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greggd12

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One of the most common things I've heard about Santorini is that it is great for sightseeing and walking around but it is not that great for beaches and swimming. I've heard that the beaches are also hard to get to and are usually at the bottom of a cliff...that being said, does it make sense to get a beachfront hotel in Santorini? Is it true that the beaches aren't that great? Im wondering how much of my time I will actually spend at the beach. Looking forward to replies...thanks!
 
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Deborah

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Unless you’re looking for beach-focused-only vacation, my answer would be no. The most unique features of Santorini are the topography, view, and archeological digs. The beaches offer the same exquisite water, but are quite varied from red/black sand, pebbles, to jumping off the rocks. I would opt for accommodation on the Caldera either in Fira or Oia. That way you would always have the view and quick access to the Fira - Oia cliffside walk which is particularly spectacular in the early morning as mist rises from the Caldera or at sunset. Many cliffside hotels offer either a private/semi-private pool - but if too expensive for what you want to spend - I would recommend an in-town hotel like the
Aressana Spa Hotel which offers a swimming pool and quick access to the town, nightlife, and caldera view. Day trips to the villages, digs, Therasia and beaches are quite easy.
 
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k_tsoukalas

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I agree with Deborah... the beachfront hotels tend to feel kind of isolating. I would consider getting a cliffside hotel with a pool - it's the best of both worlds. If you want a beach vacation, I am not sure Santorini is the best island for you. Maybe Mykonos or even Crete in that case?
 

There are no Taxis in Santorini!

I love Santorini and this is my 4th time visiting the island. My advice is rent a car. Even with driving being tough with the thousands of tourists packed everywhere on mopeds, motorcycles, tiny cars, it is so much better than trying to find a taxi.

Today, I spend 3 hours to get a taxi to take me 4 miles...just too hot and dangerous to walk.

I had to go store to store ans ask after I finallu wapked into a supermarket, the owner called his friend that owns a transfer service, pay cash to get a ride. No uber, taxis or any app or service anywhere.

Please share your tips if you have any, about how to find a taxi in Santorini?

Yes, Santorini is as beautiful as they say

Today was my first day in Santorini and I must say I was astounded. I was worried that there was a lot of hype around the island, and that it might not be as nice as they say but I was wrong. It’s absolutely stunning. I believe that everyone should try and go in their lifetime.

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Stunning Santorini wedding at Le Ciel Santorini

Santorini has become one of the most popular destinations for weddings for so many years now. This wedding is absolutely stunning and the view is what makes it! Le Ciel Santorini is one of the most luxurious hotels on the island, and is located in the northern part (not too far from Oia). It is a common destination for weddings and I highly recommend it for anyone who is interested in getting married in Greece.

These are the top two foods to try in Santorini!

Santorini has some of the best sunsets, but also some of the best food! The island has so many fantastic restaurants, many of which are taking a modern twist on traditional Greek cuisine. Two of the must try foods that are local dishes in Santorini are domatokeftedes (tomato fritters) and fava. Here are pictures of both dishes!


The best restaurants in Santorini

Santorini has some of the best Greek cuisine! Ever since the tourism industry has been booming, chefs from all over the world have been visiting, opening up restaurants, and collaborating with Greek shifts. In my opinion, this is the island where you can get the most diverse and elevated cuisine. These are the best restaurants in my opinion, but please let me know your top pics. I would love to know.

- Ouzeri
-Almira
-Ambrosia
-FalafeLand (vegan)

These are just a handful that I can remember off the top of my head!
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