Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Arriving in Santorini

I didn't say it, but I was a bit concerned that I might be underwhelmed by Santorini. I'd seen so many photographs in blog posts, so many Instagrams and heard so much about how beautiful it was that I started to think nothing could live up to my expectations. Similarly my husband, Ian, wasn't expecting to like it at all - he'd been to Crete before and didn't think he was a fan of Greece.

Volcano View Hotel Review Santorini

Neither of us should have worried. Santorini is like paradise on earth! 

This is the view that greeted us when we arrived in our hotel room on Friday 13th May. We'd flown overnight from London, changing in Athens, and had spent the morning partially comatose on sunloungers, every now and again getting up to stare, open mouthed at the view. 

Santorini Volcano View
The hotel we stayed at was called Volcano View, and they weren't kidding. Just on the outskirts of Fira (about a 15 minute walk into the centre, but with stunning views along the way and a free shuttle bus if you're the lazy type) our hotel had two swimming pools across a split level, beautiful white washed rooms with cool tiled floors and balconies overlooking the stunning view below, across the sea to the Thira volcano. 

Santorini Volcano View

The two large pools were dotted with sun loungers - and giant bean bags, which we immediately took advantage of!

On our first day we ate in the hotel bar, but afterwards we actually found it was nicer to wander across the road to a local bakery, where the smiling girls served us freshly made, cool baguettes filled with feta, fresh tomatoes, lettuce and turkey ham. We washed them down with cola light bought from the pool bar.

We went to Santorini for a wedding, and we also spent a lot of time exploring Fira and Oia, but occasionally it was nice to spend part of our days just lounging by the beautiful pools, pina colada in hand, luxuriating in the stunning vistas.

The view stretches sideways over Fira, giving you a perfect view of the little white houses, hotels, bars and restaurants dotted down the cliff towards the deep blue of the sea.

And I haven't even mentioned the sunsets yet! 

Sunset in Santorini is famous for a reason. We watched it from our balcony, Ian drinking the local lager and me with a glass of clear Greek white wine. 

Absolute perfection. 

Tomorrow - exploring Fira!


  1. Wow, it looks incredible there! Definitely making me want to go on holiday :) x

  2. Santorini seems like a magical place. The sunsets are truly idyllic. Although I'm Greek, I've never been there! I'm hoping you enjoy your time in our country!


  3. Wow, heaven on earth or what!? It looks especially appetizing from my cold office in Surrey right now!

    That sunset picture is absolutely magical. And what better way to enjoy it than with a glass of cold white wine - woman after my heart!

    xx La Coco Noire

  4. great post! i love these pictures! makes me want to go out and travel ! :)

  5. I've been to Greece a few times and I adore it, Santorini is definitely top of my wish list! I'm glad you had such a lovely time away. :) xx

    Kate | katedruryy.blogspot

  6. Amazing place!

    DadieB. ~

  7. These are such great pictures! Santorini looks beautiful!


  8. Beautiful pictures!! Love the place so much!
    Love from {a lifestyle, fashion, beauty, and food blog}

  9. Santorini looks amazing xx

  10. Ah this is absolutely gorgeous - loving your photos, Greece is such a beautiful place to visit, I normally go to Athens but Santorini is on my list of places to visit :)

    Layla xx

  11. I've been to Santorini many years ago and I hope I will visit again! Your husband didn't like Crete or I didn't understand correctly? I've been to Crete twice and I am going again at the end of the month, it's a different kind of island from Santorini but soooo beautiful! I love your photos :)


  12. Santorini it's a magical place!I'm from a Greek island too but further from there!I was ready to comment that a lot of people from around the world pick Santorini for their wedding or their honeymoon but i read that this was the reason that you were there ^_^

    xo Aphrodite ~ BubblyBeauty


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