Santorini, also known as Thira, is definately one of the most beautiful places in the entire world. With its famous white houses and blue domes, Santorini, was the right place to be on my birthday.
Ciao Athina, making my way to Santorini!
Arrived at Santorini airport half an hour later, there was only ONE belt inside the entire airport. That explains how tiny the airport is. Awaiting for our luggage that we paid 50 euros for 2 checked in bags cuz we overlook when we booked the tickets. Such a bummer.
Mr A and I didn’t wanna take the risk to find out how to get to our hotel by ourselves, lugging our heavy luggages, so we booked a private car directly to our hotel from the airport. Santorini has no street signs nor signboards to direct you to your hotel, 30 euros was worth it. So happy that I have a greek man standing with my name written awaiting for me and Mr A’s arrival. 🙂
Welcome to our home for the next 4 days here in Santorini, Caldera Villas is so perfect!
The room was small yet cosy, just like how I wanted to stay in a little cave house in Santorini.
Book this villa here: Caldera Villas, Santorini
I really feel like I was in heaven!
Oia Santorini is the most hype or I would say ‘it’ place to be in Santorini. We started our lovely afternoon here in Oia itself, walking along the shop houses and just soaking in the atmosphere.
Took a breather at the Ag. Georgios church, which was located at the peak of Oia.
The view of the caldera was really amazing, so is the endless royal blue aegean sea.
Mr A. reminding all of you to wear your sunnies out here in Sunny Oia!
Those little souvenoirs starts from 3.60 – 8.95 euros and the plates are usually 10 – 15 euros. Great gifts for your homes and loved ones back home!
This is Central Square, with the famous Panagia Platsani behind us, is where people meet up and you can see street entertainers once in awhile. This is also a landmark to note if you wanna take the public buses at Oia bus terminal to other parts of Santorini.
Got a quick glimpse of Stavros while walking through the shop houses.
The famous blue dome church in Oia, Ag. Nikolaos Church. Everyone wants a picture with the famous church, therefore photobombers are bound to be in your photos (points above) but you’ve gotta make the best of it.
We got real hungry…
Not bad for a humble restaurant with a decent price with amazing view of the caldera.
My fav Frutti De Mare, Seafood Spagetthi and Beef Bolognese which was less than 20euros for the bill. *thumbs up for the delicious pastas.
You can never go wrong walking in Oia, right at the very end you will meet Oia’s Castle, it is one of the best places to sit down and chillax and watch the sunset. However, with the great reviews, you can literally find every person in Santorini here at the Oia’s Castle so make sure you make your way down early enough to get some space for your fantastic view of the sunset.
At the foot of Oia, dug into the red volcanic rock and beside the crystal clear waters of St Nikolas Peramataris, lies the cinematic backdrop of Ammoudi. I will guide you through when we head down 214 steps to reach Ammoudi Bay. For now….
Fell deeply in love with Oia, this place is so so so romantic! Oia’s castle is one of the best spots, definately the most famous, to enjoy the magic of the sunset!
Amongst the busy crowd, we managed to find a tiny spot for us to sit and enjoy the aegean sea and sunset.
Yes, this is our version how we lepak (chill) overseas.
I made my birthday wish right here at Oia’s Castle as it was already midnight (GMT+8) in Singapore, beautiful way to start my new age. Feel so blessed!
The first day here was already so amazingly romantic, although I wish to sit here every other evening just looking in awwwwwwwwwhhh, but I know we’ve got plans to complete the whole Santorini island by the time we leave. Gonna miss this scenery so so much.
If you’re looking for an adventure, you can opt for the sunset tours by sea, book it on the island itself. You see those little ships down there at the sea? That’s how close you can get to the sunset.
I have no words to describe how beautiful this whole place just lid up during sunset in Oia.
Mr A and I finally got some time off to spend quality time with each other, with our busy work schedule and me flying off to different parts of the world every other day, it was difficult for us to even meet and have a good decent outing. Thank you for taking your unpaid leave to spend my birthday here in Greece with me. You have no idea how blessed I am to have you right here by my side.
Candid shot taken by a couple from China, they were both wearing their wedding gowns and suit and having their very own photoshoot, without the help of a photographer. Well, apparently there are not the only ones doing that on this island, I’ve seen so many couples dressed up and doing their own photoshoot session either by their friends or family. Oh wells, it is a great idea with the modern society being so open and not being shy anymore and with the amount of people taking selfies, why not have your own D.I.Y wedding shoot right?
Some of the beautiful restaurants along Oia’s Castle you can dine in at while watching the sunset.
I just can’t stand how cute these pieces are! Sooooooo friggin pretty!!!
Santorini, by night.
If you’re heading to Oia’s Castle during sunset, then be prepared to be squeezed after sunset, I am guessing most of the people from different parts of Santorini, are actually here in Oia itself. We were lucky our villa is here in Oia, imagine how packed the bus will be and the long hours of waiting! I do however suggest, if you do not stay in Oia, you should grab your dinner here as they have lots of pretty restaurants around for you to relax until the crowd subside.
This was our entrance to our hotel, 100 steps down, according to the bell boy who helped us with our luggages, he actually managed to carry my hugeass cargo on his shoulder and walked down the steps!! I was amazed by his masculin arms! For those of you interested you can visit Floga Restaurant, Skiza Cafe and Petros Restaurant just to name a few restaurants near Caldera Villas.
If you wanna take a shot from the bottom, be sure that you’re at the main steps, cuz most of the steps belongs to villas and resorts and only residents living there could excess the area. But of course, you can take the risk of taking some awesome snapshots before getting caught by the hotel personnel 😛
I had an early night cuz I was so shagged by the time we reached our villa, my baby stayed awake to make arrangements with the villa and decided to surprise me at midnight! :’)
I know, I look like as if I was still sleeping, but I struggled to make a wish because there’s only a certain number of times you can get to blow a candle in your life, what more in Santorini. At first I couldn’t wake up according to Mr A, but then I smelled something burning near me and got scared! Thank you Caldera Villas and of course my charming for doing this for me. A red wine was also given on the house, how sweet of them.
Click here for Day Two of Santorini as we explored the other parts of Santorini!