Santorini is a place I have always wanted to visit and admittedly when I saw it on the Keeping Up With The Kardashians it looked like absolute heaven and I was even more sold that one day I would go there.
Fast forward to now. Danny and I decided we needed a mini break and given the weather here in the UK at the time we were in desperate need of some sunshine. Greece is not actually that far away from London and Santorini is only a 3 and a half hour direct flight, so we figured, why the hell not!
We flew with Easyjet which I think aside from British Airways is the only direct flight from London. When we landed we had pre-booked a taxi with the manager of where we were staying, which proved essential. We thought we could maybe just walk out and get a taxi like you do most places, but in Santorini things are a little different and they are only around 30 taxis on the whole island so they need to be booked or you could be waiting awhile. So a tip for you if you don’t drive, would be to arrange a transfer.
We stayed in Firostefani at Allure Suites, which was perfect. It is a building of four boutique suites and at the very top of the hill in Firostefani, meaning we had an absolutely amazing view across the island. Our suite had two levels and was really well looked after, with TV, stereo, outdoor jacuzzi and private balcony area. This is exactly how I had imagined Santorini to be. George the manager is super lovely and on arrival he sat us down, got us a drink and talked us through the island as well as handing us a map and guidebook. If we ever needed anything he was happy to help, oh and did I mention a champagne breakfast every morning included? Bliss.
This was really a calming break, I wasn’t wanting to go explore the island too much as for one as soon as I got there, I knew I would come back. This was just a holiday to completely chill out, so most days we spent eating lunch, sunbathing, dinner and drinks – the life!
Our suites were about a ten minute walk from Fira the capital, we had a lovely scenic route where when walking along we got some amazing pictures and when the sun was setting it was truly breathtaking. Oia is the place to be for the sunset, but for me this was just as perfect.
Fira is full of lots of shops, a lot of jewellery shops I noticed, plenty of cafes, bars and restaurants and is really the hub of it all. There is even a McDonalds if you are missing a home comfort. The streets wind round and it can get busy, our taxi driver told us July and August would be very, very busy but we found it fine, it was easy to move around and no one got in our way at all. Not once did I find it annoying or that it was too busy. This being the last week in June, so maybe we got there before it reached peak season.
Our favourite place to eat in Fira was Argo restaurant, everyone raves about Argo but yes it’s true it is amazing. You must reserve a table, seriously you must. We were very lucky in that we didn’t but they managed to fit us in, given this was not till 10.15 but it was our last night and I really wanted to try it, so we had a drink in the bar across and the wait was well worth it. I definitely recommend this restaurant on your visit. We also enjoyed drinks at PK bar every night we were there, this is a great bar, with three levels and a view out into the sea (when it’s light). On our first evening we went here and there was fireworks coming from a boat below, truly magical. I can’t promise you fireworks but I can promise you a good margarita.
Near our hotel a short walk was also The Bone, which had some really great Greek food and meat dishes, plenty of cocktails and a great chocolate dessert you don’t want to miss. We really enjoyed the food in Santorini and every meal we had was an enjoyable one.
Now as I said this holiday was to try to chill out and relax, so here are a few of my tips to help you do just that.
1. Read a book
One thing I don’t do at home is read enough and I love reading. I picked up In Her Wake at the airport, I’m half-way through and I am loving it so far. Another favourite is of course Girl On The Train which I read last year in Kefalonia, funnily enough the last time I picked up a book, oops.
2. Turn Off Data
Not only will this save you money, it will stop you using your phone as much. We had free Wifi in our place we stayed but I found myself less using it and when we went out for walks I didn’t need to check it as there would be no updates coming through. Also try not to read work emails, it’s not worth it and will only get you annoyed no doubt.
3. Do Something Different
In Santorini there is lots to see, so go for a hike to Oia to see the sunset, ride a donkey down the cliffs or hire a quad bike and go on an adventure. This will be a great way to take your mind off anything. Or like me just soak up the sun and the view.
Santorini is perfect for a getaway from London, we went away for 4 days and at the end of it I was wishing for more. It is such a beautiful island, exactly as you see it in the pictures, with great food, people and an amazing view every day. I cannot wait to go back.