A Santorini Wedding
My boyfriend’s cousin and fiancée invited us to their wedding in Santorini Greece last year, which came around so quickly!
We arrived late July and the wedding wasn’t until a couple of days into the trip, which gave us time to get our bearings. Staying in Kamari, a hotel about 10 minutes from the airport which was called: Hotel Makarios. The hotel was a 3 star and was clean and tidy, however since we were all inclusive we expected the food to be your cliche feta cheeses / olives / etc. It was hard being a vegetarian as most dishes in the evening included meat and the vegetable options were really dry as if they had been left out for days. The unlimited drinks were your standard fizzy drinks, red / white wine and local beer (which did not taste great and Ouzo and Raki – which I’m not a fan of either. There was no entertainment and the bar closed at 10pm, not ideal either even if the drinks were basic.
Thus, we found ourselves eating out of the hotel most nights. Along the beachfront around Kamari was lovely and during the day, we used the sunbeds at Kings Cafe on the beach. The food (especially the pizza and crepes) were delicious here and the service was brilliant.
We only stayed near Kamari beach, which is a black stone beach – but we were told that the red beaches South West of the island were equally as stunning. If you love swimming in the sea, then Kamari beach was perfect.
TIP: Shops off the beachfront offer surf shoes for €10.00.
These are worth every Euro I tell you now!
Taxis are very expensive here, costing almost £20 for a 10 minute ride. On occasion we got the bus from our hotel to Thira which took twice as long but was about €3 each.
As well as Kings, we found a nice restaurant on the Kamari beachfront called Navy’s which served delicious vegetarian meals.
One of my favourite places we went to, was a restaurant in Thira (or Fira as it’s sometimes spelt) called Avocado, it introduced me to caramelized talagani cheese from Messinia with lemon marmalade … if heaven had a taste, it would be this! Cannot stop thinking of it and cannot wait to get hold of more, it’s like a drug!
Before the wedding we also went to a rooftop restaurant called Niki’s. I had the pizza – which wasn’t great, but you pay the extra for the view. We ate whilst the sun was setting and it was one of the best sights I have ever seen, so I certainly recommend it.
I have to say, after attending this wedding, I can now see why people get married abroad. Pretty much guaranteed the weather and the view at The Santorini Gem was like something straight out of Pinterest. The location was absolutely out of this world!
Overall, Santorini; especially around Thira was beautiful. The weather was hot with a slight breeze and outside of the hotel the food was spot on, I would advise to not go all inclusive, maybe just bed and breakfast, as we spent a lot of money eating out and in taxis. Also, maybe to stay west of the island than east.
Would I go back? There are so many small islands to explore around mainland Greece that it seems a shame to go back the same island twice. Although, I would recommend anyone who hasn’t been to definitely pay this little gem a visit.