City Guide: Summer in Santorini


Greece has been number one on my bucket list for the longest time! My family’s summer trip consisted of stops in London, Santorini and Mykonos. All very different, but if I could choose one place to visit again it would be Santorini. Although I was tempted to just lay by the hotel pool overlooking the ocean all day, there were so many amazing things to see. Here are a few of my favorite activities from my trip to Santorini.

Donkey Rides Up the Cliff
I might be lying when I say this was one of my favorite things from the trip, but it was absolutely something you need to experience. After being thrown on a donkey with no direction, you start the trek as your donkey races the others up the cliff. Don’t worry; the ride only lasts about 20 minutes and you get some great views as you make your way up!

The Black Sand Beach
A quick 15 minute bus ride from Fira, a day at the black sand beach in Santorini is a must. Although it’s a bit hot, the black sand is beautiful and there are plenty of comfy loungers with tiki umbrellas to rent for just 5 Euro. A variety of delicious Greek restaurants will bring everything from gyros to cocktails right to your beach chair.  You don’t need much else other than a good book!

Sunsets in Oia
Watching the sunset from anywhere on the island of Santorini is unlike anything I’ve ever seen. However, if you aren’t staying in Oia, it’s worth a little trip to the north end of the island to watch the sun set. Be sure to head there early to get a good seat.

Vanilla Restaurant
We happened to stumble upon Vanilla Restaurant but it ended up being our favorite meal of the entire twelve day trip. They serve a variety of authentic Greek dishes such as Musaka, stuffed peppers and chicken souvlaki. We ended the meal with a chocolate mousse that was one of the best desserts I’ve ever had – that’s saying something considering the sweet tooth I have!



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