History of Santorini
Santorini’s History is a bit like Man vs Wild. The elements of nature really challenged the people on the island. Surrounded by volcanoes that were erupting and earth quakes, we can really say that it was a land that never rests. The people on land learned to overcome natures challenges and started to build civilisation.
Santorini was exposed to the world in the 1970’s for its uniqueness of white Cycladic houses, cute little blue hue windows, beautiful winery destinations, gorgeous restaurant’s with authentic local produce, perched on high cliffs with aquatic beaches. Now that is a handful.
Have you ever wondered if Santorini looked like the pictures you see on social media? Well let me tell you I know I did and when I got to Santorini It blew my mind. I wanted to capture every single inch of Santorini because it was so mesmerising but photos did not do justice to the views my eyes captured. No exaggeration but it blew my mind away and stole my heart.
The real present is in the presence. I couldn’t believe my eyes, the water in the Aegean Sea was so calm, still and blue it really made the island stand out and pop. I wanted to capture the magic turning around in all angles like a landscape photographer but then I paused. I put my phone away and just stared at the sunset. All the tourists and families around me had the same look on there face, memorisation and shock. I am sure the locals can never have enough of those sunsets.
I loved how the locals were so lovely and welcoming and how tradition still held its place in the towns. In the day time Santorini is a calm island. It’s best to shop around or swim during the day in the beaches or in your hotel. Let me tell you shopping in Santorini is going to require some quality savings. In the evening Santorini is lively. Everyone is out and everywhere is open. There is plenty of cute bars to choose from and stunning restaurant’s that look right at the sea with little candles on each table. It is an island of romance itself.
Oia In Santorini
If you are looking for a holiday to slow down and wind down than Santorini is the perfect island. It is a holiday to relax, watch sunsets, swim, shop, and drink cocktails.
Santorini consist of two islands. Oia has amazing postcard views at every corner you turn, but because of this, it’s also the busiest town. Oia is the luxurious village with romantic restaurants and high-end shopping. Oia is easy to find and navigate it is one long island. It consists of marble tiles that is stroller friendly.
Fira In Santorini
On the other hand, Fira is Santorini’s capital, which has tons of wonderful restaurants and a decent amount of night life. The island itself is bigger and much more compact. Therefore, there is a lot more activities to do in Fira. Fira has a lot of views that look over the caldera. They are more direct and stunning in my opinion. I captured most of these shots in Fira. In saying that Fira also has a bigger variety of boutiques to shop from. I much preferred Fira because it is busier and there’s a lot more to do. But I definitely suggest seeing both.