Getting There: Plane
Accommodation: Goulielmos Hotel
Reason: An easy bus ride from the airport with a stop right in front of the hotel we fell in love with this spot very quickly. The hotel is located in Akrotiri, away from the Oia/Fira crowds and provides a calm vibe with stunning views of the island, water and daily sunsets. A massive breakfast buffet every day was the perfect way to start our day. We rarely ate lunch during our time in Santorini instead opted for drinks and tzatziki and saved room for a Greek dinner each night. The pool, the rooms, the people - everything about this hotel was great! Only thing that would have made it a 10/10 was if we had a bit more money to spend on a ocean-front room. The garden was still a nice view!
To avoid overly priced tourist menus head to the far end of the island to Akrotiri to find authentic Greek food for the price you want and the taste you deserve. Restaurants in this town are not as busy as Oia or Fira but offer incredible service and food with a beautiful view of the island.
I have never experienced a more beautiful or personally enriching moment. The view of the sunset from this spot will make you feel so small. We loved coming here because as the sun goes down you see the lights in Oia and Fira go on, making the island look like it's full of stars.
Fira 'The White House'
This is the best spot to buy anything and everything white for your time in Greece!
This is a great beach area to hang out during the day and tan and grab lunch.
This is a great beach to ATV up and down the boardwalk.
If you want to join the crowds - I think you should at least once - head to the Caldera for breathtaking views of the sunset. If you want a spot to sit I suggest getting there at least an hour before the sunset. We opted to watch half of it go down and then to head up and grab a seat at a restaurant overlooking the Caldera - much better option in my mind.
Rent an ATV
100% the best way to see this island is to ATV. You can rent them just about anywhere on the island for about 10-20 euros a day. Gas is dirt cheap and this really is worth every cent.