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:
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:
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)
#2) To Psaraki (Top fresh seafood restaurant 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!