I've been wanting to go to Santorini for as long as I can remember and FINALLY we made it happen. It was gorgeous. Beyond. The food. The architecture. The hotel. The ocean... everything.
We stayed in Oia the entire time but had we stayed for longer I would have dragged Thomas on the 4+ hour hike over to the main town on the island. Below you'll find the stand out places that you can't miss! If it's not already on your bucket list, put it on there and get excited!
Andronis Hotels! There are a handful of Andronis properties on Santorini and they are all incredible. You can't go wrong with any of them. I mean, just look at this breakfast spread and view from our room. Each hotel is a small boutique hotel with the most incredible service and perfect locations. Each property is a hop skip and a jump into town and they all have their own pools where you can hide out during the day and avoid all the touristy crowds.
Lolita's Gelato - the perfect place to grab a sweet snack at the end of the night! (or the middle of the day. or for a late breakfast) The flavors rotate frequently and you can get as many samples as you want. We went multiple times and each one was better than the last.
Sunset Taverna is one of the many restaurants down at Amoudi Bay in Santorini. It's HIKE to get down there (and back up to the town center) but think of it as a way to work off all the calories you're about to consume. You'll notice the octopus hanging out to dry the second you walk in and that's basically the best sign you could ask for. Sun dried octopus is a speciality and I loved every single bite. If you're making the hike down to Amoudi Bay, make sure you bring your suit and a towel so you can scale the rocks on the side of the bay and go jump in the ocean before or after lunch!
Ammoudi Fish Tavern is another restaurant down on the Bay that cannot be missed. More octopus please!
Pito Gyros - Thomas and I love all sorts of restaurants, but our true favorites are the super casual hole in the wall places where you don't have to get dressed up and Pito Gyros is exactly that. Super casual souvlaki pitas with ALL the tzatziki and greek salads. Literally my favorite savory bite while in Santorini!
Meletini - so let's go polar opposite of casual souvlaki stuffed pitas and go to Meletini! Super chic tapas style Greek food with a gorgeous rooftop deck. Book ahead, it's hard to get a reservation.
Catch Bar - if you're looking for somewhere to grab a drink and a quick bite before dinner while watching the sunset, go to the rooftop Catch Bar! Get an Aperol Sprtiz or 4 and hang out above the crowds and watch the sunset.
A few other tips and tricks...
If you want to go watch the sunset walk to the end of the path at the top of Oia a few hours before the sun is due to set and post up. Bring a bottle of wine and some snacks and just chill because it's about to get CROWDED. But just wait it out, it's worth it.
It's HOT in Santorini in the summer so here's my rec. Wake up early, toodle around town from 6am - 9am and grab breakfast at a little cafe. By 9/10am head back to your hotel and post up at the pool. Or head down to the Bay and go swim in the ocean. Oia gets very touristy in the middle of the day and the crowds can be kinda crazy. Then head back out later in the afternoon and get a drink / watch the sunset and grab dinner! It's the perfect romantic getaway and I cannot wait to get back.