Even though we cannot take Santorini as a secret paradise island or an untouched destination, every visit feels like a new discovery. In fact, Santorini is the most popular island in Greece and possibly even in the world. Most of globetrotters for sure have set eyes on this volcanic crescent shape island time and time again. Same to me, this is our third time on the island and can already say now that it won’t be the last.
I always stay in Imerovigli village. This expanding village is located to the north of the island’s capital, Fira. Here is what I consider the balcony of the island: it’s the highest point of the caldera overlooking the Aegean sea with its perfect set up of iconic whitewashed buildings, sapphire domes and narrow paved paths along the caldera. All of these plus gorgeous sunsets which you can see from almost every spot, make it to superlative degree to the rest of the island.
It is our first time to hike up to the top of Skaros Rock, the important landmark of Imerovigli. In medieval times, a castle, a fortress and houses were constructed on this red lava stone and offered protection from pirates. But after being suffered from many major eruptions for centuries, the noble families and inhabitants decided to leave from there at the beginning of 17th century. After passing through scattered ruins you finally see the white and blue chapel reaching out to the sea, making Skaros another iconic spot of the island.
Every couple has heir own spot for sunset and the traditional village of Oia, in the far northwest of Santorini, is probably the best known for it. As Imerovigli faces to the west, for me there’s no other place that beats the beauty of sunsets from there while it plays with silhouetted Oia – I have never felt sunset as romantic.