Monday, 26 September 2016

Sarah Travels | Santorini

Over the last year or two I have been to some amazing places. All of them I loved way too much to not talk about on my blog, so let's start off with one of my favourite places in the world, Santorini.
Santorini has always been somewhere I have been desperate to visit, the white cliff side buildings and beautiful sunsets are so well known and so commonly photographed that I felt I just needed to see it for myself and see if it lived up to the beautiful images all over Google image search, and boy it did not disappoint!

I went twice last year, the first time in May and the second time in September. I didn't plan to go twice, but as soon as we got home after the first time, we went straight online and re-booked for another week later in the year because we loved it so much! I went with two friends and both times we went we stayed in the area of Kamari. It has a long black sand beach, which by the way, is SO painful to walk on. Imagine walking on millions of broken shells and that exactly what it felt like! It's that bad they actually sell special shoes that look like crocs for people to wear when they walked along it! I wasn't wearing crocs tho so I just put up with the pain, no pain no gain as they say! 
The first time we stayed in Kamari we took the trip to see the Ancient Thira Ruins which is just up on the clifftop over looking Kamari Beach. The ruins are 5 Euros to get in and you can stay there for as long as you like. It takes about an hour to get around and it was really interesting. I'm a big lover of sightseeing and stuff but I have to say, the views off the top of the cliff definitely outdid the ruins. It's well worth a visit just for that!
The other two places we visited in Santorini were the towns of Thira and Oia. Oia is the town from all the photographs and I have to say it is just as beautiful in real life as in all the photographs. The white buildings, the cobbled streets, the beautiful flowers everywhere you look and the views where just unbelievable, I was constantly pinching myself to check I was actually there and not dreaming! Thira was brilliant for the shopper in me, with jewellery shops lining the walls everywhere you looked! The winding cobbled streets were also in Thira and the views from there out towards the Volcano where amazing too. We sat and had drinks in a little cliffside bar and I honestly could have just sat staring at the view all day! Everywhere you looked it was as if you just set foot inside a postcard! Girl got Views or what!
I think over-all my favourite thing about Santorini has got to be the sunset. I am definitely a lover of a good sunset and the ones in Santorini definitely top the list. The best place to see it is definitely in the town of Oia. The second time I went and we went to see the sunset I actually sobbed. Now I didn't just shed a little tear, oh no, I full on sobbed because of how beautiful it was! Not my proudest moment but what can I say, I just love a sunset! Haha! The first time we actually went on a sunset cruise on a Pirate Boat which was so good, something I would definitely recommend to anyone! It's 3 hours long and you get food included in the price and the food was lovely! It was brilliant and definitely one of my favourite things I've done on a holiday!
Santorini is one of those places I will hold in my heart forever. It's somewhere I would love to get married one day or somewhere I would definitely love to return to with a boyfriend in the future. Its such a romantic little island. A lot of people told us we would get bored in Santorini, 3 young girls who enjoy going out and drinking, and if you're looking for crazy nightlife and are only interested in the likes of Zante or Magaluf where you can rave your socks off, it is definitely not the place to go, but us being us, we still managed to roll in at 5 o'clock in the morning every night! We loved it and managed to find some fab little bars to have a boogie in in Kamari! Albatros and Ethnic Bar where definitely our favourites! We were there every night making the most of the cocktails! And if your looking to have the nicest strawberry Daiquiri you will ever taste then look no further than Prince Bar and Restaurant, you will not be disappointed!
Greek food is a firm favourite of mine anyway but the food in Santorini was some of the best food I have ever tasted! If you eat in Oia it can be quite pricey but I had one of the nicest meals I've ever had there in a restaurant we visited called Sunset Restaurant. We just stumbled on this because we were looking for somewhere to sit down to watch the sunset and when we sat down they told us to keep our table we would have to order food as the demand for tables is so high. We ate while we watched the sunset which was just like a dream (and when I cried haha) and I can honestly say it was one of the best meals I've ever eaten. The food in Kamari is much more reasonably priced and every meal I had was delicious and cooked to perfection. The people in Santorini are some of the nicest people you could ever meet as well. We met some amazing people over there who were so welcoming, kind and made us feel like we were celebrities!

I think about going back to Santorini and the amazing time I had there every single day and I can't wait until the day I set foot on my Island in the Sun again! Until we meet again Santorini...

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