Santorini is one of the most beautiful islands belonging to the Cyclades of Greece in the Aegean Sea. It is famous for its prolific sunsets and gorgeous whitewashed houses which cling to the cliffs above the caldera. It is a crescent shaped island owing its shape to a devastating volcanic eruption in the 16th century. It has three main towns: Oia, Fira and Imerovigli.
Santorini was one of my dream destinations and a highly anticipated location during my Greece trip. I was very excited and had been looking forward to this for a very long time which was finally happening. The feeling was quite overwhelming and I went there expecting to be mind blown by its alluring beauty and magnificent views. I went there during the month of September when the crowds usually retreat giving me ample amount of room to enjoy the Island at my own pace.
You can either fly to Santorini from Athens or choose to take a Ferry from the Athens port to Thira (Santorini port) which takes about 4-7 hours. I decided to take a Ferry (Bluestar) from Athens at 8am and reached Thira by 2pm.
Santorini is famous for its alluring whitewashed houses. In most Cycladic islands the houses were painted white to reflect the harsh summer sun and this gives a unique and wonderful appearance to the entire island and its towns.
The town is quite small, however it will take a while for anyone to explore the quintessential alleys and walk along the caldera enjoying the picturesque views which is every photographer's delight.
When the sun is about to set the entire island comes to a standstill to watch the breathtaking spectacle which is deemed to be one of the most prolific sunsets in the world and the pictures do no justice to what I witnessed at that moment as the sun set beyond the volcano.
Santorini has several beaches ,however it is not known for its beaches. Most of Santorini beaches are composed of dark volcanic sand which get really hot during mid-day sun and it quite unpleasant to walk on barefoot.
There are two famous beaches namely the Perissa beach which is the black sand beach and the Red beach which is composed of red sand and a magnificent backdrop.
I carried on with my Greece trip by boarding a ferry from Santorini to the island of Mykonos.
Santorini far exceeded my expectations and left me awestruck. I enjoyed every moment of my wonderful time spent on this gem of an an island. It is truly idyllic, alluring, beautiful, and a place one should visit at least once in his/her lifetime.
(All photos were taken by me)