Kalimera! (Good morning!) After sharing a summary of our time in Athens and then Crete, I will leave you all with a few highlights from one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been, the breathtaking island of Santorini in Greece.
Below are some of our favorite moments from the trip…
1.) The walk from Fira to Oia.
In Santorini, we spent two nights in Oia, the westernmost town of the island, and one night in Fira, the capital of Santorini. After we transferred over to Fira, we decided to try out part of a famous 6-mile urban hike/walk from Fira to Oia.
But first, gyros!
It was so hot and we didn’t have time to do the whole walk, but is was well worth the two hours that we did put in.
It was a great way to take in the stunning views and capture a lot of those crucial postcard pictures!
2.) Lounging at Domaine Sigalas Winery.
While we were in Oia, we walked about 20 minutes over to Domaine Sigalas, one of the most famous wineries on the island. Chris and I shared a generous tasting of twelve wines, ranging all the way from lighter whites, to rosés, to bold reds, to dessert wines. We were able to just sit and sip through everything privately on our own time–my favorite style of tasting!–with a brochure on hand to explain it all. It was great to try the Assyrtiko grape, indigenous to the island.
We sat right up against the vineyard itself and watched an adorable kitten bat the grapes and dart around the rows.
The wines were overall very quality and reasonably priced. We bought one to enjoy during the rest of our trip and another to bring home. I’m also excited to try out Kapnos in DC sometime, which serves wine from Domaine Sigalas!
3.) Hotel in Oia.
The best activity on Santorini island is really just enjoying and taking in the beauty everywhere. With this in mind, we spent two of our three nights on the island in an incredible hotel, Ikies Traditional Houses.
This place is located in Oia, which many consider to be the best area of the island for caldera views–and the sights are truly unparalleled. The staff went above in beyond during our time there. We thoroughly enjoyed relaxing by the pool and waking up to a luxurious breakfast as we watched the sun spread across the island each morning.
What a dream! I hope we have the opportunity to return to Ikies someday.
4.) Catamaran Tour on the Aegean Sea.
One of our favorite moments of the entire Greece trip was a catamaran sunset tour by Captain Ted’s Santorini Sailing Cruises. We had a wonderful crew and enjoyed great company, with about twelve passengers total on the boat. We sailed on the Aegean Sea, taking in stunning views of Santorini, nearby islands, and the sunset. We stopped at three different places to swim and snorkel, including the nearby sulphur springs!
I think this may have been my favorite food experience too! We were served a family style meal cooked and grilled fresh on the boat. Dishes included Greek salad (of course), hummus, eggplant, grilled calamari, shrimp saganaki, chicken, and more.
Incredible. Giada from the Food Network actually picked this catamaran cruise line to highlight when she was in Santorini – and after this amazing meal, we understood why!
5.) Rushing around trying to catch the sunset everywhere!
It was funny how the sunset dictated so much of our day and night in all of the places we went in Greece—and it always seemed to be disappearing earlier than we expected!
We wanted to see the sun set on the Acropolis in Athens, eat dinner on our balcony in Crete while the sun went down, then get to our restaurant in Iraklion by the sea in time for the sunset. Our couple days in Santorini were very sunset-driven as well–because you just can’t miss the beauty of the sun lowering behind the island caldera. Truly magical.