There is no place quite like the Mediterranean.
What’s so special about it? The cliff sides that occupy the multitudes of islands only inhabited by a few goats and donkeys. The Tuscan sun that scorches men and animals alike. The clear blue water that may hide lost wonders beneath its glistening surface. With history around every corner, gems from the Greeks and Romans to the Byzantines and Italians, only a sprinkle of imagination is required to be transported back in time and witness gladiators fighting in the Colosseum’s arena or foreign soldiers landing on Grecian beaches before scaling the rocky hills.
It had been over a decade since I was in southern Europe, and I was excited to be back. First up in my travels was Santorini, Greece.
For everyone unfamiliar with Santorini, it is a small island southeast of the Greek mainland in the Aegean Sea, part of the Cyclades islands. The most famous city in Santorini is Oia (pronounced ee-aa), but other popular ones are Fira and Pyrgos. I spent a little while in each city, but Oia is BY FAR my favorite city on the island.
Oia is entirely pedestrian, every road and corner picturesque in every sense. The clean pavement, blue domes, and pastel and white colored houses are every Instagrammer’s heaven on Earth. Lots of shops and restaurants line the streets, selling clothes and handmade artisan goods. There were so many beautiful paintings of Oia, I just wanted them all! Instead I got only one, a pretty picture of the sunset over the Santorini cliffs on a canvas scroll. It’ll, fingers-crossed, find a place in my dorm room in August.
A very notable place to stop at in Oia is Lolita’s Gelato! Just be prepared to wait in line because everyone else loves this place too.
Finally, the sunset in Santorini was priceless and spectacular. The oranges and pinks are so vibrant and have a beautiful contrast against the the staggered houses on the cliffs of the island. In Oia, people line up hours before hand to have the best spot to view the famous sunset. I favored to see the sunset in Thira, away from the crowds but equally as beautiful.
I can’t wait to share with you the rest of my travels! Stay tuned…