To me Santorini was like a dream…
Traveling is by far my favorite past time and traveling to Santorini is beyond compare! Not only do I love spending time with my family but I really love spending time with them when there are no other distractions. Seeing exotic locations and learning about new cultures is an added bonus.
Considering a European vacation? I highly recommend Greece. We went in July and the weather could not have been more perfect. We flew direct from NY’s JFK Airport to Athens International Airport. From there we took another short flight to Santorini. I always try to get the worst part of the travel out of the way at the very beginning so we can look forward to pure enjoyment while we are vacationing. When we arrived in Santorini, it was very easy to get a taxi to our hotel – Villia Katikies.
The hotel was beautiful. Imagine the most beautiful image of Greece you have ever seen and then multiply it by 100. The hotel is small but on the side of a cliff so getting from top to bottom is a bit of a hike (there is a small elevator available). The location is great. Each morning we would jog through the beautiful town and admire the view.
This was the view from our room (and if you can believe it the sunset was even more breathtaking in person).
The infinity pool at the hotel was beautiful and refreshing.
This is the village that was located directly above our hotel in Santorini. The shopping and restaurants were worth visiting.
While in Santorini be sure to enjoy the food. Santorini is known to be a culinary paradise. Make sure to try the cherry tomatoes, white egg plants, fava, caper and “hloró tyrí”, a special kind of fresh goat cheese found on the island, as well as the exceptional wines produced from grapes grown in the volcanic soil of the island!
Assyrtiko, Athyri, Aidani, Mantilaria and Mavrotragano are just some of the distinctive varieties that you can taste at the island’s famous wineries (some of them operate as a museum as well) or at restaurants. We ate dinner in the village at a very nice restaurant called Ambrosia (reservations were required). The food, service and wines were excellent.
I recommend you visit Ambrosia Restaurant in Oia Santorini during the sunset. This tranquil and dreamlike restaurant sits on a terrace with views of the Santorini volcanic sea caldera. The fine Mediterranean and Modern Greek Cuisine includes seafood, Mediterranean meat dishes, traditional vegetarian specialties, pastas and salads – plus amazing desserts. The wine list contains the famous Santorini wines and noted wines of Greece. The intimate setting on their two small terraces or in the traditional, vaulted ceiling rooms filled with art and antiques is a truly special Santorini experience. Candlelight at your table and only the stars over your head – as you watch a sail boat slowly cross the sea below you.
After dinner, we strolled through the town and I was brave enough to put my feet into this”fish bath” of water…
I was told that the fish would eat off the dead skin cells and leave my feet feeling fresh and clean. The water was cold and the fish tickled my feet. It was an interesting experience but I cannot say my feet felt any different when they came out of the water.
This was the view from our room:
Leaving Santorini was one of the hardest “good-bye’s” I’ve experienced in a while. I cannot say one bad thing about this breathtaking town. I loved that part of Santorini was cosmopolitan while other parts were purely peaceful and serene; it’s surrounded by vineyards, whitewashed cliff-top towns with castles and the most beautiful views out over the Aegean. Make sure to soak up the villages’ distinctive traditional atmosphere. This is a town I’m sure to revisit. One more fun fact- this was the first time that I was able to use my greek alphabet knowledge (from my sorority pledging days). Who would believe I’d still remember the characters and sounds?!
From Santorini we took a large ferry to Mykanos.
Sincerely , Lisa
με εκτιμιση, Lisa
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