#Wanderlust: Patrizia Pepe loves Santorini

Santorini is without a doubt one of the most enchanting islands in the Mediterranean. Its beauty and uniqueness is without comparison, with places such as Oia, Fira e Imerovigli – traditional island gems whose characteristic architecture sets them amongst some of the most photographed villages in the world.

Houses, hotels and restaurants – white, with blue details – stand perched upon majestic black clifftops; a dramatic colour contrast. Watching the sunset here is an unforgettable experience for all who come to visit.

Visitors should allow 3 – 4 days to visit this lovely island. For something a bit different, why not explore via quad?

When it comes to finding somewhere to stay, the possibilities are endless, with options for every budget. Fira is a particularly good option, as it’s a useful base from which to reach all other parts of the island.

Top tip: the Caldera Collection hotels, offering breathtaking views of the volcano or the sea.

Oia is the most famous place, with its blue and white domes, colourful alleyways and houses overlooking the caldera. The main street is packed with boutiques, jewellery and souvenir shops, but step off into a side street and enter another world: unspoiled architectural gems and houses dug into the rock, occupied by fishermen in days gone by.

Absolute must: Lotza since 1982, a small local inn with views over the caldera.

Another unmissable spot is Amoudi Bay. Nestled between imposing cliffs, this sensational red sand beach can be easily reached on foot from Oia. The bay is home to a range of taverns and restaurants, where you can eat a good meal and enjoy the sunset whilst dipping your feet in the water!

Absolute must: Sunset Amoudi a traditional tavern where you can eat freshly caught fish right next to the sea!

You’ll find a complete change of scenery in Perissa: 8 kilometres of black sand beach, restaurants and souvenir shops.

Absolute must: Tranquilo, the perfect bar for travellers, where typical Greek cuisine is fused with ingredients from all over the world!

Of course, one of the most beloved parts of a trip to Santorini is watching the sunset. Magical, vibrant and totally romantic!

Don’t miss Santo Wines, where you can try the famous Santorini wine with a gorgeous view. Be sure to time your visit with the sunset!

Then there’s Fira: the capital of Santorini, as well as the island’s top tourist destination. Bustling for all hours of the day and night, teeming with shops, restaurants and bars: Fira is the place to be.

A few hours walking through the streets of Santorini will show you that this island even has its own ‘dress code’: white linen dresses with broderie anglaise, denim shorts and sandals. These items are combined with natural, tousled hair; of course, the Meltemi wind is a constant companion here!

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