Visiting Greece also implies visiting one or more of the fabulous islands. The biggest problem is deciding which to visit. Since we went there out of tourist season, and barely having enough time for just one island, our choice went to Santorini. This turned out to be a great decision and we were not disappointed.
Santorini is one of the more popular islands, and for a very good reason – it is stunning!
Being there out of season helped because it is relatively small with narrow streets and roads, very hilly, and packed with accommodation, restaurants, and shops – too many tourists would’ve spoiled it.
Even out of season it was surprisingly busy and we were only too happy not having to drive around ourselves 🙂
We were astonished by the sheer number of churches around, most of them being very small and well maintained. We were told that there are about a thousand churches on the island. Even if the number is not accurate, it cannot be far out! It probably explains why one see so many photographs of the island featuring a church.
Something else that we did not expect is the fact that Santorini has got a strong and thriving wine industry. Their location in the middle of the Aegean and terroir (rocky and volcanic) forms the basis for some unique, interesting, and excellent wines. We managed to visit several wineries and tasted wines quite new to us, most of the cultivars ones that we’ve never even heard of before! The grape yield is by nature quite low, resulting in very good quality wine.
Santorini also offers many other tourist attractions, such as shops ranging from the usual curio shops to high-end brand name shops, and a fair number of art galleries.
Then of course there are the natural sights to see – ranging from views over the Aegean, rocky beaches, colourful night-time scenes, to truly magnificent and spectacular sunsets.
There is even an ancient city, or at least an undercover archaeological site at the area where it used to be.
Of all the sights to see, the spectacular sunsets and night scenes are the most stunning by far.
Alas, our time at Santorini ran out much too soon and we had to get ready for heading back to Athens.
One of the things I really wanted to accomplish was to shoot one of those postcard-like night-time shots of the lights of Santorini. Although I managed to do that, my shots were not quite as good as I was hoping for. However, Jaunine managed to get the shot that I was hoping for, and (as far as I’m concerned) it turned out to be the top shot of our visit, and here it is:
If you haven’t been to Santorini, then I suggest you put it on your bucket list – it’s really worth it!
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