We’re back!! We just returned to O’ahu after traveling through Greece – Thira, Naxos, Mykonos, and Athens, and then went on to Sardinia, Italy, where we rented a little Fiat and road tripped around the North East side of the island. We had the time of our lives, as anticipated, and I have so many photos to share.
I will start with Thira, because that’s where we began our trip after many, many hours of travel from Hawaii. It took us 29 hours to get there – three flights from Hawaii to Thira and two airport layovers, then a taxi from the airport to the hotel in Imerovigli, where we stayed for three nights and recovered in this beautiful, relaxing town.
I loved every.single.thing about Imerovigli. The people were some of the nicest I’ve ever met. The food was fantastic (of course), the views were out of this world, and it was so relaxing and quiet – it was just what we needed.
At an attempt to keep this short and sweet – here are my top 3 favorite things about Imerovigli and why I think you should stay here instead of Oia!
- The quiet. Santorini has become such a major tourist destination that people come from all over the world to experience it, especially in the warm summer months. Imerovigli was a rare gem tucked away from most of these people. There was a calming, dream-like quietness to this area that I can’t really explain. The best way I can describe it is that it felt like we were floating above the city in a quiet little bubble, just for us.
If you’re looking for a honeymoon spot, this is the absolute perfect place. Our hotel, the Santorini Princess, was wonderful. The people there made us feel like family, the rooms were clean and comfortable with gorgeous views, and the breakfast buffet was delicious, with again, a killer view. I would stay there again in a heartbeat.
- The views. The views. The views. The views. Imerovigli has some of the most stunning views I’ve ever seen. The panoramic stretch of the Caldera surrounded by deep blue waters looked like a painting, separated from the busyness of the island. Everyone says to go to Oia for sunset, but I completely disagree. Yes, it’s beautiful there too, but instead of looking over people’s heads to see the sun go down, we had an entire rooftop to ourselves with unobstructed views – just the warm yellow hue of the sun setting over the Caldera. The shape of the island makes it easy to see both the sun rising and setting from the same area of town.
- The hiking. Is it hiking or walking? I’m not sure. Either way..this was my favorite part of the trip! We woke up early every morning to catch the sunrise and go for a run or a walk. In my opinion, the sunrise is the real winner here. It was so bright and clear with absolutely nothing between us and the bright red sun coming up over the water.
Some days we even saw the sun rising as the moon was still bright and glowing.
One morning we headed toward Skaros Rock and climbed the steep steps to this gorgeous spot. If you stay here, this is an absolute must! Plus it’s a pretty great workout with all those stairs! Another day we hiked toward Oia, stopping at churches and hill tops along the way. You can hike the entire trail to Oia but we opted to do half of the trip when we were staying in Imerovigli and half when we were staying in Oia, eventually covering the entire route.
So, if you want to get away from the crowds, enjoy the views, walk, hike and relax in the absolute bliss of the Greek islands, this is a great place to do it. And if you go…please take me with you.