Santorini was an absolute dream and I’m so excited to share my Santorini travel guide with y’all! This was hands down my favorite part of our trip to Greece for our honeymoon. Not only was our hotel amazing, but the food and the people were all so great! Not to mention those stunning Santorini views of the sunset. I’m already trying to talk Taylor into going back there for our 10 year anniversary 😉
We stayed a total of 3 nights and four days in Santorini and it felt way too short so I recommend staying longer – especially if you want some down time to relax by the pool.
I broke this post up into 4 parts: where we stayed, how we got around, what we did and where we ate. I hope this post helps and inspires you to plan your trip to Santorini!
Where We Stayed
The highlight of this whole Santorini travel guide is hands down the boutique hotel we stayed at – Anastasis Apartments. It is THE BEST place I’ve ever stayed at in my whole life. Not only is the hotel modern and still has that Greek feel to it, the customer service was spectacular! The staff really took the time to talk to everyone and get to know everyone that stayed there. They were so personable!
Taylor’s birthday fell on the Santorini portion of our honeymoon and that night when we got back from an excursion, they brought Taylor and I up to a private room where the staff surprised us with a homemade cake, card signed by the staff, a bottle of champagne, and a few hours in the private hot tub. They didn’t have to do that at all, but they went above and beyond to make us feel special all the time. The staff is truly one of a kind and they make you feel like part of the family!
The hotel is located in Imerovigli which is in between Oia (the main city of Santorini) and Fira. I actually liked that it wasn’t near all the hustle and bustle of Oia and it felt more private. Not to mention that you still have stunning sunsets and views from every room at the hotel and the pool. The hotel provided shuttle service to and from the airport and to Fira.
The food and drinks at the hotel were some of the best we had on our trip! They have a local chef come in everyday to prepare the meals and they are delicious! The breakfast is so beautiful and delicious and they can bring it up to your room and set it up on your balcony. Their rotating cocktails and desserts are also heavenly. In the evening they even set up tables around the infinity pool with candles if you choose to stay at the the hotel to watch the sunset. We did this one night and they offered us an appetizer with cocktails while we watched the sunset.
One of my favorite things is that they left us a special treat in our room every night and it was always something different – sweets, ouzo (Greek liquor). All of the little things they did really add up and just made me fall in love with the hotel. We already want to go back and stay here again…maybe for a future anniversary? 🙂 I HIGHLY HIGHLY HIGHLY recommend staying here! I guarantee you will love it!
How We Got Around
Anastasis Apartments provided a shuttle service to and from the airport and into Fira. Unfortunately they aren’t allowed to take guests into Oia, but the hotel can call a taxi for you or you can take the local bus into town (5 min drive and cheaper). You can also hike to Oia and the hotel provides you with walking directions. This probably takes people on average 1.5 – 2 hrs to get into town from the hotel. I would definitely take the bus again, but fair warning the bus drivers can drive a little crazy! They go so fast around the turns where there’s a steep drop off – but they know the roads like the back of their hands I’m sure.
What We Did
- Couples Massage at our Hotel
I feel like this is a must on your honeymoon or anytime you’re on a romantic getaway in Greece 😉
- Watch the Sunset
This is the number one thing to do in Santorini. Santorini is famous for it’s sunsets. Most people go to Oia (which does have amazing views) but we could watch the sunset perfectly from our hotel.
- Explore Fira
This is the second biggest city in Santorini. It has tons of shops, restaurants and clubs. We didn’t get to spend too much time here since we only came here for dinner one night. But I recommend spending an evening here.
- Hike from Fira to Oia
We pretty much did this whole hike, but we started from our hotel rather than in Fira. It’s more like a walking trail along the cliffside/coast with some inclines. It wasn’t a hard walk at all but it did take us about 2 hours to get to Oia because we stopped to take pictures a lot 😉 The scenery is beautiful every step of the trail.
- Explore Oia
This is the city you’re probably picturing when you think of Santorini. This is where all the famous white buildings with blue domes are. There are tons of restaurants, hotels and shops here. It is very crowded and touristy but it’s still so beautiful.
- Visit Amoudi Bay
You can also take the long trek down to Amoudi Bay on the end of the island. This is where you see most people riding the donkeys up the stairs because the bay is a lot farther down than where the main part of the city is. And if you’re a fan of the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants movie, this is where Kostas worked.
If you walk past the restaurants and shops and around the corner of the cliffside there’s a spot where people go swimming in the sea and jump off the big rock.
- Sunset Cruise
Our hotel helped us reserve a sunset cruise through Caldera Yachting. It was about a 5 hour cruise with a few different stops in the Caldera where you could swim. We probably had about 16 people on our cruise and it was perfect. You get unlimited soda, water, white wine and light beer. The staff also grills and cooks a homemade meal that’s served family style. The staff/hosts were amazing and they prepared an excellent meal. I highly recommend adding this to your list of things to do while visiting Santorini.
Where We Ate
This was a small traditional tavern that was about a 5 minute walk away from our hotel in Imerovigli. We ate here for lunch after we checked in and it was a family run restaurant with the cutest old man running it. We had the chicken souvlaki (marinated chicken kabobs) and they were delicious. They had great tasting local dishes at very reasonable prices.
Whatever you do, you must get the Shrimp Saganaki when you’re here. Wether it’s the appetizer or the main dish – it’s the restaurant’s special dish and it was delicious! For our appetizer we ordered the White Eggplant Rolls and I had the Shrimp Saganaki as my main dish and Taylor had the lamb shank. The Shrimp Saganaki was the winner here!
This place was located right along the water. We actually had a two person table right on the edge and the water was crystal clear. This is definitely a seafood restaurant and all dishes are fresh and usually caught earlier that day. We ordered the calamari and the grouper. Both were excellent and so fresh!
This restaurant is very nice and romantic and it’s the perfect spot to watch the sunset! And they also have amazing food! For appetizers we ordered the Traditional Tomato Balls (definitely order this – probably my favorite thing I ate here) and the Kagianas (skip this) which was melted feta cheese served with prosciutto sticks. For our main dishes we ordered the Chicken Souvlaki and the Grouper and both were really good.
The BEST gyros we had on our whole trip in Greece! Read the TripAdvisor reviews if you don’t believe me! I had the pork pita wrap and Taylor had the chicken pita wrap. Both were AMAZING but I think the pork was better. The pita wraps were very reasonably priced at 4 euro – which is a steal in Oia since it’s so touristy.
This was a home-cooked greek meal shared with everyone on the sunset cruise. It was sooo delicious I don’t think there was any food left!
I hope my Santorini travel guide has answered all of your questions and has you wanting to book your plane ticket asap! Santorini has been one of my favorite places I’ve ever visited so far. It’s the perfect combination of adventure and relaxation. And I still day dream about the fresh food to this day!!