If you do a simple Google search for Santorini, most likely the photos you’ll see are of the white buildings and blue domes of Oía, probably the most popular town on the island. While it is gorgeous (and you’ll get to go snaphappy with all the bright buildings like I did – evidence below), Oía is definitely not the only place on Santorini worth seeing.
For the first part of our trip, we chose to stay in Megalochori, near the capital of Fira. The hotel was on the edge of the caldera (the west side of the island, and where you’ll want to stay if you want to see sunsets from your hotel) and in a really prime spot. Not only could we watch the sunset from our pool, but there were a ton of hiking trails all around.
We made our way down the path all the way to the sea below, and then (grudgingly) back up again. The view across the caldera was absolutely insane.
Whereas Mykonos has long stretches of beaches with ombré waters, Santorini has dramatic cliffs and deep, dark blue sea. It was quite the contrast from what we’d gotten used to!
To be honest, the southern end of Santorini was my favorite part of the island. None of the hustle and bustle you’ll find in the bigger towns, and none of that “too exclusive” attitude you’ll sometimes encounter in Oía.
All the southern beaches were awesome too, our favorites to goof off at were Perissa and Akrotiri.
One of the coolest spots we found was Akrotiri Lighthouse, at the very southern tip of the island. It has the most beautiful view!
My personal favorite thing to do was just ride on the ATV and pull off anywhere that seemed interesting. We found skinny side streets, hidden beach clubs, and seriously magnificent views of the Aegean Sea. Oh, and this super adorable kitty taking a siesta under some bougainviella. Could you just die of cuteness?!
I touched on this before, but the Greek people are wonderful. When you think about what their country is going through, to still find them with a smile on their face day in and day out is truly impressive. They are generous, kind, and open, which I think we could all learn a thing or two from.