When persons ask me to describe my honeymoon in Santorini I usually describe it as ‘dreamy’. The seven days that Dwayne and I spent in Santorini was like living in a dream. It was so surreal for me to know that the place that I was looking at, dreaming about, stalking on Instagram and youtube for months…I am actually there, with my husband, having the most amazing experience. Yes, they don’t call me manifestation queen for nothing.
We had two options of getting to Santorini from Athen. We were either going to take a 5 hrs ferry ride, or a 35 mins flight. Of course I chose to fly, I would have been miserable sitting on that ferry for 5 hours. I just wanted to get there already!
When we arrived in Santorini our hotel’s driver was outside the airport waiting on us with a “Welcome Shannon & Dwayne” sign you generally see on TV…yep, thats a first for us. We stayed at a cute boutique hotel in Fira, which is the central town in Santorini. When selecting the hotel I knew I wanted to stay at a hotel that has the typical white cave Santorini aesthetic. I also knew I wanted a hotel with a pool. Of course, I wanted to stay at one of those cliff side hotel with the infinity pool hanging over the ocean – but yea, we were not prepared to spend that amount of money on one of those rooms – even in the low season. So I had to find a nice hotel in my price range that offered all that I was looking for. I am so happy I found it all at Evgenia here. Our room was nicely decorated, large, and we had a huge balcony with a nice view. To top is off, the staff at the hotel was also super nice.
Honestly, Santorini is not a place that I would recommend for a ‘girls trip’. Its too freaking romantic, it will leaving you wishing you had a lover or leave you missing your lover. Strolling the streets of Santorini you will easily see a few couple walking hand in hand, looking at each other with dreamy eyes. It’s definitely an ideal location for couples and makes it the perfect place for a romantic honeymoon.
We spent our time in Santorini exploring the various towns, having romantic dinners while we watched the sunset, going on a boat cruise and swimming at the different beaches. It was absolutely exactly what I envisioned my honeymoon being.
ROMANTIC SUNSET DINNERS
The best part of our honeymoon for me was definitely the romantic sunset dinners. We had most of our dinners in the town of Firostefani where there is a long stretch of restaurants on the cliff that provides the perfect look out point for sunsets. We would sit at the restaurants after our meal and sip on house wine while watching the sunset. And the food! Oh my oh my, I still dream of how amazing the food was. How is it possible that EVERY meal was fantastic? From the street gyros, the desserts and the four course meals at lovely cliff side restaurants was all so delicious.
During the day we ventured out and explored Santorini. For the first few days we rented a car and drove around the island. We then traded in the car and rented an ATV bike and it was so much fun riding around, stopping at interesting view points to chill while eating a gelato or some pastry. We had a great time.
We visited the town of Oia, which was absolutely picturesque. We strolled the streets talking, checking out the various shops, getting a fish pedicure (bucket list check) while listening to the background music of the accordion playing greecian musician. I tell you, it was like being in a movie.
We went on a boat cruise that stopped at a hot spring for swimming and also stopped so that we could hike to the top of a volcano. Although we didn’t see bubbling lava, as Dwayne was hoping to see, we were able to smell the sulfur and feel the heat from the volcano.
The beaches we visited were Kamari, Perissa and Red Beach. They were unlike most of the beaches in the caribbean because there are black sand beaches. Well, not necessarily sand, more like small pebbles. It was different for us, but still nice. At Kamari Beach we had a delicious lunch at a nice restaurant and spent about 2 hours sleeping on the beach as we listened to the sound of the ocean. It was so relaxing!
To get to the Red Bach we had to hike for about 10 minutes. It was very interesting because it felt like we were swimming in the inside of a volcano because we were surrounded by the walls of a collapsed volcano. Although interesting, it kind of scary because we were thinking that this could collapse at anytime and completely cover us.
Santorini was simply amazing, but I wanted this post to be helpful and not just to describe our experience in Santorini, telling you how great it was. I know one of the biggest challenge that I had when I was planning my trip to Santorini was to find information on estimated prices so that I could create a proper budget. I will try to give you guys an idea of some of the costs so that it might assist any of you that are thinking of visiting Santorini.
For the lowest ticket prices to Europe I would recommend checking Justfly.com, they have some great deals. The plane ticket from Athens to Santorini averages about US$150 both ways. We paid approximately US$250 per night for the hotel. Dinner, including wine at a nice restaurant will run you on average 30 euros each person. Breakfast around 11 euros each and lunch approximately 15 euros, although you can easily stop and get a gyro or a slice of pizza for about 5 euros. The ATV bike rental was about 30 euros a day.
If you are planning on visiting Santorini I would recommend that you book your hotel well in advance because they tend to get booked out quickly. I also recommend visiting in the low season as well. We went in September and it was perfect. The prices were lower, less crowd and the temperature ideal – not blazing from the summer heat and also not cold either.
I hope this post was helpful to any of you thinking of traveling to Santorini. Truly, it was amazing!