So, these are the photos you’ve probably been expecting from Santorini, right? From our hotel, we rented ATVs and made the 20 minute drive to the most northern town in Santorini: Oia (pronounced ‘Ee-uh’). Upon arriving, we parked our ATVs and walked around this tiny town.
The most shocking part about Oia (and Santorini as a whole) is that there are only about TWO buildings that are white with the blue painted roofs! Every photo I saw of Santorini leading up to the trip was a scene of white buildings with blue tops…which is so misleading! In the photos below, you’ll see the ONLY couple buildings that look like this.
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This day trip was one of the highlights of our time in Greece. One of the most recommended things to do in Santorini is rent ATVs to explore the island, so we grabbed a few and took off! A full day’s rental is about $45 and you’re able to take them anywhere you like. Since we were staying in the middle of the island, it was only a 20 minute ATV ride to Oia. The road int town winds along the coastline and is absolutely gorgeous! While I was on the back while Joe drove, there were plenty of men and women who took solo ATVs to explore.
So what’s there to do in Oia? Simply put…just wander! This cute little town is nestled on the cliffside forming cute, wandering streets lined with shops and restaurants. We strolled along the streets, popping our heads in and out of shops, and found a cute restaurant to grab lunch. As I mentioned in my last post (found here), almost everything revolves around the sunset; people flock to the cliffside to catch the sun dipping below the water. If you can plan ahead enough, I would recommend finding a restaurant with a view so you can dine and watch at the same time.
As this is a major honeymoon destination, the island is definitely set up for a romantic experience. Oia specifically is very small, and we walked the town in less than 30 minutes. Since the scenery is the main attraction, there’s not too much to do here besides lounge at your hotel, explore the shops, and go out to eat. If you’re looking for a little more action, this may not be the place for you! Joe and I spent a total of about 4 hours in Oia, and we felt like that was plenty of time. This town is incredibly charming, but definitely slow paced and a destination for those who want to relax.
Even though we only took the ATVs to Oia, you’re able to drive them all around the island. A popular area to visit is the southern part of the island, where a couple beaches sit. You could pack some snacks and wine, and hop on your ATV for a beach day! Another popular activity is taking a boat tour of Santorini; for about $150 per person, you can spend the day boating around the island, stopping off at all the major beaches and swimming in the sea. We didn’t have time to do this, but it sounded wonderful,
I took our GoPro on our ATV ride, so take a peak at the video of us entering Santorini…
If you have any specific questions about Santorini (or Greece in general), regarding where we stayed, what we did, gifts we brought back, etc., feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll be happy to answer any questions!