Travel Diary: Stunning Santorini, Greece, in 3 Days

Sep 8, 2017

Santorini in Greece is immediately recognisable for it’s picture-perfect white and blue coloured cliffs and stunning sunsets — it’s no wonder it is one of the most popular islands in the world. Santorini is actually a group of islands which are essentially what remains after a series of extensive volcanic eruptions from the still active volcano. The main island of Thira is the crescent-shaped island where you will find the famous village of Oia where all the tourists flock.

This travel diary is a bit unlike all our others, considering we did not leave this particular destination with any foot injuries from walking so much! We were staying with friends and decided to really enjoy relaxing at our villa as much as possible. I think we did it the right way though. A relaxing holiday was much needed and the views kept us preoccupied for hours.

Santorini is that kind of destination. Come ready to relax and gawk at the views — they are unlike anything in this world!

Day One: Arriving in Santorini

Our Villa:

We stayed in Imerovigli, the highest point of the caldera edge, about a half-hour walk from Fira. We booked Villa Estelle on Airbnb but they also have their own website. It was half the price of a hotel, and had brilliant views minus all the crowds. I would highly recommend booking accommodation in Imerovigil as opposed to Oia and if there are more than 4 of you, consider a villa. We were not disappointed. Evident by the fact that we barely left the villa for the first two days! Check out our views!

Travel Diary Santorini

Lunch at the Grace Hotel:

We headed down to the path along the caldera and within 5 minutes found the luxurious Grace Hotel where we decided to stop for a late lunch. Besides the stunning view, the food and cocktails are amazing. I love sneaking into a 5 star luxury hotel for a meal when we can’t stay at one on our trip. It adds moments of luxury without all the dollar signs!

Travel Diary Santorini
Travel Diary Santorini

Sunsets (Everyday):

Santorini’s sunsets are iconic — listed as a “must do” on almost every travel guide. And I would have to agree — they are indeed as magical as they say. As I’m absolutely sky-obsessed, I was out there every night snapping away to catch every glimmer of the last moments of sunshine across the caldera. While most flock to Oia for the so-called ‘best sunset view’, I reckon we had the best seats in the house. Our villa was located on the highest point of the island with views of the sunrise and sunset — with no crowds!

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Travel Diary Santorini
Travel Diary Santorini

Day Two:

We May or May Not Have Tanned All Day:

We’re not about to vacation in the Greek Isles and come back whiter than when we left. We put in some serious tanning time on our roof-deck with a view along the caldera! And that suited us just fine for a relaxing Greek getaway. But if you’re not about that tan life there are other things to do! Here’s a list of 10 unique things to do on the island!

Fira for Dinner:

The walk from Imerovigil to Fira was full of perfect photo-ops which left me lagging behind the rest of the group rushing to dinner. So bear with me, I have waaaaay too many Santorini photos to fill up all my feeds on. Did you see all the photos on our Instagram?

I would highly recommend our dinner spot, Koukoumavlos, for fine dining. The menu was creative and unique! We loved it and would definitely go back BUT bear in mind, it is pricey.

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Oia for the Day:

Oia (pronounced ‘eee-a’) is definitely the most photogenic village of them all, perched on the northern tip of the island, it is packed full of tourists shops. Oia is where all the tourists flock for sunset photos but it usually overcrowded all day. Hit the little village in the morning if you want to avoid most of the travellers. We arrived midday on a very hot day.

By the way, I got rather camera-happy and took way too many photos to spam this post with. So if you’re interested in gawking at even more stunning photos, check out the Photo Diary Post of Oia here. This place was just too pretty not to capture every corner! 

Travel Diary Santorini

A Stroll Down To Amoudi Bay for Lunch:

By a stroll, I mean quite an intensive walk down over 300 stairs dodging some Donkey droppings. But if you’d rather get a taxi, you can! We did that instead of walk all the way to the top. I’d highly discourage taking the donkey rides — it is so hot, and it is a long long walk up and down. Taxi’s are completely reasonable and the restaurants on the Bay are happy to call one and organise a lift back to your hotel. We ate at the Amoudi Fish Tavern and, so far, it was my favourite authentic fresh Greek Food meal we’ve had!

Santorini
Travel Diary Santorini
Travel Diary Santorini

Highlights?

If you saw my bucket-list post on Santorini, you might have realised how ambitious it was for a 3 day visit, especially considering we spent a good two days tanning. BUT, my highlights from what we did manage to do was definitely the seafood lunch at Amoudi Bay PLUS the sunsets every night.

Lowlights?

Well, it depends on your vibe. I asked the group for feedback and these were the major complaints: You might not enjoy the lack of an actual beach (on the caldera side at least) and the rip-off prices. Santorini is by no means cheap. For me, I have no complaints. Just a need to see those sunsets again!

Would We Go Back?

Probably. If we could snag a really cheap flight, go as a couple and combine it with more of Greece: Mykonos and Crete are at the top of my list! But we would, of course, be experiencing the holiday completely differently and then it makes sense to go again.

Hope you enjoyed this post! I will hopefully have the Lefkada one up in the next day or two. Sadly, we only have two days left in the Greek Isles.

Read: Our Blog post on our days Lazing in Lefkada here.

Working on my tan, 

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  1. Karla Cruzado | The Wise Lark

    September 8th, 2017 at 6:42 AM

    wow you have wonderful photos! I’m definitely pinning this for future reference 🙂 Would love to visit Santorino someday!

  2. Anisa

    September 8th, 2017 at 7:59 AM

    Beautiful photos !! Each post I see of santorini or Mykonos makes me want to go !

  3. Abby

    September 8th, 2017 at 2:06 PM

    Can’t wait for the day I see this beautiful country myself. For now, I’ll just live vicariously through your photos.

  4. Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine

    September 8th, 2017 at 2:12 PM

    Greece is just so stunning!!

  5. Christina

    September 9th, 2017 at 4:20 PM

    This post is going to help with my honeymoon clients so much! I really appreciate you mentioning where you ate and love that it was all fine dining with amazing views. That is right up my alley 🙂 I had no idea about your mom, I hope she is doing better and you have a safe flight to South Africa. My thought are with your family.

  6. lcdorkin

    September 9th, 2017 at 10:23 PM

    Thanks so much love! I so appreciate it!

  7. Yana

    September 10th, 2017 at 3:42 AM

    Wow looks so beautiful. I love how everything is white. Definitely need to go there! Thanks for sharing

  8. Cherene Saradar

    September 10th, 2017 at 3:28 PM

    I was just there and yes, gotta see Oia in the am or else, way too crowded! The food looks amazing!

  9. Amelie

    September 12th, 2017 at 8:04 AM

    I see posts about Santorini all over the internet lately and I really want to visit this beautiful island. Your pictures make me even more in love, they are really lovely and the ones of the food made me so hungry right now

  10. lcdorkin

    September 13th, 2017 at 4:08 AM

    I think there were a few bloggers in Santorini at the same time as me!! Haha. Its beautiful. Hard not to take some stunning photos!

  11. Victoria

    September 12th, 2017 at 3:59 PM

    I will definitely think about booking an AirBnb here! Great tip!

  12. Sapphire Kharyzma

    September 12th, 2017 at 8:17 PM

    Greece is definitely on my bucket list! The atmosphere, the food, the people – all sounds so alluring! It’s a must for me when I visit Europe!

  13. Tracey Reynolds

    September 14th, 2017 at 12:18 PM

    I love your photos – I have had Greece on the bucket list for a while – but after seeing your photos – it’s moved up the list for sure.

  14. Lisa Fear

    September 16th, 2017 at 8:26 AM

    Beautiful pictures! It makes me want to go there all the more!

  15. Viv

    September 16th, 2017 at 8:50 AM

    You’ve made my wanderlust even stronger now … hope to make it here one summer ????. Snaps you’ve put here are AMAZING

  16. lcdorkin

    September 16th, 2017 at 8:54 AM

    Thank you SO much Viv! I hope you get to visit soon!! It’s os beautiful. Even more than the pictures, if thats possible!

  17. silvia

    September 16th, 2017 at 9:58 AM

    Beautiful pics, I love how they have a sort of vintage-y vibe. I’ve heard great things about Santorini, and your article just makes me want to visit it more!

  18. The Girl

    September 16th, 2017 at 10:08 AM

    Wow, this looks totally stunning. I think that this needs to be added to my travel list.

    Beautiful photos!

    http://www.girlbehindthelook.com/blog/

  19. Tracy

    September 22nd, 2017 at 8:32 AM

    Lovely descriptions. Santorini is on the short list!

  20. Alexander

    September 22nd, 2017 at 6:01 PM

    A lovely place, white sunny paradise. And food is great.
    I also love your pictures a lot. Where is those shot with?

  21. Nadalie Bardowell

    February 22nd, 2018 at 6:41 PM

    Wow, your pictures are incredible. The views, food, and sunsets make me want to just book a flight there now. I would love to take a vacation and travel to Greece, I see and hear nothing but great things.

  22. Stephanie

    February 22nd, 2018 at 9:09 PM

    Your photos are absolutely stunning! Santorini is on my list for when I go back to Europe, hopefully next year !

  23. lcdorkin

    February 23rd, 2018 at 6:41 AM

    It is just so hard to take a bad photo of Santorini, so I cannot take any of the credit! 😉 Cant wait for you to visit soon!

  24. Ken

    February 23rd, 2018 at 6:02 AM

    Awesome pics you posted. I will definitely have to add this to my bucket list thanks for sharing.

  25. lcdorkin

    February 23rd, 2018 at 6:40 AM

    So glad you enjoyed the pics Ken!! Can’t wait for you to see it all in person! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  26. Evelyn, Path of Presence

    February 23rd, 2018 at 6:58 AM

    This is breathtaking!! I can already feel the ocean breeze as I dine on fish and drinks. The photos you took look surreal – like a dream. Will put this on my bucket list for sure! xo Evelyn, Path of Presence

  27. Michelle - Hold the Moo

    March 4th, 2018 at 3:33 AM

    What a gorgeous account of your trip! Thanks for the tips as well 🙂

  28. Stacy Karyn

    March 4th, 2018 at 4:21 AM

    Wow, this looks like a dream! Especially the food! Santorini is so high on my bucket list, thanks for sharing. <3

  29. ilda

    March 4th, 2018 at 7:32 AM

    Great pictures! I love Santorini

  30. Ash

    March 4th, 2018 at 6:26 PM

    it’s my dream to go to greece someday. it seems like you had a lot of fun and the photos are beautiful!

  31. lcdorkin

    March 5th, 2018 at 11:15 AM

    Ah, I hope you get to visit soon Ash! Thanks for checking out our blog post! x

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