Santorini: a little island with a spectacular form, one of the most popular, beautiful and well-known destinations in Europe. And no wonder: it has the sea, the view, the life-style and the good vibe. Blending the myths, the ancient history and the good wine, Santorini is assimilated by some with the lost “Atlantis”, the land of prosperity and utopia. From Plato’s stories, to today’s life in Santorini, several thousands of years have passed; one thing is for certain: this Cycladic island deserves the interest of any traveller.
When you start discovering Santorini, it is easy to imagine that this is the land that Plato was taking about in his famous dialogues. Atlantis stands for one of mankind’s oldest dreams and myths, the one of the lost paradise. Santorini has impressed me, to begin with, with its chill vibe, clean architecture and the most amazing wine. In the sunset light, you can almost feel the breath of the ancient Gods over the island.
I arrived on the island after 48 sleepless hours. I was in a very agitated state of mind (for different reasons), but as soon as I’ve seen the little white houses with blue rooftops, the view literally calmed me down in a second. I felt safe, warm and welcome.
The trip we booked lasted for five days and, if at the beginning I thought things will get pretty dull, I soon realised there are way too many things to do, see and experience on this little island. I was here before, but this time I have managed to get to appreciate so much more this destination.
Avoid the hot, touristic season
May seems to be the perfect timing to get here and enjoy the most what this island has to offer. Many reasons for that:
The weather and the heat are still bearable. If you love swimming in the clear blue water, then already May is good enough, you just need some courage to jump.
The nature looks different, more “alive“. The locals told me that in the summer it is much more dry and the sun burns everything down. Driving around these days, I’ve seen a show of colours on the cliffs of the island.
Another reason is that, even though the island is pretty alive, there are not too many tourists. You can still pick your place on the beach, get a table at your favourite restaurant, and (oh-well!) take your favourite photo without other tourists in the background. 🙂
A room with a view
As I stood up from bed this morning and I opened the window blinds, I wanted to yell with happiness. The view was just splendid and it gave me an amazing vibe for the whole day.
I had booked a room with sea view at one of the best hotels on the island. The staff, the rooms, the delicious breakfast, the location, everything took the experience of my trip to Santorini at another level.
And really, if there is a place where to treat yourself with a good hotel and amazing services, this is Santorini. There are little things that make a huge difference.
Here are few things I loved about the island
The Red Beach
In the morning breeze, I took a short walk and just few steps up the hill I saw one of the most amazing landscapes I could ever imagine. The contrast between the red rocks and the clear blue water seems to have been taken from a movie with special effects. And in every place I’ve been these days I kind of pinned down a thought.
Seeing this, I thought of the deep contrasts in people. Cause even if we are like these two colours and, in theory, we don’t match at all, there is a certain chemistry that sometimes makes things perfect. And even if we are made from completely different molecules – like the million-years-old rock and the passing water of the sea, we can blend and we can live together. Isn’t that a pretty thing?!
Megalochori is one of the most picturesque villages on the island. Its existence is recorded back to the 17th century. Taking a walk in this village is a calming experience. The quietness of the village, the pastel colours from the porches and windows, it is all in the true spirit of Santorini. Highly, highly recommended.
My thought here: I realised there are still so many places to see in Europe that I would need five lives or more to do them all. Sometimes we think that in order to travel, we need to show-off and go on the other side of the planet. The reality is that Europe has such an amazing culture and so many beautiful places…
The Black beach in Perrisa
What I liked most about this place was… well, just being alone. I took a walk in the little village, then attended for few minutes the ceremony of a baptism in a local church. After that I simply laid down on a sofa close to the sea, ordered a Fredo Cappucino (my favourite drink in Greece) and unwired from everything else.
It is a chill place, with well-designed terraces and places to enjoy yourself, lounge music and sea breeze. The black sand is also nice to see 🙂
Being here, my thought went to how people design their lives, how they take decisions and how they assume (or not) the consequences. I started thinking about courage and changes, break-ups and break downs.
I thought about my future, what are my dreams and how I designed my life until now. And maybe more important: how it should look from here onwards.
Wine to unwind
Wine has been produced there since ancient times, but it was during the Middle Ages that the wine of Santorini became famous worldwide under the influence of the Republic of Venice. The locals are very proud and keen on their wine culture, just go with the ride, enjoy the local products and the low prices.
I had a wine tasting experience at the Cliffside winery included in the trip I booked. Apart from the wine, this came with an amazing view from the cliff. Totally worth trying!!!!
After 3 glasses of wine on a pretty empty stomach, my thought here was pretty dull: the place has some good and cheap wines. I should have more of that! Cheers to life!!!!
I loved hearing the stories about Atlantis, volcanoes, traditions and culture. Surrounded by picturesque scenarios, heart-warming people and great wine, I felt for few days like I was on a slightly different planet (no joke)!