Question: Have you ever had wanderlust so crippling that you superimpose yourself on vacation-type visuals?
In light of recent events, Santorini was put in the spotlight under unfair circumstances. Also known as the supermodel of the Greek islands, the idyllic destination was but a tool for someone else’s Instagram fame, where its beauty exploited to serve as a likes-generating backdrop.
Dazzling paranomas, sprawling vineyards, historical sites, a sleeping volcano, and guaranteed sunsets every day, Santorini is truly a place brimming with all sorts of activities and sights that you have to visit, in the flesh. And if you score a brilliant photo during your vacation, it definitely deserves bragging rights on Instagram. At least you aren’t duping anyone!
1. Wander through the island’s villages
The gem of Santorini is home to several villages that are each unique in their own right. That being said, the villages still display a glamorous union from the aesthetic makeup of their Cycladic architectures: Cliff-side buildings made of odd-shaped stones, before deliberately whitewashed in complete harmony to block out the sun’s warmth. With a complementary base of pristine white, the Santorinian buildings are usually given splashes of vibrant colours, as displayed by Fira, the main town of Santorini. Visitors will find the village’s traditional houses sporting lovely Venetian elements such as arches, vaults and colourful stairs. Elsewhere, the village of Oia is known for its neoclassical mansions and charming churches that are accessed via narrow cobblestoned pathways. With the sleepy volcano as the backdrop, a self-guided tour through these gleaming villages is enough to get you acquainted with the Santorinian lifestyle. You just have to be to experience so.