4 | SANTORINI & CreteMention traveling to Santorini to anyone and you’ll quickly find them green with envy. Rightfully so! This famed Greek island is a stunner with the jaw-dropping caldera, seaside cliffs formed by a volcano, white villages and bright blue med. It’s a photographer’s dream come true (speaking from personal experience here!). Be sure to visit Oia at sunset to get the max wow-factor. Afterwards take the 1.5 hour high speed ferry to nearby Crete for a taste of road-less-traveled island culture in the beautiful seaside towns of Chania and Rethimno.
Part of the Cyclades group of the Greek islands, Santorini is famous for its dramatic views, stunning sunsets, the white-washed houses, and its very own active volcano. If you are looking for a combination of beautiful beaches, history, and a truly one-of-a-kind overall urban ambiance. Santorini is one of the best matches in Europe.
As soon as someone hears the name of Santorini, what flashes in front of the eyes are the monochrome picture of this beach town bathed in white and blue. Only here santorini is mentioned because of its historical significance and the Akrotiri Excavations it boasts of. The excavations at Akrotiri have uncovered one of the most important prehistoric settlements of the Aegean. The volcanic materials had enveloped the entire island and the town itself when it erupted long ago. These materials, however, have been protected up to date the buildings and their contents, similar to Pompeii and attracts throngs of avid historians.
Red Beach - The cliffs around this beach are red and the beach sand is also red. The blue sea, the red rocks and the scenery make this place worth the trip! There are very few snacks options here. I would recommend you bring your own food if you are planning to stay here for long.
In order to catch the best view of the sunset, you need to go early to camp there because it will be so crowded! The architecture is amazing and is highlighted by the stark white of the buildings and the contrasting colorful doors and window shutters. The characteristic classic view of the village of Oia is the bright white and blue of the church contrasting with the deep blue of the Aegean Sea in the background.
Atlantis Books E.E.
Another pastime could be browsing through the bookshelf of Atlantis Books in Oia. It was opened by two friends who were on holiday in Santorini a few years ago and ran out of books to read. Upon finding out that Santorini had no bookshop, they decided to open one. It's an inspiring place, where books are cherished, recommended, and always treated with love. Check out the name of that box of used books: pre-loved books, isn't it lovely? Inside it's cosy, with literally pyramids and piles of books, quotations from famous writers, Greek classics and a lovely but uncomfortable staircase that you have to climb to reach the terrace.
Voula's Little Venice
It’s really called Little Venice! Little Venice is one of the most romantic places in the whole of Mykonos. This neighborhood is replete with elegant and gorgeous old houses that are situated precariously on the edge of the sea. Quite amazing are the sunset views from Little Venice. Its whitewashed edifices against the backdrop of the azure blue Aegean Sea is simply marvelous. The air of nonchalance that prevails in Little Venice disarms the most discerning of travelers.
This spot is so very, authentically Greek -- in the best way. It's super social and full of locals and visitors alike, all to the soundtrack of terrific Greek music. They've got great traditional meze dishes and a great offering of vegetarian options, too (skip the sub par pizza, which I didn't even try, despite the fact that they call it "the best in the world"). You can't beat its seaside location and it's long list of Greek wines.
Why not try a night diving in Mykonos and experience a different kind of nightlife.During a night dive you can discover a different side of this world and you can experience it from a completely different view.It is an unbelievable feeling to discover the mysteries held underwater when the sun goes down.The diver can experience a different underwater environment at night diving, because many marine animals are nocturnal.You’ll find that there’s nothing to worry about and that night diving is usually much more relaxing than diving during the day.
Ancient Thira - Ancient Thira is an antique city on Messavouno Mountain. It is close to Kamari beach. Even if you are not interested in the Archaeological remains at Ancient Thira, you must visit this place for the panoramic view and the long drive to the top of the mountain.
Museum of Prehistoric Thira
One thing that I want to recommend is to visit the Museum of Prehistoric Thira in the main town of the island. Here you can find the frescoes found in Akrotiri. There are two museums almost one in front of the other: the other is the Archeological Musuem, which is rather small and somehow unimpressive. The frescoes on display in the Museum of Prehistoric Thira are truly astonishing, and they give an idea of the sophistication of the civilization. Historians and archaeologist are not yet sure if Akrotiri was an independent settlement with contacts with the Minoans or if it was an entirely Minoan colony.