After some research on Santorini I decided that we should stay in Imerovigli. Every review I read said that it was a quiet town tucked away from the hustle of Fira and the large crowds in Oia. Absolute Bliss Imerovigli popped out as a lovely place with stunning views of the caldera, so we booked a suite in hopes of some relaxation and to celebrate our 10 year wedding anniversary.
Absolute Bliss Imerovigli is about 20 minutes away from the Santorini airport. We had arranged for a taxi to pick us up but after 20 minutes of waiting with no one to get us, we decided to just grab a taxi ourselves and get ourself to the hotel.
We arrived early at Absolute Bliss Imerovigli, check in time was 2pm but we arrived around 9am. The hotel was still quiet but the manager Sofia greeted us and asked if we had eaten breakfast. Since we hadn’t she told us to leave it to her. Within 15 minutes a huge spread was brought out which we ate on the main terrace under some thick blankets since it was chilly that morning. We were blown away by the amount of food and the freshness of everything. Right then and there I smiled and P and told him that we had made the right decision.
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” –Mark Twain
There are so many things to say about Santorini but I’ll start here: It was truly the trip of a lifetime. The Aegean Sea was so blue, the Greek people were so friendly and exploring on our own was the key to us enjoying ourselves. We didn’t do too much research before the trip and it worked out perfectly. Sometimes we just sat on our terrace for hours and other times we explored the less crowded parts of the island. Santorini, thank you for allowing us to explore all you had to offer! Here are my 10 activities to do on Santorini!
I’ll be posting a separate blog about Absolute Bliss, our hotel in Imerovigli. I will say here that town has some of THE BEST views of the Caldera, especially around sunset. Imerovigli is nestled between Fira and Oia, it’s much quieter with less people. We found some great places to eat (Tasos Tavern, Anogi, Illios Bakery) and I spent hours in the local Pharmacy purchasing beauty items that I cannot get here in the US. While other people rushed to Fira and Oia for the sunsets, we had a perfect view from our balcony at Absolute Bliss in Imerovigli. Nothing was better than watching the sun go down with a glass of Greek wine on our private space.
We’ll be there for ten days and while we’ve narrowed down the general areas to visit (staying in Imerovigli but visiting Oia and Fira.) In Paris we will be staying in the 7th Arrondissement and I would love any recommendations you can offer. I’ve never been to Greece (or Europe for that matter!) and would love to know about hole in the wall restaurants, shops or special spots we can’t miss. Thank you in advance for your thoughts!