Santorini and its ups and downs (literally)

Amazing view in Fira, Santorini

Amazing view in Fira, Santorini

The first time I visited Santorini was on a family trip and I was about 12 years old. What really stuck with me over the years, were the wonderful cities of Fira and Oia and the fact that it ´s where I learned how to swim. I can´t say I remembered the food. I had no sense of the people. And I had 0 images of the historic parts of the island. In my mind, the beautiful white “cliff-cities” and learning a skill that might save my life one day, were already occupying all the memory my mind had allocated for that trip.

Santorini today

About a thousand years later (18 in adolescent and young adult years), I decided to help my husband

Hiking between Fira and Oia (3h walk)

Hiking between Fira and Oia (3h walk)

find me a “happy 30th” gift and I organized another trip to Santorini. People say it´s so romantic you might go 2 and come back 3… THAT´s how romantic it is. It gets your baby-making groove on. And in all honesty, it really is a magical place. It´s not advertised by all the traveling ladies for nothing, it really has breathtaking views. I was one of the people taking a million pictures. I won´t deny that but it´s so beautiful, you just want to immortalize every inch of it.  

It has its literal ups and downs though, you are constantly going up some tight stairs behind a queue of tourists but the narrow streets is part of the charm. Another “downer” was that there are no literal sandy beaches, it´s all small pebbles both inside and outside the water. That was a bit of a downfall but more for my husband who was very excited to sit in the sun on what he thought were golden sandy beaches like in Costa Brava.

My recommendations

Also, I wouldn´t recommend going necessarily to Oia for the famous sunset, it´s so crowded you won´t enjoy it. I would definitely rather make a reservation at PK Cocktail Bar in Fira, for a front row table and enjoy the sunset from there instead of on your feet between hundreds of people.

Cocktails and sunsets in Santorini

Cocktails and sunsets in PK

Something we loved doing was the catamaran trip where you get a chance to visit the warm baths, small beaches plus just sail the day away. As for dinner, our favorite was Restaurant Argo, also in Fira which has amazing food plus a lovely view of the caldera where you can also enjoy a perfect sunset. And the staff everywhere is just lovely.  

Santorini Cruise

If you like hiking, I strongly recommend the hike between Fira and Oia. It lasts 3h but offers the best views of the island. Wake up early for it, if you´re walking in the hot sun, it´s not as fun. So in the end, the best things about Santorini aren´t the beaches and in all fairness, you don´t actually go there for that. You go for the amazing views, the sunsets and also to discover this beautiful island. Don´t forget the amazing food and the lovely Greeks. 

All in all, the best 30th birthday celebration I could wish for. 



  1. Florin
    June 5, 2018 / 4:08 PM

    Beautiful article, beautiful pictures, more than beautiful characters (I should have said inlove characters), all these make a very good impression, to start with. They make you also curious about the feelings, thoughts, memories of the people involved.
    You seem an interesting person to talk to. So, till our new encounter (let’s make it more cosmical!), I wish you a warm welcome, Ema!

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