Santorini Dreaming (Part 1/3): Emporio Village – Quiet Southern travels

Hey guys! If you’ve been following my Instagram @thelollychase, you’ll see I recently had the opportunity to explore Greece – namely Santorini and Athens! I bet Santorini is one location that’s on almost everyone’s bucket list, and this time, I got to cross it off my list – It really is as beautiful as everyone says!

By the way, did you know there are “two parts” to Santorini? There’s the famous cliff areas – where everyone aspires to travel to, but there’s another area to it as well, a quieter, village-y side, and I got to stay at them both! I won’t bore you with too much details, but I’ll regale you with pictures!

We started off in Emporio, at this lovely AirBnB cave house, and we met Anna, who was lovely as pie! She answered all my questions before we arrived, and even arranged for a Smart Car for us (highly recommended if you’d like to explore Santorini.). The road is narrow to Anna’s place, so go with a Smart Car/ATV/Scooter if you’re visiting!

If you’re planning to rent a vehicle, you’ll see many forum questions regarding ATVs vs Cars. We decided on a car because most ATVs don’t come with a roof, which means you’ll be exposed to the elements – be it hit or crazy cold sea winds! Also, the roads are pretty windy in Santorini, and ATVs aren’t exactly the easiest to navigate! But hey, people have had lots of fun in ATVs, so it all boils down to preference 🙂

Have you ever lived in a cave house?

Anna and Theo’s Cave House:

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Our neighbours upstairs (Anna’s adorable dogs!)
Beautifully decorated


Guides to Santorini
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Outdoor Patio
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Breakfast on the patio!
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The cutest steps up to the caves!
Spend time on the roof with a view of the entire village!

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The perfect little nook!

We’ve never stayed in a cave house below, and this was way too cute and cozy! Besides the cave house, you get a beautiful patio, and a rooftop space with a view, chairs, and a long bean bag sofa. It’s full of terrific spots to relax in after a day of sightseeing. It can get chilly at night – so bring a light jacket or shawl.

Oh, and upon arrival, she very kindly provided us with a basket of locally-grown produce  and a handy guide to activities, restaurants etc in Santorini! Food is always appreciated after a long flight.

Anna’s place was a wonderful, quiet start to our trip. No crowds, beautiful, cute villages and friendly people, a stark contrast to the overcrowded towns of Oia and Fira. Plus, we had so much fun walking around the neighbourhood. Being an urban girl, I truly appreciated all the pretty little alleys and walkways here, and enjoyed saying hello to everyone who walked past – such a nice feeling!

This was one of our favourite airbnbs, and at such affordable rates, it’s an ideal place to start your exploration, and leave the exorbitant villas towards the end of your stay, when all you’d want to do is lay in the villa all day. Anna & Theo’s got a few to choose from, and even accomodation in Athens, so check them out!

By the way, there are also tons of photo opportunities in the little villages as you’ll see below!

Around the neighbourhood:

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Wearing TwoBakedBuns custom hat & ata bag!


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Say Meow!


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Wearing TwoBakedBuns Hat + Bag and Olive Ankara Dress


We really liked their doors!


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Camouflaged Donkey
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Our first taste of authentic Greek cuisine
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Our trusty Smart Car *beep beep*!

Renting a car was great because it got us everywhere without having to wait for the bus. During our time staying at the south, we wandered around the area and did most of the sightseeing (visiting the Red Sand Beach; which we didn’t get photos of because we left our camera at home but do go!) They’ve got lovely sunsets in the area too, including a hiking trail behind Anna’s place. It’s a lovely walk.

And if you’re a foodie like me, two notable restaurants to dine towards the Southern part of Santorini (dinner reservations recommended!):

#1) Metaxy Mas (voted best restaurant in Santorini)

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Filo – Pastry, Honey, Sesame and cheese, lots of it. To die for!

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Baked Asparagus in White Cheese, a MUST-HAVE!
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Tender lamb


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The prettiest cat waiting for scraps

#2) To Psaraki (Top fresh seafood restaurant in Santorini)

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Swordfish Kebab and the best fries in Santorini

All in all, we very much enjoyed our few days in the South, and even managed to drive up to Oia for a day to experience the famous white-and-blue of Santorini, which you may see and read all about it for yourself next →

PS. All photos featured are taken with the Nikon D7500!

17 thoughts on “Santorini Dreaming (Part 1/3): Emporio Village – Quiet Southern travels

  1. That looks so beautiful! It seems like such an incredible adventure. I’m glad to hear that you are enjoying your trip. I’ve always wanted to go to Santorini, and this makes me want to go even more! The food looks delicious, and I love the architecture style.

    ~xo Sheree


  2. So similar, yet so different. As you know I was in Mykonos like a week before you went to Santorini and I truly do regret not spending a few days on Santorini as well so I could check it off my list of places to see. Guess I’ll just have to go back, haha. Staying in a cave house sounds really exciting and thankfully for my fear of driving on those narrow roads, some new acquaintances at my hotel had rental car and they took me basically everywhere, otherwise I’d probably be in a canyon somewhere, haha. Can’t wait to see the remaining parts of your trip!
    Thomas xx


  3. This blog post is amazing! I love reading and learning about other cities and places to visit. And your photos are AMAZING – that blue sky just pops right out of the page! Thank you for sharing and allowing me to travel vicariously through you! xxx


  4. All I can say is wow, wow, wow! What an amazing looking trip, I’d never really thought of Greece as a holiday destination but you have totally changed my mind, it just looks so stunning!


  5. Oh my that is my fave holiday destination.. SantorinI is the most beautiful and instagrammable place on the planet if you ask me. And the food…. literally getting hungry right now… when thinking about it. It looks like u had a stunning vacation babe.


  6. Oh my goodness !! I have no idea how I ended up reading part 2 first but now that I read part 1 I simply can not wait to plan an adventure to Santorini! And this hat is so awesome too! I never even heard of a cave house and I really loved seeing and reading about it! The dress you are wearing is beyond gorgeous!


  7. I have actually never spent time in a cave before, but it certainly looks fun! I have got to try that baked asparagus in white cheese. I can’t wait to visit Santorini one day!


  8. I’m so so so jealous of your trip, I’m just dying to visit Santorini. It looks so stunningly beautiful! I loved your post, it felt like I was right there with you. If only I could have jumped into the photos and actually joined you!


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