A travel blogger that we came across in our journey. Roxy Sirghi blogs on Intowanderlust and shares one of our favorite destinations, Greece on Travel Junkie Diary. Santorini is always a good idea!
Here is her diary
Destination Santorini, Greece
We traveled with our best buddies to five countries for three weeks and we each got to choose our country we really wanted to see. I’ve always had Greece and Santorini on my bucket list. So here was my chance to see it sooner than I thought.
Stayed in Remezzo Villas
Once our flight landed in Santorini we took a shuttle ride to our hotel, which was about half an hours ride. They had several shuttles waiting at the airport so planning ahead wasn’t needed for transportation. It was pretty inexpensive the four of us travelers. We paid $50 total.
Our villa at Remezzo was cliff side overlooking the ocean. It’s a pretty small hotel consisting of 12 rooms and the cost was right about $210 per night for a nice sized room. If you upgrade you can get views directly of the ocean and lovely balcony.
We had such an amazing experience at this villa. We got a cute and spacious blue and white villa right next to the pool which overlooked the most incredible views of the Aegean sea for miles. The owner greeted us and book us in our room when we arrived there late on a Friday night. He treated us with white wine and a gave us so many recommendations on where to eat. I’m so thankful we stayed there because we had the most incredible food experiences while in Santorini. He also helped us rent ATV that we rode around the whole island. This was my favorite day. I would go back to this hotel for sure!
This hotel sits cliffside overlooking the Aegean Sea in Imerovigli and a short 30 minute scenic walk into the town of Fira. There you can find so many shops for souvenirs, restaurants and cafés. You can get really decent priced souvenirs there for as little as 1 euro for a shot glass or 2 euros for a Santorini cappuccino cup. You can even buy cute little bottles of their amazing olive oil for only 3 euros and you could give them to friends/family back home. A big hit!
In your suitcase Since we were traveling for three weeks throughout several countries I packed a lot! Also, we were traveling in May so the weather varied from freezing cold winds in London to Sunny beach days in Greece. My wardrobe had to have a variety of comfy sweaters, pants (so many colors), summer clothes, shirts lots of shoes (I think I brought like 5 pairs) some may say excessive and now looking back I agree but my weakness is shoes when I travel. Love having lots of options. Last;y, make up and hair products filled up our super tight 2 luggages and 2 carry ons.
Diary When going to Santorini, you will want a good camera/recorder to photograph every view you see. It seem’s so surreal and this way you can try and capture it all. Also, expect lot’s of grappa’s thrown at you at restaurants (their alcoholic shots).
Renting atv’s and exploring the whole island and beach/cliff areas is a must! You get to go at your own pace and see so much more than you ever would otherwise.
Don’t eat almost everything off of your plate then complain it wasn’t cooked to your liking and requesting a refund. When we were out at dinner we saw this touristy couple do that….Not classy or right!
98% of Greeks are Greek Orthodox, with Muslim, Roman Catholic and Jewish minorities.
When traveling throughout this island you wouldn’t feel that there was a debt crisis. The residents are so hardworking, have such pride in their country and are so friendly. I will never forget the friends we made in this picturesque and almost surreal island called Santorini. It forever stole my heart that spring and I wish more knew of this paradise and go visit.
Rent an ATV and explore the island off the beaten path
See Oia, most famous and photographed village on the island.
Make time and catch the sunsets, they are worth it! Try and get a table outside if you’re eating right before sunset.
Hike Skaros Rock. Narrow yet stunning views all around.
Visit islands nearby or tour a volcano. You can book through a local travel agent in Fira.
Go for a swim and stroll down one of the black sand beaches. We drove our ATV to Perivolos beach and ate at Seaside by Notos. This beachfront restaurant was decorated with a cottage beach house feel and the food was so fresh and delicious. It was a bit more pricey compared to some of the other restaurants but the gourmet seafood cuisine was worth every dollar! Price range- $30-$94. They are so creative with their dishes and every single thing we ordered was spot on. I will be coming back for sure. After eating there you can simply walk right outside and you step onto the black sand beach. You can either walk down and visit little shops or restaurants along the shore or find yourself a comfy sun bed and relax.
We were in Santorini for only three nights so we didn’t see quite as much as we should have liked but the highlights were renting those ATV and literally driving around the whole island stopping at restaurants for quick bites and exploring cliff side views. Capturing as much video and photographs as we could. You can get a map of the island from your hotel. Always ask them for recommendations as well, they know where all the good restaurants and best views are.
Shopped at We walked around the town of Fira and bought so many trinkets and souvenirs that I had to leave some clothes behind just to fit them all in our over stuffed luggage. We love collecting shot glasses, mugs, and olive oils and jams when we visit.
Dined In We ate at so many good places its hard to choose. However, Lucky’s Souvlakis in Fira we had to visit twice it was so good. They have the best gyros I’ve ever had and the owner is awesome! He dances around in his fany pack and loves giving out free drinks. This place is a small and cute spot with really low prices and best greek food in town.
Tips I say when you travel to make sure you have an itinerary but not to plan out every detail. Over-planning kills majic and sometimes the funnest and most memorable days are the spontaneous one’s
Mode of Travel We traveled with Aegean airlines from Heathrow, London to Athens in 4 hours then about 40 minute flight into Santorini. I love flying and this experience was one of my favorites. The views below of the Aegean sea ans islands just in the middle of nowhere popping up was just magnificent.
If I could inspire even one person to book a flight after seeing one of my blog posts or videos, that would make me more than happy. I love sharing tips and travel advice with others, as well as receiving recommendations from other travelers. There is so much to see and I can’t see myself not exploring more of this world. I love to travel and get lost in new and different places, while enjoying amazing foods and great company along the way.