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Greece Travel Series: Santorini – An Unforgettable View (Part 2)

June 2, 2017

Now that I have bombarded you with pictures of the “pinch me” worthy scenery here in Santorini Find Here, I think it’s about time to share some of the activities that we have been up to! Shall we?

First and foremost, let’s talk about this gem of a cafe that we found in Thira. Well if I’m being completely honest, it was recommended to me by my sister. But for someone who is visiting Greece for the first time, it felt like a serious treasure hunt to find the thing! Hangry alert.

Let me tell you though, it was definitely worth it. For those of you who know me well, you’ll know that the only “bucket list request” I had when visiting Greece was to have breaky with a view, and Cafe Galini was the perfect spot. Coffee, freshly squeezed orange juice and a mouth-watering meal overlooking the Caldera?! Let’s just say we were a match made in heaven.

I got the Quinoa porridge topped with a fruit & nuts mix (shocker), while Cody was clearly eager to dive into his omelet and fresh bread.

And THEY HAVE ALMOND MILK! I know I’m probably the only person who would get excited about something like this, but it is the one thing I have been missing like crazy on this trip. Let’s take a minute and backtrack to when we first arrived in Athens and I ordered a coffee with a “dash of almond milk” and Cody rolled his eyes and started dying of laughter. So ya, safe to say I walked out of that cafe with a black, Greek coffee.

Moving on, you’re probably wondering how we got to Thira since it’s around a 20-30 minute drive from Amoudi Bay, which brings me to the ATVS! For only 35 euros a day, this has by far been the best way to get around in Santorini, even though I have yet to actually be in the driver’s seat. If you ask me, I’ve been perfectly happy just clinging on to the back and praying that we don’t fall off the cliff! Seriously though, the streets were so high and narrow that pictures won’t even do them justice. But of course, the view is incredible.

Ps. I also secretly love watching Cody look like a kid in a candy shop every morning that we rent a new ATV.

We’ve also been taking advantage of having the ATV’s to visit the black sand beaches on the other end of the island every morning after breakfast. It usually starts with us grabbing a drink at one of the funky cafes on the beach, browsing the shops and then going for a quick swim in the ocean. The water is SO refreshing – my hair and skin are definitely thanking me!

What’s a trip to Santorini without a yacht cruise on the Island, am I right? At least those were our thoughts and with plenty of recommendations, it wasn’t long before we booked 2 spots on the Sunset Oia!

*Wow, I look kind of naked in this pic…but I swear I’m not

What an incredible way to explore the different areas of the island, meet new people and experience a famous Santorini sunset right on the water. I mean, we were mostly looking forward to the unlimited booze and the free Greek buffet, but the other stuff was pretty cool too.

We definitely recommend doing a cruise if you’re traveling to Santorini. It was warm enough during the day to swim and scuba dive in the hot springs and then, later on, we enjoyed cozying up with a glass of local wine to watch the much-anticipated sunset. With a total of 5 hours on the boat, I think it’s safe to say it is well worth the expense.

And last, but certainly not least is our trip to the Kissing Fish Spa! This was a spontaneous decision but we figured our feet could use the pampering from all of the walking and hill climbing we’ve been doing since we’ve arrived in Greece. I know you’re probably thinking, “uhh… what is a kissing fish spa?” Well just picture your average pedicure salon chair, except instead of putting your feet in a soapy tub, it’s a tank filled with 150 tiny little fish! Crazy, right? So was the feeling! It was like nothing I’ve ever experienced before.

Given that we are two people who are seriously ticklish, we didn’t think we’d be able to last a whole 30 minutes with our feet in the water! But eventually, it went from feeling weird to being surprisingly soothing and relaxing. My feet felt like a baby’s bum – talk about major exfoliation!

This post only highlights some of many activities that we’ve done during our time here in Santorini. And honestly, most of my favorite memories have been made from simply enjoying the little things together (relaxing, sunsets, wine on our terrace).

If you haven’t already noticed, this trip has by far been one of the best, most memorable experiences in my life. Now I can understand why people always say “you HAVE to visit Greece!” We haven’t even left yet and I’m already eager to plan my next visit.

I know I went a bit crazy on the writing in this travel series, but I just couldn’t resist. I tried to incorporate as many tips as I could throughout my posts, but in case you wanted a quick rundown of my personal recommendations when traveling to Greece, I have created a list of the DOS & DONTS:

DO:

  • Use Airbnb
  • Rent ATVs
  • Take a Blue Star Ferry Click Here
  • Visit Hotel Galini Click Here
  • Cliff jump in Amoudi Bay
  • Have lunch it little Venice (Mykonos)
  • Watch the sunset in Oia
  • Visit a black sand beach (preferably Perissa)
  • Get a kissing fish pedicure Click Here
  • Go on a Yacht Tour Click Here
  • Indulge in a bottle of local wine (duh)

DON’T:

  • Overpack!!! (my biggest mistake, as always)
  • Get heat stroke like Cody did. Stay hydrated!

Obviously, my DONT list is much shorter…

Thank you so much for joining me on this adventure and I hope you enjoyed reading along! Please let me know if you have any questions in the box below.

Xx

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