Friday, May 13, 2022

Santorini, Greece 2.0

I was so excited to go back to Santorini and stay in Oia! While studying abroad I visited Santorini for a weekend and stayed outside of town. I went back to a lot of the same spots, but my study abroad Santorini trip can be found here!
One of my favorite days was when we took a private catamaran around the island. It was stunning to see the crystal clear water and how small the cities looked from down below. The captain made us a big lunch that we enjoyed onboard!
The best views for a picture are when you walk to see the review of the Three Blue Domes. It was so clear and stunning while we were in Santorini that it felt & looked like a dream! This little path is right off the beaten path, but a bit hidden so I always recommend using this guide to find it. 
One of my favorite hidden gems is this little gyro place that's right off the main part of Oia. It is so delicious, the people are so nice and it is perfect for a casual lunch! They have limited seating so sometimes you have to take it to-go, but a gyro is very easy to walk around with! 
For dinner one night we went to Melitini which was a short walk from our hotel. It was very sharable and we got to try some new stuff that we hadn't had before! While the downstairs is cute, I recommend booking in advance to get their rooftop patio which I believe has a great view, but not positive since I never went up there myself.
One of my FAVORITE parts of staying in Oia was being close to this delicious bakery, Melenio that I discovered last time I was here! We walked here every night for a sweet treat and a stunning post-sunset view of the moon on the water. Obviously, the baklava is a must, but we loved all of the other desserts as well. 
Ammoundi Fish Tavern is one of a few restaurants located in Ammoundi Bay and while the food isn't the best meal of your life the beauty of eating literally right on the water at sunset is so worth it! You'll find that most restaurants in Santorini are on the cliffside so it is cool to be down in a bay. Similar to the last time we walked down the steps, but it was NOT fun! I didn't realize that the steps had been very eroded since I was here last and so we struggled hard! I no longer recommend that walk. ;)
Roka Restaurant had an adorable, local vibe to it and truly felt like a little escape from the many tourist restaurants in Oia. The food was delicious and unique and the patio was beaming with character! They also have a patio that has an ocean view of the other side of the island, but we couldn't turn down this adorable patio.
Breakfast was included with our stay, but even if you're not staying here I recommend coming at least once for these stunning views around the pool! They served us an array of pastries every morning and delicious coffee (with lots of ice which is rare)! It was such a peaceful start to each day and probably the part I miss the most from this trip. 
We stayed at the Canaves Oia Suites which was a DREAM! While the views and pools were clearly amazing, the service was impeccable and everyone there was so kind! We enjoyed a welcome drink by the pool and then many Aperol Spritz there on out.
I think it's super tacky to link the hotel suite that we stayed in, but I will this time because the hotel upgraded us to this INCREDIBLE three-bedroom villa with a private infinity pool (that my parents would have never booked on their own lol)! It was such a nice surprise and it just made our experience 10000x more special. We hung out here for a full day and stocked the fridge with drinks, lunch, and charcuterie! Wish I could relive that day a million times! 
And the views at night were just as stunning to sit and enjoy a nightcap. Without a doubt, I recommend staying at Canaves for a once-in-a-lifetime vacation!

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