Santorini has been the number 1 “to do” on my bucket list ever since my 13 year old self watched “The Sisterhood of the Travelling Underpants“.
11 years on ( I apologise in advance! ) it’s still a guilty pleasure of mine! Every year since when spring hits and the holiday planning topic gets thrown around this has always been my dream destination.
Being from Cork in Ireland, getting to Santorini isn’t very straightforward.
With multiple flights needed to get there the price also multiplies. I have done other budget friendlier Greek holidays to Crete and Zakynthos but my heart still wasn’t satisfied. So I decided this year was going to be the year, and so the planning commenced. I spent hours researching different travel routes to take, the best areas to stay, pocket friendly (ish) hotels and I did daily check-ins with the lifesaver app skyscanner to keep an eye on the forever fluctuating flight prices.
The possible routes to take are:
- fly from Dublin to Athens + fly/ferry to Santorini
- fly from Dublin to Heraklion (Crete) + fly/ferry to Santorini
- fly from Cork to London Gatwick + fly to Santorini
The best value for us and most convenient was the London option, flying to London with Ryanair and to Santorini with Easyjet.
We checked in a 20kg bag between 2 of us and trust me, the worlds most indecisive person, planning a strict 10 day outfit plan was a challenge!! My boyfriend on the other hand last year packed 4 jumpers and 3 pairs of jeans to go to Italy during a heatwave!
Can you feel the struggle people!!!!
Anyway.. after a night’s stop over in London and a 6am flight later we arrived in a not so sunny Santorini . Instead we arrived to a very cold, windy and at night time wet and thundery Santorini. with me instantly regretting my packing choices of skimpy little short shorts. I now (to myself of course) wished that himself had packed those 4 jumpers and 3 jeans! Thankfully after 3 days the weather settled don and on came the 25 degree heat! Perfect!!
The hotel we stayed in was the Andromeada Hotel in the area Imerovigli. The hotel was perfect!
In the best location in Santorini I think personally, this hotel was an amazing choice with stunning decor and a pool that didn’t have tourists peeping in while you sunbathe! You’d be surprised how many little pathways are overlooking the hotel pools. No thank you!!
Imerovigli is SO BEAUTIFUL and next to the AMAZING Firostefani and a 25 minute walk into the more lively but not so pretty town of Fira. To see the famous sunsets of Oia is only a 15 min bus journey away or you can do a 2 hour hike. DO NOT do this in flip flops, I speak from experience and several blister plasters later!!
We spent our days getting lost in the little cobblestone streets, with the gorgeous white washed buildings with little blue doors and window boxes. With white backdrops at every angle It’s an Instagrammers paradise!!
And their steps, don’t even get me started on their steps. Like seriously, how can steps be so perfect?!!
Our nights were spent finding somewhere decent for dinner with the best views of the sunset (this comes at a price!!) .
We ate in some of the most amazing restaurants and ate some of the best meals I’ve ever tasted but by god did we pay for it!
This isn’t your budget destination, so if you’re thinking of heading any time soon START SAVING!!!
We ate in the Imerovigli/Firastefani area where. the walks every night to and from dinner were the highlight of the holiday. So pretty!
My favourite meal by far was in a place called La Maison. It was insanely good! On the subject of insanity we also spent €65 on 1 piece of fish between two of us in a restaurant down 200 steps from Oia in Amoudi bay, famously known for it’s fresh fish. €65??
I nearly had a stroke, we wondered why everyone were just eating desserts!! Lively night life isn’t something you will come across too easy here so if it’s partying all night you are hoping for you’ll be doing it alone my friend!!
A must do while in Santorini is the sunset cruise. There are so many different tour operators running these trips but after a bit of research online we chose the “Santorini Sailings” after seeing their incredible ratings.
Our trip lasted around 5 hours, which were spent with a group of 12 amazing people and crew. Unlimited booze all day and an insane feast was served up by the gorgeous Maria. From the second you get on the boat the crew make you feel like friends. This trip is worth every penny and is something I will remember forever!!
I could literally write all day about this place. It’s just simply Heaven.
If you want a place that has beauty around every corner, the best views, sunsets and meals in the world! ( I didn’t even get on to talk about their cocktails ) or you want a place of peace and tranquillity then this place is for you.
I spent double than what I had expected to do but is was worth every last penny ??
In the wise words of Mr.Big “Absofuckinlutely”!! Now get booking ( and saving )!!
Love Ellen x