As I mentioned previously, our main reason for venturing to Santorini in the first place was because a good friend of mine from university was having her wedding there. The wedding was split across three days, with a drinks reception in Fira on the first evening, a stunning ceremony, dinner and dancing on the second day, and a White Party lunch on the Sunday!
I don’t want to share too many personal details about their wedding as obviously it’s very private, but all I can say is that if you’re planning a wedding and looking for a destination abroad to impress all your guests, Santorini could not be more perfect!
We arrived on the Friday and after a quick sleep catch up, we more or less went straight to the wedding drinks.
The drinks were held at the Panorama Hotel in Fira, from which the views are absolutely stunning. We stood on the terrace with cold white wine and frosty cocktails, watching the sun dip below the clouds across the sparkling blue sea.
The food platters of traditional Greek food were excellent and devoured in seconds, leaving us to continue our drinking! Greece was a little chilly in the evenings in May so I’d recommend a light cardigan or blazer if you’re headed that way.
The formal wedding took place at Le Ciel in Imerovigli, where the view at the ceremony was absolutely breath taking.
I wore a blue formal dress and felt like a mermaid princess floating about above the beautiful scenery below!
The dinner was amazing – both Ian and I thought the starter was the main course, as there was just so much food!
The next day, slightly worse for wear, we got up and into our white finery. The bride and groom met at an all white event so wanted to incorporate it into their event, which I thought was a lovely idea!
The luncheon was held at Ammoudi Fish Tavern in Oia. We were glad of an excuse to visit Oia, a 25 minute taxi drive across the island from Fira. The food was some of the best we had all week and I would thoroughly recommend it to anyone visiting Santorini – it’s a bit tough to get to, but for the interior and eating experience it’s so worth it.
Starving and slightly hungover, we gorged on flavoursome feta, fresh Greek salads, warm, crusty bread and juicy octopus, washing it down with more excellent white wine.
The steak and flaky, fresh white fish for the main was just something else. I was in a food coma but still managed a couple of the Greek desserts!
Afterwards, a couple of friends and I decided to go and explore Oia a little further.
The streets are like something out of a postcard – cool and shady, framed with traditional blue-and-white shops selling pretty jewellery, glass trinkets and local food, dotted along the way with little cafes, tables of tourists sipping white wine and nibbling olives in the low sunshine.
Eventually of course we decided to join them.
Everywhere gets pretty busy in Oia around sunset but we found a bar and pulled up a seat. There are, admittedly, lots of tourists that come in from cruise ships and elbow each other around to get the best selfie-stick spot (which we really didn’t find in Fira) but it’s still absolutely beautiful and if you head to a bar, you can escape the majority of the madness! It's worth it for views like this.
Once the sun had fallen, we were feeling a bit peckish again somehow, so headed to Floga. This was a restaurant that had been recommended to me by my sister before we came as one of her favourites in Santorini, so I was excited to try it, and I have to say, I wasn’t disappointed! I had a starter of calamari and a main of chicken souvlaki, and both were excellent.
The waiter was really friendly and informative and it wasn’t as crazily expensive as some of the other places we visited on our trip. I would definitely recommend it for a relaxing meal in Oia.
After a few admiring looks at Oia in the darkness, we hailed a cab back to Fira – with some trouble! Taxi drivers in Santorini really aren’t in a hurry to get anywhere! – and collapsed into soft white sheets for a good night’s sleep, ready for the most important day of the year in the morning… my birthday!
Have any of you been to Oia? What did you think of it compared with Fira?