The million shades of blue, the unique and traditional architecture, the culture, beliefs and the stunning sight of the magical Greece, everything that you really wanted to know behind all that and many more details to plan your trip to the blue paradise.
Greece to me was a childhood dream for many reasons.
It was also one of the places that we both (me and my husband) haven’t been yet at the time. So we chose to be the scenery of our Honeymoon. The best choice EVER!
What a beautiful country!
The breeze, the light, the place, the culture, the people… I can’t describe. The best word to explain is Magical.
There I saw the best sunset in my entire life. And you know what the best part was?! Next day I saw again, and the next day…
Unfortunately we just had 2 days in Mykonos and 3 in Santorini. But definitely would go back to see more in a heart beat. Either way I still think it wasn’t enough time there and I feel like I could go back million times and keep thinking that is never enough haha.
Here it’s the “busy” part of the islands (relatively speaking). Parties, clubs, bars..
Where to stay:
In Mykonos we decided on experiencing an AirBnB and we stayed a little further from the center, but honestly it was also a very good option.
For us, it was quiet and we could literally walk to the beach that was not busy at all.
The name of the beach is Kalafati and is absolutely beautiful.
There are also plenty of hotels and B&Bs near and further from the center.
How to move:
The only down side was moving around the island. Forget about Uber, there’s no such thing, at least not in Mykonos/Santorini.
Your options are: a local bus with schedule times (but remember, you’re in Greek clock, so do not expect to be on time). You can also get a cab, right? Well… not really! There are only 20/30 taxis for the whole entire island, meaning tourists and locals, which means: Good Luck! haha
Another way it’s to rent a scooter/car but my advice for you is: be really careful! The drivers are not that great, many accidents happens all the time, even the locals told us to not trust other drivers even walking around near the roads.
Good thing our AirBnB lady was so sweet that offer to take us around if we needed to. But don’t expect all of them to do the same for you, so be aware on your location and plan how you are going to go places from there. This is my tip for you and I wish I knew before.
Where to go:
Well, beaches and center of course! It’s very easy to walk around, it looks like a maze, but don’t worry, you’ll find yourself or another narrow street that will lead you to another one and another.. haha it’s actually fun to walk around.
Sunset spot: 180o sunset bar is absolutely spectacular, amazing view, great drinks and delicious food.
In Santorini we stayed in Oia, busy depending on the time of the year, but it’s a romantic place in general.
How to move:
The number of taxis is minimum as well, but we were lucky that our hotel (Altamare Andronis) helped us with the transportation arrangements.
They were fabulous with everything, by the way.
What to eat:
Honestly, many good restaurants are all over the island, we didn’t have any bad experience and we just walked and decided by looking the menu and feeling the place
But sea food is a must. Lamb, dolmeh, baklava, the famous yogurt and other Greek specialties as well.
Where to go:
We decided on taking our time to relax in Santorini (after 10 days walking around Croatia and Mykonos we were pretty beat up). So we enjoyed Oia, the hotel and the restaurants around.
But we are stubborn and I can’t stay still, so we decided on a sail boat excursion (which was a dream for my husband) and I must say: So worth it!
We took the cable car to the old port and there the boat was going to leave. We stopped in an inactive volcano with an absolutely breathtaking view.
Did you know that Greeks break plates when they are really happy?
Well, that’s a Greek tradition that has few different ways of interpretation and all started when a rich family invited a much poorer family to dinner and to make them feel better invited them to break the plates. They were proving that friendship is everything.
In its earliest form, plate smashing may be a survival of the ancient custom of ritually “killing” the ceramic vessels used for feasts commemorating the dead. The voluntary breaking of plates, which is a type of controlled loss, may also have helped participants in dealing with the deaths of their loved ones, a loss which they could not control.
They throw carnations to singers, and smash glasses and dishes when beautiful girls dance the zeibekiko or the hasapiko on the dance floor.
Nowadays, considering the mess and the danger of getting hurt people throw flowers instead (only few restaurants allow it though, so be careful and make sure to ask before if you feel like incorporating traditions)
What to buy: Olive Oil, Olives, Jewelry
Packing: DO NOT, I repeat DO NOT pack high-heels of any type, you won’t need at all, completely unnecessary, it’ll just make your suitcase heavy. The streets are full of rocks, steps and big heels. So flats and flip-flops, be comfortable!
Be careful with the clothes that you pack, it can get REALLY windy in Greece and depending on what you wear, can be pretty embarrassing or uncomfortable. The last thing you want to worry about is if your showing more than you should.
Hello – γεια σας (geia sas)
Please – Σας παρακαλούμε (Sas parakaloúme)
Thank you – Ευχαριστώ (efcharistó)
Goodbye – αντιο σας (antio sas)
And the last one just because was our honeymoon haha
I love you – Σε αγαπώ (Se agapó)
I hope my tips were useful and I really hope you could feel a little bit of Greece in this post.
If you are planning to go to Greece (I’m jealous) and have any questions, comment below, let me try to help.
If you have been to Greece and want to share or add any other useful tips, comment below and let’s discuss. I’d love to hear your experience as well! 🙂
“Happy is the man, I thought, who, before dying, has the good fortune to sail the Aegean sea.”