Photo Diary: Fira, Santorini, Greece

Photo Diary: Fira, Santorini, Greece

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My visit to Santorini in early April was squished into 48 lightening-packed hours, a quick weekend getaway before a business trip nearby. Like most people, I’d heard about the island for years so when the opportunity to finally pay a visit entailed a pricey ferry and limited leisure time, I still jumped. Sleep when you’re dead, they say. 

I opted to stay in the town of Fira because of it’s proximity to the port however if/when I return I’ll shoot for Oia (more in a post to come). ‘Downtown’ (if you can call it that) Fira felt a bit touristy to me but offered plenty of dining and shopping choices. Hoping to avoid any tourist traps, I consulted locals and was directed to Naossa, which was absolutely delicious. 

Prior to arriving on the island I’d seen zillions of beautiful pictures but still didn’t expect the topography I found – for the most part, the main activity on the island is perched atop steep rocky cliffs high above the sea, called Caldera. This explains all those jaw-dropping infinity pools on the hotel websites, beach swimming really isn’t possible without a long winding cab, shuttle or scooter ride down to the water. Not a problem for me. Santorini was formed by a volcano, the top of which is visible just off shore, which also created ‘lava islands’ nearby. The sunset is considered the best in Oia since it’s unobstructed by these islands but in my opinion they only add interest. 

A final takeaway from my visit- much like Venice and Rome, Santorini isn’t the same in high season (late May – September). In early April I found the island peaceful and dreamy but after conversations with locals in the hotel industry I understand it’s the exact opposite mid-summer as tourists pack onto the island off huge cruise ships. The quiet winding path that I strolled to get to and from town can get so dense with vacationers that queues form near some of the steeper steps. Not my cup of tea. Alas, if you settle into one of the many luxurious hotels all the buzz might not matter while you sip local white wine and bask in the Greek sun.

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My thoughts on Santorinian wine:

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So what do you think? Is Santorini for you? I think I know the answer.


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  • Totally going to be emailing you in the next few months as we plan our Greece trip next Spring! 🙂

  • Ah! You now have me daydreaming of going back! I went for almost 48 hours last April, and although the second day was a bit chilly, it was a wonderful time. I wish we had more time in Oia, too. Such a perfect reason to go back!

  • Ah, it looks amazing! Always wanted to go 🙂

  • Im heading to Santorini in july (peak period – boo! 🙁 But its the only time i’m free) and your post has me SO HYPED UP!! I totally can’t wait! 🙂 Though i do hope i don’t get smothered by the heaps of tourists.
    48 hours is relatively short time to spend in Santorini, but you looked like you had fun regardless. At least you got to visit it before going for work meetings 🙂 Love your photos!

    x Carina | Running White Horses

  • HandLuggageOnly

    Looks like a good time!!! 🙂

  • SO beautiful! Santorini is on my honeymoon list 🙂

  • The bluest of blues! I’m totally crushing on Santorini’s color scheme right now.

  • What’s the Greek word for envy? 🙂

  • Wowza, such a bucket list place! I’m diggin’ that blue door with the “E” on it, too 😉

  • Gorgeous photos, looks absolutely amazing there! This place has been on my bucket list for quite some time 🙂

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  • Um, yes to all of this. Your outfit is beautiful!!

  • Santorini would totally be for me. I just want to dive into that water!

  • I could return again and again and never get over the views!

  • Uhm. Wow.

  • Wow What beautiful pictures! It just looks like a picture perfect place to visit. And you are so right about visiting places like this off season, not only is it cheaper but they definitely retain more of their charm when there is not a mass of tourists swarming about!

  • Corinne Vail

    Gorgeous photos! I have not been to Santorini yet…gotta go!

  • Did you feel like the Little Mermaid sleeping in that bed?! I love it!

  • Looks so beautiful – love your photos!

    Yasmine | http://peekingduck.co

  • Incredible photos as always Margo!

  • one of my fave places…..isnt it magical???

  • Your pictures are stunning. Santorini is definitely for me…one day I hope to visit.

  • Gorgeous pictures! What was the weather like when you were there? My husband and I want to go, but we prefer to travel in the off season (especially after our recent trip to Paris, in which there were approximately 15 billion people where ever we went). I don’t think Santorini would be quite as nice though if the weather isn’t great.

  • Jessy Ferreira

    This looks like such a beautiful place!! The photos are gorgeous!! 🙂
    The blue room looks soo dreamy it’s crazy

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    Xoxo Jessy

  • Julia

    A million times yes! These photos are a dream, now just waiting for the day that I can afford that plane ticket 😀

  • Minimal by Three

    This is absolutely breathtaking, it makes me want to go back to Greece a million times over. Thanks for a lovely post! X

  • Erica

    This is a great post! My boyfriend and I are thinking about buying some tickets today!! I’ve been reading that Greece is an affordable place to visit now, would you say Santorini is, too? Or do those amazingly beautiful islands get a little pricier?

    Thanks!
    Erica
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