Lot’s of places we travel never live up to the hype. An example is Tahiti. You hear about the beautiful scenery, amazing beaches and remote locations. What you don’t hear about is the insane amounts of traffic, outrageous prices for everything and little history.
I was very impressed with Santorini! This island lives up to the hype! There is so much to do here, such amazing cuisine, unmatched scenery and great beaches. There are many places you can stay on this island, but the best 3 are Fira, Firostefani or Oia. The way these towns are built into the side of the mountains is so unreal. A lot of the hotels are old buildings converted to places to spend your vacation, so you will get the real feel of staying in a room built into the side of a mountain. The restaurants are so amazing, great food for a great value. Our favorite was Vanilla located in Firostefani. The scenery at almost any location on the island is jaw dropping. To catch the best sunset you will want to head to Oia, but be prepared to be overrun by tourist.
On Santorini I think the best way to get around is by 4×4 or moped. You can drive from one end of the island to the other end in about 1.5 hours. Oia to the lighthouse. On the way there are many amazing beaches to stop at. You can spend time at a white sand beach, a black sand beach or my favorite the red sand beach. Along the way there a many places to stop and take pictures of the Caldera. There is a monastery at the top of the highest peak with is home to 7 monks still to this day! Great views from up there! Renting the moped or 4×4 is only about 30 euro per day great value. The roads here are definitely some of the scariest in the world! A great day excursion is to go to the volcano by boat which is still an active. It last erupted in the 1950’s. From here you can go swim in the hot springs. Sail the water’s in between the island land masses. Do some island hopping and finish your day in Oia to see the sunset. There is a lot of hiking that day but I think it is well worth it! Times to travel here are anytime of the year but they have a climate much like South Carolina so their winter can be cool even snow on a rare occasion, but the summer is very hot! Great wine tours and vineyards! There is still so much more to talk about but bottom line is you need to travel there and experience it for yourself.
There are many places in the world they think the mythological city of Atlantis could be and Santorini is one of them because of the volcano erupting and sinking half the island in the sea, scientist believe Atlantis could exist here somewhere? The volcano eruption here that broke up the land mass of Santorini was considered to be one of the 3 largest volcano eruptions in the history of earth! If you have any questions let me know and I will do my best to answer them for you.