So what do you do when you have 24 hours in Santorini?
We recently got to travel the beautiful Santorini in Greece (which is still quite on top of MY must see places bucket list btw!) with Kristin Mansky of ModishandMain, as she let us tag along with her new favourite travel must-have The Colt bag. Read on to see more of this beautiful island and find out her top things to do, see, try in Santorini in Greece. xo
KRISTIN MANSKY //
Spending a memorable week in Santorini, Greece was incredible, but now I want to share with you all the fun you can have in just 24 hours on the island. Come along as I take you, along with my camera + THEIT bag, on a journey that you’ll never forget!
Knowing this trip is quite possibly a once in a lifetime experience, I didn’t want to miss out on ANY opportunity to take beautiful photography. Therefore, I wanted to bring my Canon 5D Mark iii with a 24-70mm lens everywhere I went which isn’t always the easiest because it’s a big camera and it’s not very light. Those of you that are familiar with this camera body and lens know that it’s not cheap and the last thing I want to do is stand out like a tourist waving a red flag that says “rob me!” BUT ….. it takes such incredible photos that I wasn’t going to leave it behind.
This is where The Colt bag comes in from THEIT. It is hands down the most stylish, yet functional camera bag I have ever laid eyes on (and trust me, I’ve tried A LOT of camera bags). Not only does it look like a fashionable handbag, but it can hold my 5D Mark iii with lens attached and I still have room for the day-to-day necessities. This camera bag is a total lifesaver and it came along on our journey throughout Santorini. Let’s not wait any longer & get this tour started!
8:30a | Get Dressed & Head Out for Breakfast
Our hotel did provide a complimentary standard breakfast, but after just a few days I was eager to get out and try the local delicacies from the neighborhood bakery. (i.e. Try the chocolate croissants!)
Travel Tip #1: Our mode of transportation throughout the week was our trusty ATV. These were great to rent because it came with a large storage container that you could lock & it made for safe travels for all my camera equipment.
10:00a | Enjoy the view and relax by the pool
Adjusting to the time change can be a bit difficult. We’d often grab an hour nap by the poolside before we headed out for the rest of the day.
11:00a | Regroup and Formulate a Plan
Before heading out the doors we always stopped in our lobby to make sure we had everything we needed and to formulate a rouge idea of what our plans were. More often than not, once you head out you may not come back till late in the evening so planning ahead is never a bad thing!
We stayed at the Santorini Palace Hotel in Fira.
11:15a | Refreshed and Ready to Explore
Now that we are refreshed from our nap, we hop back on the ATV and start exploring. The main city, Fira, is often filled with people so we liked to get out of town and head south towards the black sand beach in Perissa & Perivolos. It’s a long, beautiful beach with rows and rows of cabanas and plenty of places to grab a cocktail.
A leisurely stroll with your toes in the Aegean is never bad for the soul.
12:30p | Wine Tasting at Santos Wines
An absolute must is stopping to taste wine at one of the many wineries scattered throughout Santorini. Our favorite was at Santos Wines which is perched up on the caldera affording you with panoramic views. Also note, they know how to do a proper wine taste! Tastings are available in 6, 12, or 18 glasses and come served all at once on a tray and are really good pours. They also include biscuits, cheeses, olives and dips. I could have stayed there forever.
Tip #2 — It’s a very windy island so I highly recommend bringing a long sleeve!
1:45p | Don’t Rush! Stop and Enjoy the Local Culture
I can only encourage you to drive down random streets and try to get yourself lost because it’s almost impossible to do in Santorini. What you end up with though is incredible experiences that afford you with the opportunity to find beautiful churches and local stands selling handmade goods. Don’t rush the experience and try to embrace the local culture as much as possible.
3:30p | Caffeine Pit Stop
Between the perpetual jet lag and the wine, a little afternoon pick me up in the form of an espresso is never a bad thing. Funny thing is, I don’t like coffee but I could tolerate it in Italy and in Greece as well! They topped this one off with a big dollop of whip cream which was definitely to my liking!
4:15p | Drive to Oia and the Bay of Ammoudi
If you’re driving to Oia, keep going as far as you can on the main road which starts to wind down to the Bay of Ammoudi. Here you will park your ATV or scooter and then walk down to where you will find fresh fish taverns along the bay. If you’re up for it (and I highly recommend it), walk all the way around the bend until you get to a little cove with a large rock floating out in the water. Change into your swimsuit, jump in and swim over to the rock where you can climb on up (with ropes, steps, etc) and then you get to experience a 25ft cliff jump into the Aegean Sea!!
On your walk back, treat yourself to fresh grilled octopus and a carafe of sangria.
5:30p | Wander Oia Streets + a Fish Pedicure
Oia is one of the most picturesque places I’ve ever seen. It has pristine white shops, hotels and restaurants and stunning views of churches and the sea beyond. This is also where people go to watch epic sunsets. Until then, allow yourself time to wander the streets and don’t leave without experiencing the fish pedicure (they “bite” off your dead skin, but only feels like tiny air bubbles).
6:30p | Oia Sunsets
As I mentioned before, the sunsets in Oia are VERY popular so don’t wait until the last minute to find the perfect viewing spot. Nestle in because you will be surrounded by TONS of people, but trust me, it’s well worth it. This time of year (September), the sun set at 7:10 each night and blazed the sky with hues of orange, red and hints of purple.
8:00p | Gyros + Dancing
If you aren’t staying in Oia, it’s probably a good idea to start your journey back towards Fira (or wherever you are staying) and park the ATV for the night. It became a standard routine to walk to this little food market in downtown Fira and order ourselves a chicken gyro. They were so insanely delicious I often ate 2 a day!
With our bellies full, we headed out to the bars and clubs to get our dance on! This is where we part ways because I can’t hold a camera and dance at the same time! I hope you enjoyed my tour around Santorini and can’t wait for our next adventures!
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