Exploring Santorini

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We had the privilege of visiting Santorini for my friend’s wedding and I can’t lie, I was almost as excited to visit this beautiful island as I was to watch her get married (sorry Vic!). So many stunning photographs are taken on this breath taking island and pretty much as soon as we touched down we could see why.

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We based ourselves in Kamari, with the rest of the wedding party, but hired a car from Sixt and managed to explore some of the other beautiful towns during our (too short) stay. The first afternoon was spent lazing by the pool at the peaceful Kastelli Resort which was luxurious without breaking the bank. The rooms were filled with pale blue or lavender hues with white washed walls and white linen. Many of the rooms have balconies or terraces which were a perfect way to relax.

From there we wandered into Kamari and struggled to choose between the plethora of restaurants on the sea front and after too much Kleftiko and wine we went back to the hotel.

Kamari Beach

Kamari Beach

The second day of our trip took us up to the capital of Fira which we spent a bit of time wandering through. I was keen to get to Oia (pronounced E-A) though so we slowly drove North to probably one of the most photographed places in Europe. Oia is one of those places that you want to capture on film every time you turn a corner, with each view even better than the last. The blue domes of the churches mixed with the brilliant white of the houses set into the rock face are like nothing else I’ve seen, yet seem so familiar. Set against the azure blue sky which was completely free from clouds made it such a memorable experience. This, along with the tiny winding roads, cafes, bars and shops could have kept me there all day.

We walked down to Amoundi Bay to have lunch which sits right on the waterfront – literally, we almost fell in! It quickly became apparent that even though the usual Greek favourites feature on the menu the people of Santorini very much have their own food culture and despite having visited Greece seven times before I ate dishes I’d never heard of including an amazing dip called Fava.

We spent the rest of the day driving around the island, stopping briefly at Red Beach before heading back to the pool to relax.

Saturday was the day of the wedding which was a truly magical day, the views of from the venue and the sunset is something we won’t forget in a hurry.

My only regret of this trip is spending only a few days here, it’s definitely worthy of a longer trip if you have time.

Travel tips:

Flights – We flew from London Gatwick with Easyjet who fly daily in peak season.

Hotel – We stayed at the Kastelli Resort

Airport – the airport is tiny and like most Greek island airport not the most slick of operations, Heathrow terminal 5 shopping haven it is not.

Travel – As mentioned above, we hired a car but the roads are tricky to navigate and although we didn’t use it I hear the bus service is excellent and may be an easier way to get around.

Parking – saying that, we didn’t struggle to park and it was free everywhere we went

Wedding venue – Le Ciel  and photography by Nathan Wyatt

 

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