Santorini is without a doubt a beautiful island and has some of the most beautiful scenery that you will see on a Greek island, however if you are travelling with children you will need to do your research. The beaches are made of black volcanic "grit" which gets extremely hot and is definitely not a child's play area, the sea water gets very deep very quickly and again for young children who are not confident swimmers I would be very cautious. We travelled in June/July there can be quite a strong breeze at times.
If you are a couple you will love Santorini, the scenery, ambience, food, sunsets and general relaxed way of life will provide you with a lovely holiday. We stayed at the Aegean View Hotel in Kamari and experienced a hotel with beautiful views, large and very clean rooms, an adequate size pool for the size of the hotel, a good breakfast is provided and if you want eggs, bacon etc., just ask and it will be served. The staff are friendly, helpful and polite and do all they can to accommodate you. The hotel is situated overlooking the town at the foot of a small mountain which keeps the hotel nice and cool in the evening it does tend to put the pool in the shade by about 5:00 p.m. so if you are sun lovers who like to lay out in the sun until early evening you will need to visit the local beach which is a 10 min walk. This hotel is accessed by quite a steep road which is fine if you do not have any walking difficulties. The bed was not very comfortable and we did ask for another mattress which was happily provided.
Fira and Oia are beautiful areas to visit with stunning scenery and beautiful restaurants you will not be disappointed. Oia was my personal favourite I could of sat in a restaurant all day long drinking wine and eating seafood taking in the scenery, it was stunning. You will do a lot of walking in both areas, up and down lots of steps so if you have any walking difficulties you may struggle especially in the heat. Buses are clean and air conditioned they get very busy but fortunately to get from one end of the island to the other does not take too long (40 mins) approx.
If you go to the Akrotiri ruins invest in a guide otherwise you will not really get anything out of the trip. You can get there on a bus from Kamari and you can easily do this in the morning and then go onto the Red Beach, take your drinks etc with you as there is only one drinks hut at one end of the beach again the sand get very hot and access to this beach involves some steep climbs.
Most restaurants serve the same type of cuisine and the price varies depending whether you are on the beach or a side road. General Greek food is served in all but on the sea front you will get much more opportunity to get good seafood. Local house wine is fine about 5 euro for 500ml other bottled wines are much more expensive. Average meal two courses with wine and beer £50 for two people.
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- Aegean View Kamari
- Aegean View Hotel Santorini/Kamari
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