly the best. We enjoyed every one we tried.
  • Have a chance to visit each town: Kamari, Oia, Fira, Thira, Akrotiri —- each town had something special and a great view. Whether the calladera or valley views. Each morning we picked a town and drove to it and ate or had coffee and explored a bit.  This was taken along the way to oia on the edge at a cafe :)
  • Favorite village: Oia. So beautiful and the last part of the island so the views are amazing!
  • Visit the red beach
    The red beach is so cool and literally red/ maroon colors from the lava. The red rocks and crystal blue water is such an amazing color combination.
  • Eat with a beautiful view. The views are gorgeous, it’s undeniable. But, we quickly realized that the restaurants with a view were very very pricey, even double then other places.  It’s once in a lifetime so we splurged a few nights but also enjoyed food at some hidden gems. One of my favorite dinners was our first night and in Fira.
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  • If you’re only going to be in santorini and no where else in Greece then you must eat at some local taverns. Traditional Greek food is the BEST. Stuffed peppers, moussaka, spinach pies, the list goes on!  We went to Irini’s in Kamari which is one of the oldest restaurants on the island!, she is still making the best food and dancing!
  • Speaking of dancing, you may also be able to catch some folk dancers. Alot of greek people travel to different islands and share their “version” of a dance. While in santorini, we saw a particular group from the mountains preforming.
  • Metaxy mas = the space between us. I think my favorite place. Cheap, AMAZING food, and views of the valleys. The first time we were there we instantly fell in love  and treated like kings and queens. The amount of food we got for 40 euros was amazing. We went back a second time. We wish we went more ;-) but we wanted to explore a bit more.Displaying photo.JPG IMG_0140 IMG_0155 IMG_0151
  • Fish spa! If you watched the kardashians.. when they were there they got a fish pedicure, something fun to try! ;-)
  • Get to know your area where you’re staying. Our hotel offered breakfast each morning, but I enjoyed walking to a certain bakery for pastries to go along with our coffees. It was a fun morning routine and I felt like a local ;-)
  • Mingle with others! Our hotel had a few cookouts where you could take place. I believe a lot of places did this – On July 4th, we attend the cookout and got to mingle with other people. Guests from Italy, Germany, and so on. It was cool to connect over a meal. We ended watching one of the world cup games with some friends we made.
  • Try all the amazing coffees.  If your a coffee person like myself, this was a fun thing! I enjoyed countless freddo espresso, cappuccino and frappes :)
  • Swim in the beautiful Aegean sea + visit Kamari beach.  It’s right on the coast and has black sand.
  • Visit Oia for the famous sunset. They are o n e – o f – a - k i n d, completely breath taking. But, watch out for all the tourists. The one night we went to oia to see the sunset, and it was PACKED. Side note/ tip: If you get hungry like I do, pack something to eat ;-)
  • Eat all the greek yogurt you can. Silly, but greek yogurt IN Greece is the best. SO thick and creamy, topped with fruit, local honey and muesli. Yum yum yum.
  • Take as many pictures as you can! Capture everything from food- sea & your adventures.
  • Buy a few things at the local market like snacks. This will also save some cash. Fruit, bars, water and others. You definitely need to stock up when you are sightseeing too! I loved these nougat bars.
  • Shop the little stores. Every walk way had little stores and cute things to buy. IMG_0217 IMG_0219
    I brought home so many cute trinkets + gifts from the island for family.
  • Take a piece of santorini home with you. I got this lava bracelet
  • Relax! You are on vacation that is. Sit back, kick back, drink and enjoy a good book. We did a lot in the morning and ended the day sitting on the beach! Perfection.
    Displaying photo.JPGLastly.. I suggest staying in Kamari beach. It is the opposite end of Oia { at the bottom of the cliffs } It was a cute town, right next the the beach { very important to us! George needed to swim in his ocean ‘-) } + the owners were so kind to us! We really felt at home. It worked out perfectly for us.

    Santorini was beyond beautiful and such a great trip. Relaxing, adventures, amazing food AND romantic.

    I’m linking up with Katie to share today’s week 2 with you all!  It’s a pretty marvelous island ;)

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