As I sit here in Santorini Airport reminiscing about the most amazing few days we have had together completely and utterly child free on what I think personally has to be one of the most beautiful and unspoilt islands of Greece.
Let me tell you arranging childcare for 3 children is not easy, the whole trip was a surprise for my birthday by my other half. I had no idea where we were going.
I packed a cabin bag with a few outfits, flip flops and thank god my trainers!
We arrived at Gatwick and I opened my surprise envelope which told me where we were going, it was the most loveliest thing I think anyone has ever done for me.
It’s a place we’ve always wanted to visit, but I wasn’t expecting to be hopping on a plane!
The whole time away I feel like I haven’t relaxed from worrying about the girls, especially the baby as I’ve only left her overnight once or twice. It’s been a massive wrench, but I know she’s been perfectly fine and we really needed the break after a few stressful months of life.
We arrived on a Saturday and jumped into a taxi to the hotel.
We stayed at On The Rocks Hotel in Imerovigli a taxi to and from the airport is €25.
Imerovigli is stunning all the hotels are nestled on the steep and I mean steep cliffs, it’s breathtaking.
The hotel offers a small luxurious boutique style with breakfast served on your private terrace overlooking the Caldera.
Andy booked our break through Voyage Prive who regularly have lots of amazing deals!
The first day we arrived we wandered around Imerovigli to Firostefani which is the next town along and again is full of wonderful winding streets, the domed blue churches and lots of restaurants.
On our first night we went to a recommended restaurant by our hotel manager called Avocado- this was our favourite meal experience of the whole trip due to the wonderful, friendly and welcoming atmosphere and the home cooked Greek food. If you ever go there you have to try the Moussaka it’s out of this world.
On the Sunday day 2 of our stay after breakfast we decided to take the 9.5km hike to Oia which is the town we’ll known for celebs to stay, and to watch the amazing sunsets.
The 9.5km walk is definitely not for the faint hearted, but the views and scenery are breathtaking.
It took us 2.5hrs to reach Oia just in time to stop at a little restaurant overlooking the port and eating amazing Greek salad.
In Oia itself there are plenty of shops, bars and restaurants. It’s so chilled and ambient. There is an air of Class and sophistication that just oozes through the whole town.
Some of the most lavish boutique hotels are in Oia and it’s certainly more expensive in this part.
The old ruin at the tip of Oia is the perfect spot to watch the sun melt into the sea.
We got a taxi back to Imerovigli after walking around Oia all afternoon taking in the breathtaking whitewashed buildings overlooking the Aegean Sea.
Taxi was around €15 and 10/15min drive.
There are shuttle buses which run regularly and are much cheaper. I was desperate to hire a quad bike to explore the island and if I came back I most definitely would, but we explored most of it by foot.
That evening after relaxing in our room for a few outs we decided to eat at Aegean Restaurant which was very close to our hotel purely because we were so tired, the food was great and service.
Every meal we ate in Santorini was good!
On the Monday 3rd day we felt so exhausted from the day before we just laid on our terrace reading for the morning before venturing by foot to Fira. The main Capital of Santorini.
Fira was definitely the busiest town and probably my least favourite due to the fact it felt more touristic than the other towns we visited.
We did have an amazing lunch overlooking the Caldera at Volkan on the rocks. Lots of olives, salad, pitta bread and their amazing tzatziki dip.
Another must try for Santorini is their local white wine- it’s delicious and so drinkable!
Food in Santorini isn’t cheap, but it’s not as expensive as I was expecting.
That evening we ate at La Maison in Imerovigli well known for it Greek/French twist a la carte food.
The food was amazing and the service faultless.
On Tuesday our last day 4 we arranged to go on a sailing cruise around the Caldera we visited the red and white beach only accessible by sea and the hot springs formed by the volcano. I would highly recommend Caldera Sailing Trips to book a tour of Santorini from the sea so you can truly appreciate the vastness of the Island.
After our boat trip we climbed to Skaros Rock definitely wear trainers and suitable hiking/climbing wear as it’s very rocky and the terrain is loose underfoot.
Andy actually proposed to me here looking out across the Caldera. Very romantic and beautiful.
It’s a great place to go to watch the sunset or to appreciate Santorini’s beauty.
We dined at Mezzo in Imerovigli which was recommended by a few people we met on our trip, it was a nice meal although I think the atmosphere was spoilt a bit by the service we received, but that was just our experience. The view made up for it!
I’m totally blown away by the rustic charm Santorini offers.
It’s so romantic, and you literally get lost in another world whilst you’re on the Island.
You can do as much or as little as possible here.
I would recommend not bringing young children purely because of the uneven paths, vast amounts of steps and walking you need to do to fully appreciate the island.
Santorini has definitely stolen my heart and I know we will be back.
The best time to visit when less crowded is May/June/September.