Santorini, black sand and weddings

Ticking destinations off my bucket list right, left and centre this year with a fantastic week in the glorious Greek island of Santorini just completed!

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It was a truly family affair as we were all there for the wedding of my younger cousin who chose the clifftop overlooking the caldera for her nuptials.

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We decided to do the island via a package holiday (gasp) with Thomas Cook. Purely as we couldn’t do it any cheaper independently as there were three of us to cater for.

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We were stationed in the petite beach resort of Perissa, a small yet perfectly formed town with a beach front strip of bars, cafes and restaurants that face onto the black volcanic sands.

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The dark sands provided a change from the tropical white beaches that we’re usually on. Although mum wasn’t too keen on them (and they do burn your feet something awful!)

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In the background the dramatic brooding Mount Profitis Illias looms large.

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There’s plenty of beach loungers and umbrellas along the scorching strip of beach. Many of which are free for use if you frequent one of the many establishments along the beach front road.

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We stayed at the wonderful Hotel Gardenia. A mere five minutes walk to the beach in one direction and the main road and bus stop in the other.

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With its relaxing pool area, spotless rooms and lovely staff I can heartily recommend it. Neil also recommends the self serve 1 euro wine from the local supermarket!

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Next up we’re heading to the pretty capital town of Fira, the stunning cliff top village of Oia and we hit the roads with a quad bike for the day. Plus a stunning wedding to boot! All in all a fantastic time had by all 🙂

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