After three incredible days in Aegina, John Paul and I were off to Santorini. We don’t get much time away from work, so we wanted to make the most of this trip! We had an 8 a.m. flight from Athens to Santorini. The Athens airport is not really close to anything, so we decided to stay at the Sofitel which is literally right across from the airport. Overpriced, yes, but you are paying for convenience. And they have Lanvin toiletries (that smelled SO GOOD!!!)
After a speedy 45 minute plane ride, we arrived in Santorini. We rented a car so we could have the freedom to explore the island on our own. We picked up the car and headed straight to the wine tasting I booked at Argyros Winery. This is the logical thing to do when you can’t check in until 2, right?
After the wine tasting, we dropped our things off at the villa and grabbed lunch. Not having eating much breakfast, we were starving!
To Steki Tou Nikou was right around the corner from our hotel. You pull off on the side of the road, park and walk down the steps to this buried tavern. The food was delicious and the view was breathtaking.
My wonderful grilled octopus salad with balsamic drizzle. Makes my mouth water.
Time to check in! When we originally booked this trip,we hoped to stay at Astra which came highly recommended by a trustworthy source, but it was booked. I was so bummed and discouraged. I got to work on Trip Advisor and discovered Aenaon Villas. The pictures and rave reviews do not do this delightful bed and breakfast justice. This is hands down, the best place I have ever stayed.
View from the infinity pool
Our room the first night. Villa Kallisti
Breakfast of champions (included!!)
Photo taken from the pool area
Our first day in Santorini was beautiful. Too exhausted to explore, we rested by the pool before heading into Oia for dinner. We originally planned to eat at 1800, but opted instead for a more casual option.
We enjoyed a wonderful meal at Lotza-Not pictured-Fava (Greek lentil dip), Shrimp saganaki and beef kabobs.
Santorini at night-view from Lotza.
The next day, we headed to Kamari beach. It was pretty cloudy, but this has never stopped me before.
The ground is covered in large black rocks that actually kind of hurt our feet. We hung out here for a couple of hours and decided to get some lunch around 3 at Almira.
Roasted peppers stacked with grilled halloumi
Grilled Squid. GIMMEE
Sadly, there was no sunset that night, but we headed into Oia again for a lovely dinner at Kandouni.
This was one of our favorite meals of the whole trip. The service was outstanding and so friendly, and the food was incredible. It was too dark to snap any pictures since we were eating outside and we ate dinner every night around 10 p.m.
We spent our remaining two nights in the Villa Feggeri, an awesome loft with a pool view. I loved the hardwoods and white everywhere!
Our last day, I begged John Paul to drive us to Perivolos, the beach known for having more exciting beach bars, despite the less than stellar weather we were experiencing. It started raining almost as soon as we got there, so we decided to get some cocktails and a bite to eat at Seaside. We ended up having to cover our drinks with napkins and poke holes through them in order to drink them because sand was blowing everywhere! We watched a crazy storm that lasted for over an hour. When we got back to Aenaon, our hotels owners were so happy to see us alive!
JP’s awesome Mojito with powdered sugar mint leaves!!
Moroccan salad with fresh crab
Loved this little cutie who was very interested in our squid and crab selection.
Beautiful blue domed church in Oia
Amazing gelato! I definitely ordered the Greek Viagra. YUM.
Donkeys in Ammoudi Bay
Santorini is known for their incredible white wines! Loved this refreshing Assyritko blend.
Here we are about to leave for our last stop, Athens. Sad to leave this beautiful island and villa! If you’re ever in Santorini, please go stay with George and Alexandra at Aenaon Villas, they are the best of the best!