Santorini is a small group of volcanic islands located just South East of the mainland of Greece in the Aegean Sea. Santorini is quite possibly the most intriguing island of Greece; its name alone is enough to unfold in mind its stunning scenery and infinity swimming pools that hang over the cliff tops with unbeatable views looking out onto the Aegean Sea. The gorgeous island is a must have on your travel bucket list, it is the perfect setting for a romantic break and is an extremely popular wedding destination.
The island officially named Thira features stunning Red and Black sandy beaches due to its volcanic history, and despite its dry and harsh climate it has a flourishing wine industry. The island is said to produce the best wines in the Mediterranean, no machines are used in the wine making process! It is all harvested by hand and donkey. Wine making goes back thousands of years but the fact the industry exists in Santorini is a minor miracle, due to the hot temperatures it virtually never rains and the vines have to trap moisture in the baskets they grow in overnight. Trying a glass of Santorini’s “miracle” wine would not go a miss sat on a balcony eating sweet cherry tomatoes watching the sunset over the Aegean night after night, simply mesmerizing. After indulging in a few Greek delicacies such as olives, feta cheese or even octopus perhaps give the capital and main city of the island Fira a visit. Fira boasts some of the best shopping on the island, particularly if you’re on the lookout for jewellery, souvenirs or artwork. Another must see on the island is the village of Oia, here you’ll find the blue domed churches and the pretty white windmills seen on the picture perfect postcards. Oia stunningly beautiful and is the perfect photo opportunity. Catch a bus from Fira and spend the afternoon exploring the streets of Oia soaking up the culture and the views, or why not visit in the evening and enjoy a candle lit dinner on a terrace with your loved one and watch the village light up.
Along with visiting Oia and Fira, another highly recommended activity is getting out on the water; you can hire jet skis, boats, pedalo’s or even go snorkelling down at Perissa Beach, there is also a water park right on the water front! If you’re more into basking in the sun, the soft sand and the crystal clear blue waters are more than inviting along with plenty of bars and restaurants that offer takeaway services within walking distance of the beach, a day at Perissa is guaranteed to be a relaxing one. Santorini has an abundance of activities and sights to see to really make your holiday special, but what the gorgeous island is really known for is its fairy-tale wedding setting. All over the island there are venues that offer incredible wedding packages at fantastic prices. Many packages offer up wedding planners who arrange the location, registrar, right down to the photographer and reception venue. Santorini is sure to make your big day truly magical and unforgettable as you celebrate with your friends and family on a lantern lit terrace with astonishingly breath taking views of the sunset kissing the Aegean Sea in the distance.
Not only is It the perfect wedding destination, but there is also a huge selection of luxury hotels to choose from on the island that boast the best honeymoon packages and some of finest honeymoon suites with private balconies and Jacuzzi’s. The Hotel San Antonia is a personal favourite of mine, it oozes luxury, with its outstanding sea views and their luxuriously decorated rooms perfected down to the very last detail. The San Antonio’s trip advisor reviews and ratings certainly speak for themselves.
These are just a small handful of what this incredibly alluring and magnificent island has to offer, whether you are one for seeing the sights, enjoy diving into the culture and history of the island or if you’re after relaxation, indulgence and romance then Santorini has everything you could ever want in a holiday and more!
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