Santorini - Greece
Santorini – this idyllic Greek island in the Aegean sea served as the backdrop to our 30th birthday celebrations…two years ago! Named after Saint Irene, this breathtaking Mediterranean gem has a reputation for being a honeymoon destination and its clear to sea why. That said, it’s still a wonderful getaway for mature family members – sorry kids, this trip is for adults only.
Famed for pretty whitewashed cliffside homes and boutique hotels, the towns of Oia and Thira are behind Santorini’s appeal. For many, this formally volcanic island is a bucket-list destination from which to view romantic sunsets against the dramatic panorama of the Aegean sea. If there’s one other sight that Santorini is instantly recognisable for, it is the blue-domed churches perched high up on the caldera and all around the Cyclades. Each church was constructed for sailors by their families, who would congregate here to pray for their well-being out at sea and safe return home.
You’d be hard pressed to take a bad photo on this island since there is beauty to be found on every corner. The island is truly a feast for the eyes.
Speaking of food, our favourite dishes included warm fava beans, moussaka made with white eggplant, and Santorini Salad. Here in London, a salad is a sad and sore sight on our plates; but in the land of the famous Santorini tomatoes, the Santorini Salad is as marvellous as the Island itself. One other delicacy we cannot forget the taste of is the whipped and light-as-a-cloud Greek Yoghurt drizzled with locally-produced honey. We savoured this every morning for breakfast, thanks to the care and attention from our cook at the luxury Windmill Villas we called ‘home’ during our stay.
We’ll let the photos do the talking; but first, here’s a summary of our trip…
Where we stayed:
What we saw:
Pristine white-washed cliffside homes and boutique hotels
Church domes painted in bright blue
Panoramic views of the endless Aegean Sea at Sunrise and Sunset
Where we ate:
How we got about:
Since our Windmill Villa was located in Imerovigli, (some distance outside of the popular cities of Thira and Oia), we opted to rent a car. We also ordered a taxi a few times because…have you seen the craggedy winding hilltop roads?
What we learned or experienced:
We absolutely love Greek cuisine
Santorini tomatoes are the most juicest we’ve ever tasted
The warmth of Greek hospitality
Utter peace and tranquility on this blue-and-white island
Watching the sunrise and sunset over the Aegean Sea
Living in a thoughtfully-maintained converted luxury Windmill villa, with private pool and jacuzzi
Indulging in the most delicious plates of food
Relaxing and unwinding amid postcard-perfect views