santorini + athens | greece travelogue

Last September, my dad, sister + her boyfriend joined me in Greece (one of my DREAM destinations!) after my factory visit to Israel. I grew up buying Greece calendars, and my eyes could not believe what I was finally seeing right in front of me. It was everything I've ever dreamed of.

We started our journey on the island of Santorini and rented an AirBnB and car to see as much as we could. Santorini is known for their show-stopping sunsets, and they did not disappoint! We made sure to plan ahead and catch the views from some incredible restaurants, listed below each picture. Our favorite beach was Perissa, where you can rent beach chairs for $7 euros and swim in the Agean Sea. Though we stayed in Pyrgos with the house towards one end of the island, we enjoyed spending our time in Fira and Oia. 

We ended our trip in Athens and I'm so glad we saved some time to spend here. It's home of the Parthenon and Acropolis, with a fantastic museum across the street giving you a solid refresher on the Olympic games and their importance to the Greeks and their Gods. We did a Bike Tour around the city using the company Athens by Bike and it was a great way to get a lay of the land and make notes of parts we wanted to get back to. I was blown away by how cute and European the city felt with all the restaurants spilling into the streets. We had a fantastic dinner at both Psarra and Ama Lachei that were absolutely lovely with their atmospheres.

Our time was incredible and the perfect end to the summer months. Check below the photos for specific recommendations on what to see! 

 View of Oia

View of Oia

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 View of Fira

View of Fira

 Dad and I, Hike to the Akrotiri Lighthouse

Dad and I, Hike to the Akrotiri Lighthouse

 View of Oia

View of Oia

 Ali + Wyatt in front our our AirBnB

Ali + Wyatt in front our our AirBnB

 View from Santo Wines, a must for sunset! Make a reservation for a good table with a view.

View from Santo Wines, a must for sunset! Make a reservation for a good table with a view.

 Our last meal in Fira, joined by friends who were also visiting. Sunset below is from our table at  Rastoni's . It was the perfect place to see the view.

Our last meal in Fira, joined by friends who were also visiting. Sunset below is from our table at Rastoni's. It was the perfect place to see the view.

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 Visiting the Parthenon at the top of Acropolis

Visiting the Parthenon at the top of Acropolis

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 Dinner at Ama Lachei, a tapas style restaurant in a garden setting

Dinner at Ama Lachei, a tapas style restaurant in a garden setting

 And that's a wrap, cheers to a great trip! 

And that's a wrap, cheers to a great trip! 

Posted on February 22, 2018 and filed under TRAVEL.