Vacation is a time to get away, feel disconnected (if you can pry your hands off your smart phone) and rest. Santorini, Greece is that perfect place I can honestly say, the second I take a look at that magnificent view while taking a deep breath, I finally feel 100% relaxed.

The minute you walk up and overlook the caldera view, all your stresses melt away and serenity overtakes you. The white buildings that resembles snow on a cliff against the deep blue Mediterranean waters is truly breathtaking. The iconic Greek white buildings which consists of hotels, restaurants and shops take you along to the highest point of the island’s village called Oia. This is the most photographed village you see in everyone’s Instagram feed. When you’re there in person, you can see why it’s so Instagram worthy.

Santorini Greece

Dinner in Santorini is always magical

The village of Firostefani is a great place to stay along the caldera since it’s not too crowded in high peak season, with many hotels and great restaurants to choose. It’s only a few minutes walk to the center of Fira which has many shops yet a more touristic area. Staying in the village of Oia, the highest point of Santorini Greece, is a great choice as well but it can be more expensive in high season and availability is limited if you don’t book in advance.

If you only have one day to explore (which is a pity), make sure you get there in time for the most stunning sunset Santorini Greece is most recognized.┬áIf you’re staying outside of Oia, make your way there no later than 7pm to the highest point of the village. You can plan having dinner there while watching the sunset (plan for reservations ahead) or eat before, then watch the sunset. But no matter what, it’s a must to watch and everyone has the same idea which is why you must drive or take the island village bus up early. Sunset is around 8:43pm. *TIP! Make sure to have a glass of Santorini wine in hand while watching the sunset, it makes the experience 100 times better!

Santorini Sunset Shadows

Santorini Greece Wines

Speaking of wines, if you have more time during the day, make sure to visit one of the many Santorini vineyards such as: Antoniou, Argyros Estates, Boutari, Canava Roussos, Gaia, Galavas, Hadzidakis, and Santo Wines to name a few of the top wineries.

If you have a few days, exploring the island is highly recommended since each area is so different. From a beach called Red Beach, known for its red sand, to Perissa and Perivolos known for its black volcanic sand, Santorini has so much to offer. Taking a day cruise is the best way to see the surrounding areas of Santorini. It will take you to the Nea Kameni volcano where you can hike up to the top to see a magnificent 360 degree view. Then sail over to the hot springs for a swim that’s known to have therapeutic benefits. After swimming, you’re ready to relax and have lunch by sailing to the small island of Thirasia, only inhabited by approximately 270 people. Fish is of course on the menu, just caught a couple hours before you arrived, ready for you to take it all in with a bottle of local wine.

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Santorini is apart of the Cyclades Islands which consists of multiple smaller islands near by. Jump on a ferry for a day or two and explore those other islands, such as beautiful Ios…

*Next stop, Ios.

Photos by PetiteGreek on iPhone 6