When to Visit?
The hard-core party/tourist season is July-August. In June and September, it is still lots of fun, with plenty of folks, but a little more peaceful and a bit cheaper. In May or October, there are great deals to be had, and a few nice restaurants and shops open (and always the 24-hour bakery!!!). Outside of those months, it is a very quiet and peaceful place, but many shops close up until the next year's season hits. I have so many good feelings and memories from Santorini, most generated in Perissa Beach, or from zoot-scootering all over the island.
MEETING OTHER PEOPLE !
Believe it or not – I met people who were not VT Members. In fast in addition to the wonderful new VT friends I made, I also had the privileged of meeting some other fantastic men and women on my short adventure. I think the combination of good weather, scenic beauty and magic of Greece gets people to relax and make it easy to be friendly. Some of the people I met:
A fun couple from Liverpool. Also known as ‘Scousers’ they had the typical Liverpool sense of humour and adventure. We danced and drank and sang. A great, if not inebriated time.
The lovely lady bartenders who not only survived the full drunken onslaught of the VT gang – they actually enjoyed it! Great service with big smiles! Thank you ladies!
The waiter at The Friendly Greek Taverna. This guy reopened the restaurant for me at MIDNIGHT and still brought us free olives. He stayed open until THEY RAN OUT OF BEER! He seemed to dance around and opened beers quick as lightening. He told me I was the best and Number 1. He even gave me a beer on the house!
The most beautiful woman from Northern Ireland, her mum and her attractive friend. I walked up the Volcano with them and they were funny, friendly, charming and absolutely down to earth. Nice one ladies!
Daria from London. She was leaving in 3 hours in the middle of the night. Still she let me pick her up and throw her across the bar. Just joking! She danced with us and thought VT people were great. She is right, but she should also see us sober to before she makes her final judgement!
The tomato croquettes made from tiny, delicious tomatoes, the split pea puree known as "fava" with all its different versions, the white aubergine with its firm body, the wild rabbit, the fish with capers, the salads with caper leaves, the fresh goat cheese and the sweet "melitinia" have found their place once again on the restaurant menus in Santorini.
Together with the drink "tsikoudia", the wonderful white wines, and the sweet dessert wine "vinsanto", the Santorini cuisine satisfies even the most demanding plates.
Santorini provides more than three hundred restaurant options ranging from simple to sophisticated, and a number of them enjoy the reputation of being amongst the best and most innovative in the country.
The island produces especially excellent dry white wines (a wide choice of over sixty local brands), dry red wine (in very small quantities) and sweet dessert wines (vinsanto). Do not neglect to try them at the restaurants, the local wineries, the coffee shops and the bars of the island.
Small tomatoes (Cherry tomatoes growing up waterless)
Fava (Yellow split peas)
Grapes (Wine Varieties)
One glove garlic
Water melon (Small)
Goat cheese (Chloro)
Herbs & Spices: Dill, Fennel, Mint. Basil, Saffron, Rosemary, Oregano, Thyme, Marjoram, Sage
Be careful to pack the right adapters for your electrical items. It seems to always be a problem for me. Though most of Europe probably has a standard outlet, for some reason the stores here just don't have the right adapters for you to take on travel.
Caique boat ride
The summer season is a big business for the locals, even the fishermen try to make money from the summer tourist trade.
They will take you on a short trip with their tiny fishing boats - named as caique - wherever you want to sail around the island.
We took a ride from Kamari beach to the lighthouse and back.
Along the southern shore you pass by the unique beaches of Santorini; the lively Perissa and Perivolos, the major tourist attraction Red beach and the isolated, but crowded White beach.
At the southernmost tip of the island you can see the Faros Lighthouse. The lighthouse in fact is extraordinarily average in appearance and stands on top of the cliff edge dominating the immediate surroundings.
It was a great trip and I would do it again anytime!