Santorini is 1 of the 227 (out of 6,000 total) Greek islands that are inhabited. It’s home of one of the most picturesque cities in the world- Oia (pronounced ee-yuh)- so you can image how tourist-packed it can be. We visited the island for a few days in July after visiting Athens and a flight from Athens to Santorini is only a 35ish minute flight and was a little over $150 for a round trip ticket during high season.
Couchsurfing barely exists on this island but Airbnb can be a life saver when you’re having trouble finding vacancy in resorts or hotels. Just like I talked about in my Athens post, Greece is super hot at this time of year and even though you’re on a little island and you’d think it’d be cooler because of the ocean, that happens to be untrue so still be prepared for the heat! Those are the only logistics I’m going to get into with this post so onto the good stuff…
… and there you have it. Oia, Santorini. Such a stunner from every angle that it seems impossible to get a bad photo here!
But even better than strolling the streets of Oia, was the day cruise we took around the island with Santorini Yachting Club. This was definitely one of my favorite parts of our entire trip and we didn’t even have to go broke to do it! We started at the bottom of the island where we visited the white beach and the red rock beach, where we got to hop off the boat and do some light snorkeling down below to join all the colorful school fish and enjoy the turquoise waters.
Wine and beer were available on board and they cooked us a delicious barbecue lunch. The staff was so incredibly friendly and fun to be around and everyone we met on board was such a peach!
We ended the cruise at the top of the island back in Oia, but more specifically at Amoudi Bay which you see below. We ended in this specific place because the sunset here is legendary. People from all 4 corners of the Earth travel far and wide to witness the Sun disappearing into the ocean, taking all the oranges and pinks along with it right here in Amoudi Bay of Oia.
We came back to Amoudi Bay on our own another day because we wanted more daylight time here AND more because (take note of the panorama below) if you follow the sidewalk which turns into a sort of sketchy trail towards the right side of the island if you’re looking at this photo, it curves around to an amazing turquoise oasis where you can cliff dive and swim as you please. The water is incredible and worth enjoying for a couple hours at least!
Shown here is the famous Oia sunset from our boat. What a beaut, am I right?