The picture perfect romantic Greek getaway
It is not difficult to fall in love with the scenic beauty of Santorini, which is particularly known around the world for its breath-taking sunsets. Hannah Schadel/ Camrose Canadian contributor
Every time someone asks me “what are the Greek Islands like?” I begin stuttering, finding it difficult to express in proper English how stunning this whitewashed cliff-side town really is.
The only way I can legitimately express the beauty is by saying “well, you’ve seen those famous paintings with white rounded buildings strategically placed along the cliff side with panoramic views of the sea in the background? Well, every time I visit Santorini, I feel like I am walking through those streets, within that painting.”
Santorini is a glamorous destination recognized around the world. With natural coloured cliffs that illustrate the Greek history through it’s slow erosion, and perfectly clean whitewashed buildings that are strategically placed upon the side of the cliff for the sole purpose to receive the best views and sunsets in Greece.
With its reputation of jaw-dropping panoramas, sand beaches, romantic sunsets and intertwining cobbled streets where quaint restaurants and markets live, this little island will win over every heart.
Now before you stop reading this article because you think Santorini is way too expensive to travel to, think again. If you head to travelpirates.com you can fly to Athens, Greece for as little as $451 return, then you’ve just got a hop, skip and a jump over to Santorini. When arriving in Santorini, the first thing you’ll notice is that the majority of the developments are focused on the caldera-edge cliff tops on the west side of the island. With each town and community condensed together as clusters, it is very easy to find accommodation that overlooks the dazzling, gasp-inducing views.
Santorini, or commonly known as Thira, is an island amongst a circular group of volcanic islands situated within the Aegean Sea. Santorini itself was originally formed as a volcanic eruption where post eruption left a large caldera surrounded by ash deposits hundreds of feet deep. Around 3200 B.C., the island of Santorini was discovered and quickly became the home to many Cretans. As time has developed, the island is now home to over 15,000 people, but over 1.5 million tourists will visit this ancient yet sophisticated city every year. So, they must be wanting to see something, right?
Apart from being one of the most romantic places in the world, there is plenty to see and do.
Walking the Caldera Edge is most certainly a must when staying in the area. The nine kilometre walk is a very easy, light jaunt that takes you through the sprawling streets that intertwine into Greek restaurants and back out to the incredibly stunning view. If you continue to walk to the very end of the Caldera Edge, you’ll reach Oia, one of the most famous and well-known destinations for sunsets in the world. If you can time it perfectly, position yourself in a spot that gives you the bright red sunset, or book in at a sunset view restaurant and you’ll experience the sunset all with an Aperol Spritz in hand.
Whether you like to drink a little or a lot, wine-tasting is considered a tradition when visiting Santorini. And you don’t want to break with tradition. Santorini’s wines are usually crisp, dry whites that trickle into the unfortified dessert wine known as Vinsanto. Both of these types of wines are made from the indigenous grape variety called Assyrtiko. There are numerous vineyards located across the island, all which have the most extravagant views of the sea. It’s very important you stop by for local produce, local wine and traditional Greek food.
Taking advantage of the dazzling sea that prides itself in surrounding this ancient beauty of an island is a must when visiting. Whether it is swimming on the famous black sand beach, sailing to the other islands, quad biking along the cliffs or immersing yourself in the many beach adventures.
If you’re interested in travelling to this incredibly gorgeous cliff-side town, keep an eye out of splurge deals on discount travel websites that allow you to travel to Santorini for the same price as a trip to Toronto. Your romantic and spontaneous trip could not only whisk you away for a well-deserved second honeymoon, but you’ll be saving some serious coin at the same time. Win, win.
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