Well where do I start, I just came back from a 4 day trip from the most picturesque island in Greece, I think you know where I’m on about. (If you didn’t gather it from the title) I’m of course talking about the most magical destination, Santorini.
I want to break some myths with this destination. My blog is about making these trips become a reality in a realistic way. I’m 24 years old and by no means do I make a lot of money. This post is to give you an overview and some ways you can visit this idyllic island without taking out a mortgage for it!
The first thing is to figure out how to get there so let’s start there shall we.
Disclaimer alert🚨 if you want to travel cheap you have to go an awkward route most of the time.
From Ireland I flew to Athens with Ryanair for a 4hr flight. Then I had a 3hr layover for a 50minute flight with Sky Express. (This took a total of 7hrs important to note for choosing how long to stay for). If your from the UK, EasyJet do a direct flight to Santorini which takes 4hrs so that is another option. In total I paid around €200 for my flights.
This is the most important aspect in my opinion I feel like it could make or break your stay on Santorini. My top tip which seems obvious but I’m gunna say it anyways is do your research! Don’t be fooled by the gram and Pinterest. From my research I found that a small town called Imervogili had the exact same view as the infamous town Oia ( the one with the white and blue church domes). You are getting the same beautiful caldera view for half the price and footfall of people!
I chose to stay in the incredible Pegasus Suites & Spa. It was just a dream, I found a great deal on their website for a suite with a private jacuzzi on the balcony. Well I couldn’t say no to that let’s be honest. The price of my stay was roughly €1000 which would be divided between two people. Now I know it’s pricey but if your searches places in Santorini this was a steal in comparison for what you were getting.
Transport on this island can be funny because you have clusters of towns which is perfectly fine to walk around to shops, restaurants the lot. However, there is also about 20mins distance on dirt roads or cliff side windy roads which is non walkable. There is 30 taxis available on the island which is a flat rate of €25 Euro no matter where you are going or how long you are in the car for. I personally recommend two options for transport. Firstly the public bus there is a great option. The bus is a coach style comes every 30 mins costing €1.80 per person. The second option is to rent a quad or smart car. The bus option is great but you find yourself wasting valuable time when you could be exploring yourself.
We rented a buggie for the day costing us around €60 for the day. I think you could negotiate for less but to us this buggie looked like a lot of fun. The renting option gives you more freedom to visit those hard to reach places. We rented from Jimmys rental in Imervoligi. I need to also mention the obvious and sound like an absolute mam but the island has no traffic lights and not great street lighting in general. Please take huge amount of caution as unfortunately many accidents and more serious incidents happen here due to bike rentals.
Food and drink
This is the aspect of the holiday I feel like you could drop big money unintentionally. One restuarant is around 10-15€ for a meal the next one is €400 for a bottle of wine. Rules for this: ask for a menu before sitting down, if no prices are on it then you can pretty much assume that they don’t want you to know for a reason… expensive! Most hotels on the island include breakfast in your stay avail of that for a start. Second don’t drink alcohol in restaurants it’s extortionate. If you have a hotel with a nice view enjoy the sunset from your balcony, buy some beverages and avoid the crowds.
Some of the tours are crazy money especially the boat tours. I feel like you could visit them by road. However, if it’s a special occasion and you want to splurge the options do look incredible. I would recommend the dinner sunset cruise to get the most bang for your buck.
I’ve included some pictures but I’ve posted a lot on my Instagram in a highlight reel so you have Visit there for more real time.
I hope this helps to break some myths about the island. If anyone is thinking of going and want to ask any questions comment them below and I’ll get back to you 🙂 Alternatively, if any of you have visited this scenic island comment your best tip below 👌
Till next time