My good friend Zoe from Greece has written yet another exciting post about Santorini, a beautiful island that I will utmost adore. The setting of one of the world’s most beautiful islands, I breathe a sigh of wonderment if I will meet the Greek of my dreams…
Looking for a loved-up couple’s holiday this summer? Look no further than the Greek Island of Santorini. I’m serious, this is one of the dreamiest holidays you could imagine having. The instantly recognisable blue-domed Santorini is for lovers; the rapture of first love, the comfort of knowing someone inside and out and the tenderness that develops after many years. It’s hard not to get swept away by Santorini’s warm embrace. Whether it’s a proposal (good luck!) in front of the breathtaking caldera (the inverted remains of the volcano that formed the island), soaking up the dramatic sunsets of Oia or Imerovigli, opulent terrace meals with plenty of local wine, or a cheeky couple’s dip on a quiet beach, it’s easy to fall in love with Santorini.
You must start any visit to Santorini with the Old and Nea Kameni Islands in the heart of the caldera. Take a 15 minute boat trip and you’ll be swimming in hot thermal springs. Afterwards, it’s around an hour and a half hike to the top of the volcano, for seriously good panoramic views. Don’t worry there hasn’t been any eruption since the 1950s but don’t blame me if you’re left feeling hot and bothered! Next door is an even quieter island: Thirasia, population of 150. This is where you’ll want to relax, sunbathe and swim on the black volcano pebbled beach and in startlingly, clear waters.
For an amazing experience that is hard to replicate, we think a wine tasting session in a winery like Boutari is a lovely day out. Santorini is actually quite famous as one of Greece’s best wine producers and Vinsanto (or Holy Wine) – a leftover from Venetian rule – is a sweet digestif, best enjoyed on a private terrace as the sun goes down. Likewise, the island has some characteristic foods that it would be criminal not to try. We could talk all day about must-eat dishes but we won’t. Ok we will, but just a little bit. Fresh seafood is in abundance and used liberally. Enjoy a private meal with a caldera view at Thermes Luxury Villas. A specially prepared meal, just for two served by a personal waiter on a secluded balcony with a glittering sunshine, will make it feel like you’re the only two people in the world. Try the fresh lobster pasta, grilled octopus or stuffed calamari as you watch the magical sunset. The fava, a kind of dip made from broad beans and karpari, known as capers to you and I, are special flavours of the island too.
Santorini is immediately recognisable thanks to its candy-coloured houses, gleaming turquoise waters, striking red and black beaches. Indulge in a romantic holiday to Santorini and you will certainly have the most romantic moments that you’ll never forget.
Express your own kind of romance and let Santorini unveil the dream…
Zoe Mouchritsa – Blogger
Zoe lives in Athens and specialises in finding the best and brightest things to do in this lively city and throughout Greece. After completing a BA in Applied Informatics and Multimedia in beautiful Crete, she jumped full-time into blogging and is now editor for WhiteAndBlue.gr.