Santorini Thira, Greece

March 10, 2016

Imerovigli mikialamode

I still dream of the Cliff of Caldera in Santorini.  It’s not so much the view because yes, you can get spectacular sunsets from various destinations around the world, but it’s the rare experience of being seated just outside of your own cozy room jutting out of the top of the cliff, drinking in the breathtaking horizon and relaxing over a bottle of wine in perfect silence.  I mean, this is the life. Or, at least I wish it were this way every day!

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This destination was really special to us because it was the last leg of our trip.  Tom and I stayed on the Cliff of Caldera in both Imerovigli and in Fira.  Exploring Santorini was an absolute must and since we’d both driven ATVs before, he selected a powerful one to be our chariot for the week.

It was a real adventure exploring the island every day without a map, just letting the road be our guide to the next spot.  During our stay in Fira, room service was divine & usually delivered at 9AM.

Credit: Enigma Santorini

enigma santorini breakfast

On occasion we went out and grabbed something delicious and local nearby. We went to Red Beach, Black Sand Kamari Beach, a winery and drove as high in elevation and as far out along the island as we could go.  We spent evenings walking through the lanes of just about every district, indulging in the local cuisine and trying lots of pastries and desserts.

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 Red Beach & Black Beach Kamari.

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Almost every evening before sunset, we would go back to our room to unwind from all of the excitement from the day and enjoy the solitude on our own private balcony with some delicious spanokopita, baklava, dessert and our favorite Spanish summer wine while overlooking the Aegean Sea.  We’d watch the sun burn a beautiful yellow and orange across the sky before disappearing into the horizon.  After every sunset, we took long strolls in Fira or Oia for entertainment, dinner and dessert.

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Before Tom and I went, there were some things we just didn’t know and wished someone had shared some of that information with us.


Basic Information for Visiting Santorini (Thira)

1.  You can fly or take ferry from Athens.  We flew and the flight is about an hour.  The ferry is about 8 hours.

2, Santorini is a great place to explore, catch an incredible sunset, experience delicious food, hiking and city life, but if you’re looking for the soft white sand and water to look blue, I recommend you add a visit to one of the other cyclades.

3. There are some day trips available to other islands from Santorini to a few nearby islands.  They’re about $50-$100 for the day and can be purchased in Fira or Oia.  There are many of them, so you’ll stumble upon them while wandering around.

4. There is a public bus that runs in Santorini if you choose not to drive, but want to explore the island outside of the area you’re staying in.  They don’t come very often (I believe it was about every 25-50 minutes).  It’s safe and many people actually use it.  If you drive, don’t bother with a car.  The lanes can get narrow and you get stuck in traffic. A motorcycle or ATV will be much more efficient.  You’ll find parking a lot faster.

5. When it comes to food, many families have their own recipes and special ways to making things even what we find as traditional as baklava and Greek salad.  You’ll find tasty food, but sometimes made differently from one restaurant to another.  That can be half the fun for foodies out there, right? 🙂

6. Sometimes you find beautiful doors that look like they lead nowhere.  I thought these were so eye-catching.  We’re used to seeing doors attached to the wall of a building and here you are with a free-standing door with no ceiling behind it.  These doors lead to hotels and, on occasion, restaurants down on the cliff.

7. When looking for a place to stay on the cliffs, select a spot in Fira, Imerovigli or Oia. When viewing a map, you want to face the west where the sun sets, so select a hotel along the west side of the island.

8. All the locals will tell you this, but the tap water is not drinkable.  They have to bring in the water in these giant vehicles with tanks that look like the ones you see on the road that fill up gas stations.  Always drink bottled water. It’s cheap or free – everyone has to drink it – so don’t stress about it.


Outfits: White dress with pattern by Mary Katrantzou.  Blue dress by BCBG Max Azria.  Lace up nude sandals by Mango.  Sunglasses by Armani Exchange.

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  • alice March 10, 2016 at 9:38 am

    Such beautiful photos! I loved the street shots the most; looked like such a dreamy vacation. The dress with the waist detail was fantastic!

    xo, alice / T Y P E N U

    • miki March 10, 2016 at 3:47 pm

      Thanks so much Alice! I picked up the dress in Malaga, Spain.

  • Alice March 10, 2016 at 10:32 am

    Your pictures are absolutely breathtaking! What a wonderful place to visit!

    • miki March 11, 2016 at 4:49 pm

      Thanks so much Alice! 🙂 Those sunsets and the landscapes are prettier in person. It always seems to be a case, right? 🙂

  • Rai March 10, 2016 at 3:25 pm

    That first dress is gorgeous! Also I want to go to Greece SO BAD so I’m 100% in love with all of these photos *heart eyes* I still can never get over all the white buildings its just too pretty haha the stark blue gate against the white is one of my favourites!

    Rai |

    • miki March 10, 2016 at 3:48 pm

      Thanks so much, Rai! 🙂 I hope you’ll get to visit soon. It really is a picturesque place!

  • Crissy March 10, 2016 at 5:57 pm

    OMG! I’m totally envious of this trip! It looks absolutely amazing and your outfits are on point! The tips you mentioned will be helpful when I finally get a chance to go to Greece!


    • miki March 11, 2016 at 1:32 am

      Thanks, Crissy! I wish I had a better camera on me. I didn’t want a nice camera banging all over the place when we were on the ATV. There are a few more tips I will be adding, so I hope they’ll help when you decide to go! 🙂

  • Deasy Noel March 10, 2016 at 8:25 pm

    Your photos are breathtaking! My dream is to go to Greece – those views, the architecture!!! I can’t wait to experience it! The last photo of the vibrant blue gate and red flowers is absolutely perfect.

    • miki March 11, 2016 at 4:51 pm

      Thanks Deasy! Thanks for the nice comment. I hope you find a deal you can’t pass up and visit soon! 🙂

  • Wynne March 10, 2016 at 10:01 pm

    you look great and the island looks ever so mesmerizing. i’ve been dreaming to visit my whole life! what kind of accommodation did you stay in? can you recommend?

    • miki March 11, 2016 at 1:01 am

      Thanks! I stayed in Enigma Hotel & Suites and would recommend it. The service we received was top notch and the staff is amazing. It’s connected to a cafe and is really quiet even though it’s right where all the action is in Fira.

  • Violette March 11, 2016 at 12:16 am

    It’s so beautiful! I would to go there! x

    • miki March 11, 2016 at 5:28 pm

      Thanks Voilette! I hope you do.

  • Luna March 11, 2016 at 3:02 am

    I love Greece! Superb this report, compliments, a dream! 🙂

    • miki March 11, 2016 at 5:48 pm

      Thanks! It does look dreamy, doesn’t it?

  • Ivy March 11, 2016 at 3:34 am

    OMG, amazing but literally amazing photos. Such a great place to enjoy and enjoy!
    Best regards from Italy,

    • miki March 11, 2016 at 5:41 pm

      Thanks Ivy!

  • PutAllOnMe March 11, 2016 at 3:45 am

    AMAZING photos! Santorini is one my favorite places, so beautiful <3

    • miki March 11, 2016 at 5:04 pm

      Thanks! 🙂

  • Monique | WritingMonique March 11, 2016 at 7:16 am

    You look beautiful, the dress in the first photo: gorgeous!

    • miki March 11, 2016 at 5:17 pm

      Thanks a bunch!

  • Sally. March 11, 2016 at 3:44 pm

    Ahhh wow, that sunset just looks heavenly! Santorini seems like such a beautiful place, one to add to my bucket list as well as Athens. Even though I’m not a fan of the beach, I’d just love to take a stroll and enjoy the scenery.

    Sally – DiagonSally

    • miki March 11, 2016 at 5:24 pm

      Santorini has so much to offer and if you’re not a huge fan of hitting the beach, you’ll definitely still enjoy the food, the hikes and the views. 🙂

  • AMANDA March 12, 2016 at 8:30 am

    Beautiful photos! I want to go to the beach now 🙁

    • miki April 21, 2016 at 1:21 am

      Thanks so much Amanda! I know, I always want to be at the beach too!

  • Kristen March 12, 2016 at 10:28 am

    Looks amazing! I MUST go there soon!


    • miki April 21, 2016 at 1:20 am

      Thanks so much Kristen! I hope you get to make a trip out there soon, too 🙂

  • Chelsheaflo March 13, 2016 at 11:34 pm

    Santorini seems like heaven on earth, wish I could go there as soon as possible! Very nice photos and by the way love your laced up sandals <3


    • miki March 14, 2016 at 4:18 pm

      Thanks so much! Pictures just don’t do the place justice. I hope you get to visit soon, too!

  • Anaivilo March 22, 2016 at 10:16 am

    Goodness, the place is amazing!! I definitely need to go there soon!

    Gorgeous photos!

    • miki March 23, 2016 at 1:56 pm

      Thanks! Greece is definitely scenic!

  • Diana March 25, 2016 at 3:19 pm

    this place is one my list to visit!

  • The Sunday Mode March 26, 2016 at 1:10 am

    Your photos make me want to go there right now! Santorini is one of my favourite places I have ever had the pleasure of visiting. It just has such a relaxing peaceful feeling to it 🙂 I really enjoyed this post!

  • artemis April 27, 2016 at 8:28 am

    I really love the dress <3
    Amazing pics !!!