Santorini, a visual & spiritual retreat

Commonly mistaken as a place only meant for couples, in my humble opinion, Santorini is a gorgeous island for …

  • school friends who are courageous enough to travel for the first time with their respective spouses 😉
  • it’s a place for cousins who choose to bond over funny family  fiascos &
  • it’s also a place for a girls trip (or boys trip) where memories are stitched in the (linen) shirt of the soul!

Much like my previous blog post on Mykonos (read here), this one entails some facts, tips, tricks, hacks & noteworthy holiday pointers for Santorini as well as Athens.

Let’s crack on with-

1>Things to do in Santorini

AREAS TO STAY 

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The Maven Lifestyle by Aakansha

The Maven Lifestyle by Aakansha

Oia & Fira are the best areas to hang out in so I’d very strongly recommend you to stay there. Don’t think too much about the cost because you’d anyway end up paying a bomb for the commute as the local cab companies charge a very high fare for to & fro on the island of Santorini. 

Sunset in Santorini from both Oia & Fira is very very famous. People gather in large groups everyday just to witness the sunset…the vibe of the city is breathtaking around sunset so make sure you don’t miss it for a thing! 

I’ve never seen the Sun set in such a prettier way than what I saw in Santorini 

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SANTO WINES, WINERY 

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You need to be here to know why a simple winery is so bloody awesome. Their wine tasting will leave you in holy jolly mood & don’t forget to order garlic spaghetti & panna cotta. It boggles my mind as to how such commonly available dishes can be prepared with such insane perfection… the kind of perfection that can tear you up! I very strongly recommend you to go here.

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WHAT TO IGNORE

The Monastry, Red Beach, Black Beach, etc. are very very avoidable. Please don’t waste your valuable money in booking any tour around the island, you won’t enjoy it at all! Santorini is all about Oia, Fira & the cruise I have mentioned below. I suggest you stay as close as possible or at Fira/ Oia and spend 2-3 days just basking in the glory of the breathtaking view you’d miss for life!

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The only good thing that came out of visiting the Monastery!

CRUISE WITH SANTORINI YACHTING CLUB

This was the best decision we (as a group) made. We celebrated our friends’ birthday on a catamaran boat. This was a 6 hour experience where we got a chance to jump into the sea, gorge into barbecued meals freshly prepared by the sailor & his crew right there on the boat. 

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Freshly prepared on our catamaran…

This was a sunset cruise with an all inclusive food & drinks plan with unlimited & uncontrollablely gorgeous views. This was clearly one of the best experiences of my life as I had no flying clue that I’d be cool enough to jump into the sea (as I cannot swim). 

Indulging in the gratitude of witnessing a jaw dropping sunset from a catamaran with a bunch of sweethearts was a dream come true and I urge you to experience the same when in Santorini!

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The Maven Lifestyle by Aakansha

The Maven Lifestyle by Aakansha

The Maven Lifestyle by Aakansha

The Maven Lifestyle by Aakansha
A Sunset to cherish forever…
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Sunset from our catamaran

GASTRONOMY

Oia & Fira are hotspots for lovely restaurants. Be brave enough to explore the ones you fancy- you wouldn’t be disappointed! We tried way too many and I wouldn’t name names because almost all the restaurants were lovely. 

2>Things to do in Athens

Quite frankly, we had no plans to explore Athens as there isn’t much to do in there. It’s known to be a pitstop for folks wanting to visit islands of Santorini, Ios & Mykonos. We did spend one day at the beginning and one day at the end of our trip. If you plan your journey to Greece, you’d probably have to do that too. So here’s what you do, when in Athens->

STAY WALKING DISTANCE FROM SYNTAGMA SQUARE

When in Europe, where you stay is of ‘paramount’ importance. I strongly believe that the closer you are to the city centre, the more you end up exploring as you don’t have to wrack your brains in constantly planning the commute. Syntagma Square is the city centre of Athens and if you stay here, all you gotta do is walk around, dine & shop!

SHOP ON ERMOU STREET

For all my brand enthusiasts, this street will offer you a plethora of brands and myriad of cafes to shop till you drop & dine till your tummy hurts. Ermou Street is a very chirpy area you wouldn’t want to miss out on.

Visit Cafe Tazza

You need to visit this exquisite cafe to know why it’s made it on to this list. Allow the pictures below to take you on a journey…

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The Maven Lifestyle by Aakansha

The Maven Lifestyle by Aakansha

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Bathroom at Cafe Tazza

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14 Comments Add yours

  1. Bhavishya says:

    You are awesome!🥰
    Thank you for sharing!😘

    1. Aakansha says:

      It’s a pleasure & thank you my love
      -(hug)-

  2. Rakhi Gurnani says:

    U have so beautifully n precisely explained everything 👌🏻👌🏻Gr8 work

    1. Aakansha says:

      Thank you my dear Rakhi. I know in my heart that you will go to Greece very very soon. Cannot wait for you to fly to Santorini & Mykonos and share lots of pictures. God Bless you & your Rahul.
      -(hug)-

  3. Sumitha says:

    Beautiful article ..just like U. Great job!!

    1. Aakansha says:

      Thanks my dear Sumi! Hugs!

  4. Shivani Shahu says:

    Di, This is amazing!
    What if I say I am in love with each and every picture??
    Love and power to you 💫
    Keep inspiring!

    1. Aakansha says:

      Thank you my gorgeous star!

  5. Sathvika Narayan says:

    The writing absolutely make justice to the pictures! It was a beautiful journey to read through along with the pictures as you mentioned! I am sitting here and drooling seeing the food and wine pictures! I will keep in mind the do’s and dont’s when I visit the place! I totally adore your writing! ❤️Keep sharing more!👍

    1. Aakansha says:

      You’re such a doll! Thanks a ton my love!
      Hugsss!

  6. Shikha says:

    My dear Akansha
    Your blog has been one of the best . 💓I love your articles so so much ..
    This is such a beautiful and informative post by you, the pictures
    look dreamy ,you look lovely as ever ..
    thank you for sharing the details after observing them so perfectly and putting it all here in this great post❤ looking forward to more such posts from you.. xoxo

    1. Aakansha says:

      Your comment always lights up my day 🙂
      I adore you so so muchchch!

  7. Shivam Sharma says:

    This article is as helpful like you’re, It will definitely help me for my next tour plan ..
    Thank you so much🤗💝

    1. Aakansha says:

      Thanks Shivam, so happy that you found this useful. God Bless you my dear!

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