We returned from our holiday to Santorini 3 weeks ago and I though it might be fun to show you what we got up to and where we went! Our aim for the week was to have a really chilled time, enjoy our lovely hotel and only do what we fancied – there were obviously more things that we could have done, which I will list as the end of part 2 of this post
It’s pretty long and photo heavy so stick with me and I hope you enjoy!
We landed in Santorini at about 4pm local time, thankful for our private air conditioned transfer that drove us the 20 mins to Sun Rocks Boutique Hotel. I’ve written a seperate, more in depth post all about our hotel here so take a look!
Acclimatising to our new surroundings very well indeed, we took things steady with a sun lounger and a cocktail for a few hours, soaking up the amazing view
Our hotel was in Firostefani on the west of the island, so we were lucky to have a view of that famous sunset every night from our doorstep…
After the sun had set and with rumbly tummies we went off in search of dinner…
Don’t you just love the feeling of exploring somewhere for the first time, not quite knowing what you’re going to find?!
Being the big romantic that he is *cough* the husband decided that he wanted to eat at ‘the restaurant with the live music’ so we followed the sounds of trumpet and base guitar and ended up at Casa Di Te
We were greeted with pittas, tzatziki & taramasalata and the gorgeous bottle of wine we’d chosen. I must say now that we didn’t have a single bad wine during the whole trip (and we tried A LOT!)
Onto the food and I chose the whole stuffed squid. It was a whopper and was stuffed with grilled vegetables and cheese – very tasty and very filling, the squid itself really tender and well cooked
For my main I had the shrimp saganaki – large prawns in a tomato and feta sauce, again really nicely cooked and the cheese wasn’t too overpowering
We skipped dessert but were given these sponge cakes soaked in honey which were to die for, and a few glasses of Mastika which is a sweet Greek liqueur made from tree sap! Not a bad end to our first evening!
Preferring to start our first day slowly, we had breakfast on our terrace before enjoying a couple of hours by the pool
For lunch we had a reservation at Ammoudi Fish Tavern in the beautiful Ammoudi Bay – you can read my full post on Ammoudi Fish Tavern here.
After lunch we made the hot trek up the hillside to go and explore Oia
Of course we had to have an essential beer stop when we reached the top! Even though there was quite a brisk breeze for most of our trip, it was still toasty!
Everywhere you turn there’s something else beautiful to look at!
Having had enough of walking round in the heat, we jumped in a taxi to our hotel. When we arrived back the
child husband was hungry again, so we ordered ginger lemonade and tzatziki with pittas and enjoyed a few more hours dipping in and out of the pool
After a quick change we walked out in search of dinner (no we never stop eating, and no I’m not sorry!) We headed first in the direction of Imerovigli and the sunset…
…then turned back on ourselves, to walk through Firostefani and half way to Fira…
…grabbing a glass of wine at Volkan on the Rocks as the sun finally went down. We’d heard that you could get great gyros at a place in Firostefani but unfortunately they really weren’t good at all and we wished we’d made a better choice! Oh well, there was always tomorrow…
Starting the day with another lovely breakfast at our hotel, we thought we’d take a walk to Imerovigli during the day
This place is a little old windmill that you can stay in!
We stopped for coffee and shade at Buddha Bar at La Maltese hotel, thinking to ourselves that we would return for dinner later that week
A while later and after a good mooch, we looped back round to Firostefani in search of ice cream!
Back at the hotel we cooled off in the pool and just couldn’t resist sharing a club sandwich. I usually feel guilty on holiday for saying that I love being at the hotel or by the pool as I feel maybe we should have been exploring more, but for some reason here I really didn’t care! It was such a beautiful place, with amazing views that it was a pleasure to be there
We had friends staying on the island at the same time as us so what better than to have them over for drinks before we headed our for the evening?! After a bottle of fizz and some beers, off we went to Fira for the night. The rest I’m afraid is a bit of a blur! I can however recommend V Lounge in Fira for drinks and great views
Now I’m not going to lie, after crawling into bed at 3:30am I was not feeling too fresh – thankfully help was on hand to bring us all the vitamin C we needed!
We eventually made the 20 steps from our room to the pool deck, and spent a lazy afternoon reading and snoozing in the shade with more of that ginger lemonade (at the end of our stay when we left, the girls at reception gave us the recipe as we’d gone on about it that much!)
Evening time came and suitably recovered from the previous night’s antics, we got ready and back out, this time for dinner at Catch in Oia (you can read my full post about our dinner here)
With the sun set, we called it a night and made our way home ready for another busy day…
Santorini Guide – Part 2 to follow!