Breaking rules and making memories on the island of Santorini!
Let’s see what ‘the Island’ has to offer.
I arrived by ferry, a quick two-hour journey from Crete, and was instantly captivated by the stunning view of the island. With no plans, I hopped on a bus to dive into the adventure headfirst. I managed to find a simple room for my two nights through booking in the capital of the Island Fira, and then set off to explore the city.
My wanderings led me to the V Lounge Cafe & Cocktail Bar. The owner who also owned the hotel below this lounge(Panaroma suites), a UK native with a deep connection to Greece, was incredibly welcoming (Greek dad, UK mother). Over a few beers, we chatted about life, the island, and my travels. Despite my tight budget, he kindly offered me a deal to stay in the master suite for one night – a birthday treat on the 25 of October. I couldn’t refuse! It was a room with a view that was out of this world, it had a Jacuzzi overlooking the Caldera and normally you see this only on Instagram pages, now I am experiencing it and I like it;). I will come back in 2 to use to amazing offer.
In Oia drones are not allowed.
Exploring the Other Side of Santorini: Kamari, Perissa, and the Majestic Red Beach
I had already spent two amazing days walking around Oia and Fira. Now, it was time to see what else Santorini had to offer. I decided to go to Kamari, Perissa, and the famous Red Beach.
Kamari – A Big Climb
In Kamari, I wanted to see the city from high up, so I went on a hike. The path was steep and a bit hard. I’m not great with heights and had to count till 10 a few times. But when I got to the top, wow! The view was worth it. I could see the whole city and the sea. It was so beautiful and made me feel really happy.
The Red Beach – So Different
Next, I went to the Red Beach. The way to get there was a bit rocky, but when I saw the beach, I was amazed. The red rocks and the blue sea looked so strange and wonderful, like a picture from a storybook. It was a really special place, different from any beach I’d seen before.
Perissa – A Beach with Lots of Bars
Then I went to Perissa. This place is famous for its beach bars. There are about 40 of them, one after the other. I was there when the holiday season was over, so it was quiet. But I could imagine that in the summer, it’s full of people having fun, dancing, and enjoying the sun. It must be like a big beach party!
This part of my trip showed me that Santorini has so many different things to see and do. It’s not just the famous spots like Oia and Fira. Whether you like quiet nature walks, cool beaches, or fun parties, there’s something for everyone.
Party for my 30th birthday.
Back to my amazing offer a got from the owner of Panaroma suites. Two nights in a cozy double room and one night in a fantastic master villa, all thanks to my new friend, the bar/hotel owner. It was such a generous gesture.
On the 25th of October, I decided to throw a small party in the villa’s jacuzzi with some of the friends I had made on the island. We were having a great time, and our laughter and excitement got a little too loud. Eventually, a hotel staff member had to come and ask us to quiet down.
Looking back, I wish I had been more considerate, especially after the kindness I had received. It wasn’t my last night on the island, but it was a lesson in appreciating the generosity of others and being mindful of the peace and quiet of the surroundings.
In memomarium: The summer of 2020.
Despite the challenges of the summer of 2020 due to COVID-19, I had a chance to visit Greece. And what made it even more special was reuniting with my love, Sarah, on the lovely island of Crete. It truly became the most amazing summer for me, filled with love, adventure, and unforgettable moments.