There aren’t many places in the world that take your breath away as soon as you reach your destination, but Santorini is definitely one of them. You will see the awe on the multi-colored rocks which are beautifully located for tourists to see the views of the wonderful Caldera. Whether it’s for your romantic honeymoon, or just a week away with friends or family in the rising sun, coming every year is a huge temptation for millions of tourists. However, no place in the world is perfect, and before visiting Santorini, it is best to warn about their main drawbacks as well, which can scare some people. Here are 5 best things and 5 worst things about Santorini.
5 Best Things of Centauri
1. Beautiful views
It goes without saying, that the views you will see are very breathtaking at most points on the island. If you live in places like Oia, Imerovigli, Fira or Firostefani, you just have to turn your head to one side, and you will look at the caldera views. Not just a few places to witness the spectacular view, it is at every point of your journey. Just a walk through these villages will be a specialty of your trip, and that’s even before you think of catching a sunset at Oia, or hiking on Oia or Scars Rock. Obviously, those three things are definitely worth doing, because you’ll find yourself taking a picture, picture after picture, picture after picture. Not just for a walk, but if you have enough funds, you can stay in a hotel that has these views from your bedroom, balcony or hotel swimming pool – and people think about this when they come to Santorini. When it comes to beautiful views, it really has an infamous reputation around the world, and rightly so.
2. Excellent hotels and restaurants
This type comes into play with the beautiful views mentioned earlier, but many hotels and restaurants are on the edge of the cliff and it makes your holiday the stuff of dreams. The service for the restaurant, the quality of the food, the views are all flawless. Lots of variety on the type of food to eat, whether it be Greek food or international. Also, whether you’re an avid lover of seafood, meat or even vegetarianism, Santorini has you covered. Speaking of hotels, what strikes me most as a guest in a hotel is that you feel like you are staying in any room of the hotel, you are in solitude with an unrealistic view. Unlike the time you spend outside your hotel room, but it’s just you and the view. There are no obstacles. You don’t tend to see many other people, and the island doesn’t feel more crowded when you’re at your hotel, as they can usually accommodate fewer people. Let’s not forget that you also have the luxury of a swimming pool during your stay – it’s usually never captured.
While many people like to stay in their hotel and soak in the pool all day, for most people, including me, it can be boring after a few days. If you want to explore and explore, there are many things to do in a small island. As mentioned earlier, if you like hiking, then a long hike from Scarros Rock (in Imerovigli) or Imerovigli to Oia is quite appropriate. Please note that hikes are about 2.5 hours long, and it’s best to avoid doing this during most sunlight hours or you’ll just get tired – from experience. Other day trips include boat trips near the volcano and opportunities to swim in the hot springs. There are also a lot of wineries on the island, so wine tasting is a great break from all the wines … I mean the cocktail you drink while eating on the island. There are many places to see on the whole island, including Ammaudi Bay and Castle to the south of the island, the Monastery of the Prophet Elias and the Akrotiri Greek relics to the south of the island. Plenty to do, and everything is nearby.
The blue sky and sunlight are almost part of the furniture in Santorini. It is an island with a warm climate all year round, and can be quite cold during the winter months of December and January. However, for the rest of the year, it is just the right weather for tourists. Throughout the summer months the clouds are almost non-existent and no rain is even heard. It usually never gets too hot when you’re there (33+ for example), as it’s the right temperature for swimming in your pool during the day and walking in the evening.
While there are many places to rent a car, it’s not the perfect holiday for everyone when they have to worry about driving on the wrong side of the road on short winding roads with other impatient Greek drivers – so thankfully the buses are tremendous on the island. The main bus station is in Fira, and it can take you anywhere on the island. Buses between the four hot sports, airport, sea port come regularly and are easy to operate. Also, a nice touch, which is not just Santorini, is that the bus has two staff, one to drive you and the other to take your money. There is no problem getting in or out of the bus and it is relatively straight forward. Also, since the island is very small, don’t expect to be on a bus for more than 45 minutes wherever you want to travel. Nice and easy hassle-free travel to the island without worrying about renting a car. That said, transportation is not necessary for all destinations, as it is ideal for walking between cities and villages, depending on where you live.
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Santorini’s Top 5 Worst Things
There is an ugly side to being so beautiful, and the island is its prey. As I mentioned in Pro, the beauty of Santorini has a reputation that can only be competed by some of the other destinations on this planet, but this brings tourists from all over the world, and given the size of the island – it quickly fills up! Every year, it’s getting worse, and there are too many for the size of the island. Airport (I’ll come to it later), view hotspots, sunset in Oia, tours, buses, bars, castle. Just everything. Too many people, and its overcrowding can be claustrophobic. Everyone will love a secluded romantic holiday, and except for the time in your hotel room, you won’t find that experience here. Oia, arguably the best view with Ammaudi Bay, Castle and Sunset, is always crowded and walking the small beautiful streets with shops is just a nightmare, and taking pictures in any part of this Oia will be interrupted. By many.
Well, you can’t expect to go to one of the hotspots in the world and pay a few dollars, but Santorini is pretty expensive. You will get better bang for your money in other islands of Greece like Paros, Nexus or even Mykonos. That’s why I think it’s an ideal place for celebrities like footballers and models to go on their travels, but for our regulars, it’s a lot of money! Staying in a hotel with any kind of proper view will cost you an arm and a leg, and a hotel that does not have a view will also severely damage your bank balance. The point of staying on the island is that staying in one of the four town / village hotspots is also a privilege to have a room for the most basic hotel or villa of any type not to be seen at less than £ 100 per night. Same for restaurants, and don’t get me started on alcoholic beverages. 12- £ 20 cocktail in one pop !? No, not for me. I realized, it’s a beautiful view of the island, but there’s a line and you just crossed it. If you want to find cheap food and cheap bars, except for a few fast food spaces in Fira Square, they basically don’t exist.
3. Lack of good beaches
I am not saying that I visited Santorini in anticipation of the beaches featured on many other islands in Greece like the beaches of Mexico or Thailand. However, this island has no good beaches and that is a fact. For many, the beaches are a huge attraction for those visiting the destination and especially for the island. Santori has a ‘red beach’, which is not only enjoyable but also dangerous for visitors. Visually it feels good once you’re there, which is a challenge in itself, but if you don’t want to slip down from the rocks, you can swim in water that isn’t clear and the whole area is uncomfortable. That said, it won’t stop people coming, and it’s still crowded! Apart from this beach, Santorini has literally nothing else in terms of beaches, so if that’s your thing, you might want to think again.
The worst airport in the world. Well, maybe an exaggeration, but in the research for this article, I am not surprised by the number of articles mentioned in ‘The Worst Airports in the World’ and the personal reviews that talk about their time at Santorini Airport. Well, you may only have a few hours to get out of it, or you won’t see it at all if you’re lucky enough. However, your time will be the most uncomfortable two hours of your life. After waiting an hour to check your bag you pass through the security then you are packed like a sardine. There is also no place to sit, walk, walk and breathe. It was a terrifying experience and it was not a one-time affair. Luckily, if you go through all the people, there is one upstairs with some seats and you may be lucky enough to find one while waiting for your flight.
5. Donkeys on the old harbor
Not just my personal indifference, but I hate when animals are exploited all their lives for lazy rich tourists. There are 300 steps to go up and down to visit the Old Port and Ammaudi Bay, and while the average person will have to climb up and collect sweat, some believe it is necessary to pay by sitting on the back of a donkey. 5 euros for that privilege. Horses are visually unhappy, and as you can imagine, walking up and down 300 steps all day, no time to relax, no shade to protect yourself. Day after day. People may question this inclusion in the worst things about Santorini, but I need to mention it. This kind of attraction is old, and hopefully people won’t pay for this!
Still want to book Santorini? Well, I don’t blame you. Everyone has their own preferences, and I can’t deny anyone wanting to visit these beautiful islands, but every beautiful face has an ugly side.
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