There are not many places in the world that will take your breath away when you reach your destination, but Santorini is definitely one of them. You will marvel at the multicolored cliffs that are wonderfully located for tourists to take in the views of the caldera. Whether it is for your romantic honeymoon, or just a week away with friends or family in the scorching sun, it is a huge attraction for millions of travelers to visit every year. However, no place in the world is perfect, and before visiting Santorini, it may be best to warn about their major drawbacks as well, which may scare some people off. Here are the 5 best and 5 worst things about Santorini.
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5 best things to do in Santorini
1. Beautiful view
It goes without saying, that the views you will see are quite breathtaking at most points on the island. If you live in places like Oia, Imerovigli, Fira, or Firostephany, all you have to do is turn your head to one side, and you can see the views of the caldera. Not only are there just a few places to see spectacular views, but they are also at every point of your journey. Just walking through these villages will be the highlight of your trip, and before you do, consider catching the sunset at Oia, or visiting Oia or Scaros Rock. Obviously, those three things are definitely worth doing, as you’ll find yourself taking pictures, picture after picture, picture after picture. Not just walking, but if you have enough money, you can stay in a hotel that has these views from your bedroom, balcony, or the hotel’s swimming pool – and that’s what people think of when they come to Santorini. When it comes to beautiful scenery, it really has worldwide notoriety, and rightly so.
2. Best Hotels and Restaurants
Such comes into play with the beautiful scenery mentioned earlier, but many hotels and restaurants are on the edge of the cliff and this makes your vacation the stuff of dreams. For the restaurant, the service, the quality of the food, the views are all impeccable. There is a lot of variation in the type of food, whether it is Greek food or international. Plus, whether you’re a fan of seafood, meat, or even vegetarian – Santorini has you covered. As far as hotels go, what impresses me the most as a hotel guest is that you feel like you are secluded with an unrealistic view of whatever hotel room you stay in. Unlike the amount of time you spend outside your hotel room, but it’s just you and the view. no interruption. You won’t see many others, and the islands overcrowded doesn’t make your hotel feel like it, as they’re usually accommodating fewer people. Let’s not forget that you also have the luxury of a swimming pool during your entire stay – it’s usually never too busy.
While many people prefer to stay at their hotels and soak in the pool all day, for most people, I included, it can get boring after a few days. If you want to tour and explore, there are plenty of things to do on the small island. As mentioned earlier, if you love hiking, the hike up to Skaros Rock (in Imerovigli) or from Imerovigli to Oya is totally worth it. Please note, that the hike is about 2.5 hours long, and it is best that you avoid doing it during peak hours of sunshine or you will just get tired – speaking from experience. Other day trips include a boat trip to the volcano, and the chance to swim in the hot springs. There are also several wineries on the island, so wine tasting is a nice break from all the wine… I mean cocktails that you will drink while eating out on the island. There are many sights to see throughout the island, including the Ammodi Bay in the south of the island and the castle at Oia, the Prophet Elias Monastery, and the Akrotiri Greek ruins. There is so much to do, and everything is close by.
Blue skies and sunshine are almost a part of the furniture in Santorini. It is an island whose climate is warm throughout the year and can be quite cold throughout the winter months of December and January. However, the rest of the year is the perfect season for tourists. Clouds are almost non-existent throughout the summer months and rain is also unheard of. It’s usually not too hot when you’re there (eg 33+), as it’s the perfect temperature for swimming in your pool during the day and taking a walk in the evening.
While there are many car rental locations, it’s not the right vacation for everyone when they have to worry about driving on the wrong side of the road in short winding roads with other impatient Greek drivers – so thankfully, the island But the buses are great. The main bus station is in Fira, and it can take you literally everywhere on the island. Buses come regularly between the four hot sports, airport, port and it is easy to get to work. Also, a nice touch, which isn’t just Santorini, there is two staff on the bus, one to drive you and the other to pick up your money. There is no hassle when getting on or off the bus, and it is relatively simple. Plus, with the island being so small, you wouldn’t expect to be on a bus for more than 45 minutes to wherever you want to travel. Nice and easy hassle-free travel on the island without the worry of renting a car. Having said that, transportation is not necessary for all places, as it is ideal for commuting between towns and villages depending on where you are staying.