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Greece. It’s just one of those places that calls to me. A few days in Athens and a week cruising the islands with my mama the summer I graduated college didn’t even come close to sating the hunger I’ve always seemed to have for all things Greek. If anything, that perfect tease of a trip only made my desire to return stronger.

So when Heather and I started brainstorming places to recover post-Tomorrowland, and a casual flight search from Brussels to anywhere revealed Athens as the cheapest choice? There was no convincing needed.

Imerovigli

While I’d spend just under a month in total traipsing through gorgeous Greece, Heather had a week to spare. And there was only one thing on the agenda for it — recovering from the four nonstop days of festival intensity we’d just put our bodies through.

While I can’t say it was on purpose, serendipity led us to stumbling upon the world’s most perfect place to do it. While Santorini is far from a hidden gem, its two top draws, Oia and Fira get most of the attention — and most of the tourists. So allow me a moment — or a thousand words, give or take — to obsess over the dreamy village I fell in love with, nestled between the two: Imerovigli.

Imerovigli Village

Considering our plans for Santorini involved an extensive rotation of napping, floating in the pool, staring out at the ocean, casually grazing on snacks, more napping, and occasional unconscious meditation (also know, to some, as even more napping), we weren’t going to stray very far from home base. Where to stay was critical.

I had never even heard of Imerovigli when I discovered Hara’s Houses. But the five bright and colorful studios, the charming interconnected balconies, and the poolside caldera views left me swooning. We were sold.

Hara's Houses Santorini

Hara's Houses Santorini

Santorini Crater View

I mean, can we talk about that view for a minute? I was hypnotized, completely. Every morning I’d wake up, blink into consciousness, and suddenly remember where I was. Then I’d rush out of bed and fumble to fling open the door, somewhat skeptical that my memory must be deceiving me about what lay beyond it. But no — there it was, that endless cobalt ocean and that beautiful ancient caldera, just waiting to be dreamily stared at all day long.

Imerovigli Apartment Rental

Hara's Houses SantoriniPhoto courtesy of Heather Holt

I know much of the travel world had this revelation a few years back, but I am in the midst of a great love affair with renting apartments instead of staying in hotels. As someone who is on the road constantly, it’s such a luxury to stay somewhere that truly feels like a home. But for any traveler, you can’t beat the treat of having a homemade breakfast in bed, making a simple dinner and watching the sunset from your balcony, or being able to keep a bottle or two of white wine chilled for emergency toasting situations.

Five nights? I could have stayed five weeks.

Imerovigli Apartment Rental

Hara's Houses Santorini

Hara's Houses Santorini

Imerovigli Apartment Rental

Hara's Houses Santorini

Imerovigli Apartment Rental

And actually, the best part of Hara’s Houses can’t be shared through a photo. Even warmer than the light on the cliffs at sunset was the hospitality of the property manager Stamos, who treated us like old friends. When Heather needed antibiotics for a raging sinus infection, he personally drove her to the hospital and stayed with her the entire time, translating and keeping her spirits up.

He refused our money but we paid him back the Santorini way — with a bottle of the finest Vinsanto we could find.

Imerovigli Crater View

We did, in fact, leave the comfortable clutches of Imerovigli a few times, to go diving, to do a grand winery tour, and to take in an infamous Oia sunset — but those adventures will get posts of their own. For the vast majority of our time, however, we could not have been happier kicking around Hara’s Houses, or taking one of the winding knot of paths that makes up Imerovigli, and seeing what surprises awaited us around the corner.

It is possible to walk all the way to either Oia and Fira in opposite directions, never losing sight of the caldera along the way.

Imerovigli

Imerovigli

Not that we really needed to ever leave the village, technically. Everything we needed was just a white-washed stroll away. Need a massage? We made our way to the neighboring Avaton Resort, where Heather treated us to an indulgent afternoon at the spa.

Avaton Spa, Imerovigli

Kapari Natural Resort

Need a good meal? Imerovigli is home to some of Santorini’s finest restaurants. I had the best meal of my entire month in Greece at Kapari Restaurant, where every single course, backed by one of the most famous sunsets in the world, made me feel like I was losing my actual mind. Heather and I just spent the entire dinner wide eyed, mouths full, gesticulating wildly between our plates and the horizon, unable to speak.

We are excellent dining companions.

Kapari Natural Resort

Kapari Natural Resort

Kapari Restaurant, Imerovigli, Santorini

My favorite course was an appetizer made entirely from ingredients found on Santorini’s fifty-six square miles. Fava, white eggplant, capers, and lots of love went into those bites. From the homemade bread still warm from the oven to the carmelized banana dessert, we were still talking about this meal on the ferry back to Athens.

Kapari Restaurant, Imerovigli, Santorini

Kapari Restaurant, Imerovigli, Santorini

Kapari Restaurant, Imerovigli, Santorini

Kapari Restaurant, Imerovigli, Santorini

Kapari Restaurant, Imerovigli, Santorini

Another favorite was La Maison, which was as hospitable as it was delicious. The waitstaff was sweetly accommodating of our particular dietary needs (I eat meat but no fish, and Heather eats no meat but does eat fish, but only after a ten minute interview on ethical sourcing), they handed out pashminas when it got a bit chilly, and they also had a seriously bumpin’ playlist. When they saw us waving our phones in the air trying to Shazam various songs, they brought over a handwritten list of what had been on rotation.

I can say from personal experience that I highly recommend you come here and order every dessert on the menu.

La Maison Restaurant, Imerovigli, Santorini

La Maison Restaurant, Imerovigli, Santorini

La Maison Restaurant, Imerovigli, Santorini

Yes, overall, Imerovigli was enchanting. It even inspired Heather, who is a professional photographer and arrived in Europe in the midst of a bit of a creative burnout, to pick up her camera again. And I’m seriously glad she did — look at these beautiful shots she captured!

Imerovigli, GreecePhoto courtesy of Heather Holt

Imerovigli, GreecePhoto courtesy of Heather Holt

Imerovigli, GreecePhoto courtesy of Heather Holt

Imerovigli, GreecePhoto courtesy of Heather Holt

Imerovigli, GreecePhoto courtesy of Heather Holt

Imerovigli, GreecePhoto courtesy of Heather Holt

We left Belgium broken after pushing ourselves to the limit in every capacity at Tomorrowland. We crawled our way onto Santorini  — I mean, okay, technically we flew in an airplane but crawling more accurately depicts our mental state — and Imerovigli healed us. It’s a special place, and it captivated me completely.

I think it was the view.

Hara's Houses, Greece

Hara's Houses, GreecePhoto courtesy of Heather Holt

Hara's Houses, GreecePhoto courtesy of Heather Holt

Hara's Houses, Greece

Greece, you got me again.

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Many thanks to Hara’s Houses and Kapari Restaurant for their generous hospitality. As always, you receive my honest opinions regardless of who is footing the bill.

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  • Annie Anywhere
    October 21 2014

    Wow! Your pictures on this post are amazing! The light and the pastel colours are to dream for!

    • Alex
      October 22 2014

      Thank you Annie! Santorini really inspired me. I couldn’t put my camera down!

  • Miquel
    October 21 2014

    Ok now I’m jealous. This looks aaaaaaamazing. Greece is calling my name.
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    • Alex
      October 22 2014

      Mine too! I wouldn’t mind stopping by every summer 🙂

  • Tracey @ A Taste of Trace
    October 21 2014

    Oh my gosh – all of the pictures in this post are absolutely beautiful! What an incredibly stunning town. Imerovigli has been officially added to the (endlessly growing) list of places I need to go (in addition to the rest of Greece – heh).
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    • Alex
      October 22 2014

      Even after spending about 5 weeks in Greece in total, I feel like I’ve just barely scratched the surface. I can’t wait to go back again and again!

  • Sonja at Breadcrumbs Guide
    October 21 2014

    Speechless…

    Don’t change your linking system because I have a feeling I’ll be coming back for this post in a couple years!
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    • Alex
      October 22 2014

      It will always be here for ya, Sonja 🙂

      • Sonja Riemenschneider
        November 29 2015

        Aaaaaaand I’m back! Planning my trip to Greece for next June! Thanks for the inspiration! Forgot I left this comment, and had to laugh when I stumbled upon it again.
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        • Alex
          November 30 2015

          That happens to me all the time! I’ll read a blog post thinking I’ve never seen it before… and then see my own face staring back at me in the comments. Ha ha!

  • Justine
    October 21 2014

    I agree that renting apartments is where it’s at. During my year abroad, I made a point of renting apartments in the cities I loved the most (like Cartagena!). It’s such a fun way to spend time in certain places and get to know them more intimately. Looking at your photos of Hara’s Houses, I’m pretty sure I could have spent five years there! My god, everything about that place looks amazing!
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    • Alex
      October 22 2014

      It really was. Probably some of my favorite accommodation I’ve stayed in anywhere in the world! I was definitely ready to move in.

  • Silvia
    October 21 2014

    So glad Heather picked up her camera again – gorgeous shots! I have to say that I was much less enthusiastic about my time on Santorini this summer, especially after enjoying much more beautiful (and budget friendly) beaches in Albania. But that might be because I had to stay in a super cheap hostel. Hara’s Houses would have been a whole different experience!
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    • Alex
      October 22 2014

      Yeah, I think Santorini is one of those places that I’d rather not do on a budget. Some places are just MADE for backpacking, and others — like Vegas, for example, and I believe here too — I think are just infinitely more fun when you can enjoy the luxury side.

  • These photos are stunning. It’s years since I’ve been to Greece, and I can barely remember it. This just makes me want to hop on a plan back there.

    I love that light too that you get around the Mediterranean. Gorgeous. Glad you had an amazing time, and re-ignited your love affair with Greece! 🙂
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    • Alex
      October 22 2014

      The light in Santorini was from another world! Just complete stunning. And writing this post made me want to get on a plane too, ha! I love reliving my trips here.

  • Katie
    October 21 2014

    I love renting apartments when I travel too – it’s so fun, and they are often so quaint. I love the colors even inside of the one you rented. That meal sounds amazing and the views are even better! I’ve never been to the Greek Islands, but this little town is right my alley. Good views and good food, what more could you want? 🙂
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    • Alex
      October 22 2014

      Don’t forget about the good massage 🙂

  • Shannon
    October 21 2014

    Okay it’s gotta be more than coincidence than I just returned from a week in Greece on Saturday and one of the first posts I read is this beautiful one! We stayed just outside of Oia, towards Imerovigli and it was unbelievable – one of the most stunning places (if not THE most) I have ever been.. we rented an apartment too and looking out the window every morning was like waking up in a dream.. thanks for sharing! Reading your blog is one of my favorite things to do on the Internet! Keep it up 🙂 x
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    • Alex
      October 22 2014

      Thank you so much Shannon! That is a massive compliment to read 🙂 I felt the exact same way… there’s nowhere on Earth like Santorini!

  • Ashley
    October 21 2014

    Your apartment rental looks gorgeous, and those views- wow! Greece is high on my travel wishlist, but I feel like I need to allot a significant amount of time if I ever want to visit because there’s no way a few days would be enough.
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    • Alex
      October 22 2014

      Yeah, but at the same time Greece can be kind of pricey! I would have loved to have spent an entire summer backpacking around, but everything from the ferries to the dorm rooms was eye-opening (at least coming from my predominantly Latin American and Southeast Asian travels.)

  • becky hutner
    October 21 2014

    magical post, alex!! my favorite in awhile. from the sky blues & corals of your gorgeous room to the drop dead gorgeous view, i can see why you fell in love.

    & heather with your no meat & sustainable fish interviews, you’re a girl after my own heart!
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    • Alex
      October 22 2014

      My favorite in a while to write, too! 🙂

  • Breanna
    October 21 2014

    Wow. I am in love with all of your photos and if I ever find myself in a burnout from life I think I know where to go.

    • Alex
      October 22 2014

      Thanks Breanna! Santorini would definitely be the place to go to remember what’s to love about life.

  • Once again your pictures are stunning! I just requested my vacation time at work this week so I can begin to plan my big European trip in May, which includes Greece! I can’t wait to read all about your time in Greece. Is it May yet? 🙂
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    • Alex
      October 22 2014

      That’s awesome Katelyn! I think I’ll have plenty of inspiration for you in the upcoming weeks 🙂

  • Liz H
    October 21 2014

    UNREAL! Your pics are seriously professional, and it sure doesn’t hurt to have a backdrop like that. Absolutely spectacular!

    LOLing at the dietary needs, much like a particular vegan in a steakhouse 🙂

    • Alex
      October 22 2014

      Ha! I have the best dining companions 🙂

  • Steve
    October 21 2014

    Those photos looked amazing. I looks a great place to recharge the batteries.
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    • Alex
      October 22 2014

      It was indeed! Vitamin D, beautiful views and a great friend… what more could you need?

  • Polly
    October 21 2014

    This looks like absolute heaven and your pictures are stunning!
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    • Alex
      October 22 2014

      Thank you Polly! This is my idea of heaven!

  • Stef
    October 21 2014

    Not that I needed your persuasion because I’m dreaming of going to Santorini one day too. But your post really really increased my urge to go there soon (impossible right know as I am situated in Ecuador). Your photos are incredible and it seems like a great place to stay for a while.
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    • Alex
      October 23 2014

      Santorini will always be there… and The Galapagos are a pretty great place to hang in the meantime! But yeah, definitely make sure you get there someday 🙂

  • Jana
    October 21 2014

    Wow! Absolutely stunning pictures! I love these white greek houses!!! I have only been to Kos which is a beautiful greek island as well. I really wanna check out the rest of the thousands of islands as well which is probably a mission impossible…
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    • Alex
      October 23 2014

      Next time I go to Greece (and there WILL be a next time) I am hoping to check out some of the lesser known islands. I’ve only been to the most touristy ones. I’ve had great experiences but would like to see another side 🙂

  • Maddy
    October 21 2014

    ALEX.

    I have been super behind on my blog reading but jesus christo, woman, I could read this post 5x over and still never get enough of those views! As mentioned before (multiple times) it is my bigggggessssst goal to go to Greece and you just filled me with so much wanderlust and travel envy. CAN’T WAIT to read the rest of the posts and see more beautiful pics! xo
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    • Alex
      October 23 2014

      Woo hoo! Okay, I’m setting a new goal… I want Maddy to book a ticket to Greece by the time this trip coverage wraps. We’re on!

  • Shaun's Cracked Compass
    October 21 2014

    Wow, this is the first time Santorini actually looked good to me. I had a layover there between Milos & Crete and I couldn’t get off the island fast enough. So over priced. The sunset was surreal, black sand beach as well but a 12 euro ice cream? Now it’s personal.

    Hara’s Houses sounds like a better option then the hotels for sure but still, beaucoup €€€
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    • Alex
      October 23 2014

      Yeah, as I mentioned elsewhere in the comments, I think Santorini is one of those places best explored on a big budget (whereas other places I actually think are more fun to do on the cheap.) And I feel you on the ice cream — I almost wept when I paid 9 euro for the tiniest cup of fro yo in Belgium.

  • Kristen Noelle
    October 21 2014

    WOW!! I’m speechless. Round of applause for everything about this.
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    • Alex
      October 23 2014

      Ha! I love this comment. Thanks Kristen! It was a dreamy trip.

  • Amanda
    October 21 2014

    GUH!!!! This makes me want to be back in Santorini RIGHT. NOW.

    I promised myself that on my next trip to the Greek Islands, I would stay somewhere just like this in Santorini, with a nice pool and great views!
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    • Alex
      October 23 2014

      I think it’s a must for Santorini 🙂 Though when I came back on this same trip, I stayed in a budget hotel inland in Fira, and loved the island too. It’s hard not to!

  • Jeff
    October 21 2014

    Your pictures look good enough to have been published in a travel magazine! Greece looks very nice, but you are so close, you have to go to Albania, too – beautiful country at half the price!

    • Alex
      October 23 2014

      Thanks Jeff! Albania has never been on my radar but you’re the second person to mention it in these comments… I might just have to give it a try!

  • Monika
    October 21 2014

    One of the amazing things about Santorini is even Heather’s beautiful photos do not do it justice. The view of the perfectly blue sea in the Caldera is surreal. I loved everywhere we traveling Greece, but am so glad Santorini was our last stop. It outshines almost everywhere else.
    Thank you for this wonderful post leading me to reminisce about an incredible place!

    • Alex
      October 23 2014

      I’m with you Monika. Santorini gets so much hype but it deserves it all — there truly is nowhere on the planet like it! Thanks for reading 🙂

  • Maclean
    October 21 2014

    Awesome pictures!

    • Alex
      October 23 2014

      Thanks Maclean! And thank you for reading <3

  • Colleen Brynn
    October 21 2014

    One of my favourite things to do is to look at a map and find a spot I’ve never heard of and go there. This seems like it would kind of meet those requirements, since it wasn’t really on your radar (or many travellers’ radars)! That place looks like heaven, and I could definitely spend 5 weeks there too!! I’ve never done Greece before, but I know I will keep this place in mind for sure. 🙂

    • Alex
      October 23 2014

      Do indeed! It’s the perfect spot to get some peace and tranquility in Santorini even in the height of high season.

  • Yep, I will definitely be returning to Santorini next time I am in Greece. Loved it there the first time but was only there for 3 nights and didn’t see nearly enough. I love the colours, just stunning
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    • Alex
      October 23 2014

      My first time in Santorini was just 12 hours off a cruise ship — not nearly enough! I’ve now spent nine days in total and that’s a bit more like it 🙂

  • Petra @ The Global Couple
    October 21 2014

    Wowwww….. Greece looks amazing! Your photos are so stunning, you capture the light and the colours so well! I hope to get to Santorini one day!
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    • Alex
      October 23 2014

      Thanks Petra… Santorini is a pretty dreamy subject for a photographer! I hope you get there someday too…

  • Kathi
    October 22 2014

    These photos are gorgeous. I was sipping coffee in my office while looking at them and it felt like a mini-vacation.

    • Alex
      October 23 2014

      This might be my favorite comment on this post, Kathi. Thanks for letting me take you along for the trip 🙂

  • Rachel of Hippie in Heels
    October 22 2014

    absolutely stunning photos! Hara’s house looks amazing- and the warmth ahhh… i’m in the mountains now and freezing my bum off every night. Wanna swap? You might get to see a panther 😉
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    • Alex
      October 23 2014

      The panther is pretty tempting but the cold? Not so much 🙂

  • Greece is so much more beautiful than I remembered. The white buildings contrasted by the gorgeous blue skies are simply enchanting! Love your photography.
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    • Alex
      October 23 2014

      Thanks Miriam! Santorini definitely inspired me!

  • Aaah this looks like a dream! Those views look incredible. I have to go there!!

    • Alex
      October 23 2014

      Yes you do! I think Santorini is a place everyone should see in their lifetime.

  • Da
    October 22 2014

    My goodness Alex! This post is amazing. Being Greek myself, I have to admit that your photos (and Heather’s!)are amongst the most beautiful I have ever seen of the island. You girl rock! I ‘ve been following your blog for quite sometime now and you are such an ispiration to me! I can’t wait to read more on your visit to Greece!

    • Alex
      October 23 2014

      Wow, that’s a huge compliment Da! Thank you! Can’t wait to share 🙂

  • Emily
    October 22 2014

    Hi Alex! Been reading your blog for a few months now (while buried under college work), and I thought it was time to say hello. You’ve made me fall in love with so many places through your writing and photos, and every time I finish reading a post I feel as though I’ve taken my own mini vacation! (It’s much appreciated.)

    Love this post on Greece, and hope you’re enjoying Thailand!

    • Alex
      October 23 2014

      Hey Emily! Thank you for saying hi — and for reading! It’s a massive compliment and a big motivation to hear these posts take you somewhere 🙂 I am indeed loving Thailand, and reliving my Greece trip.

  • Anna R
    October 22 2014

    Looks like a DREAM. I’ve always wanted to visit Santorini… it’s so picturesque and Hara’s House sounds perfect. I love staying in a small place where you temporarily feel like the owner’s become your family. Beautiful photos.
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    • Alex
      October 23 2014

      It’s a very special treat, especially somewhere like Greece — where the hospitality is famous!

  • Shaunna
    October 22 2014

    I’ve been reading your blog for quite a while now and this is hands down my absolute favorite post! The photos are unbelievable! Absolutely 100% visiting Imerovigli next summer. Thanks for yet another amazing read Alex.
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    • Alex
      October 23 2014

      Love hearing that Shaunna! Thank you so much for reading and for your kind words on this post. It was an overwhelming one to put together as I wanted to do this special place justice.

  • Diana Edelman
    October 23 2014

    Holy crap, what stunning photos. You’re making me all sorts of Greek Island lust-y now.
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    • Alex
      October 23 2014

      I know! And everyone we know being in Athens for TBEX right now isn’t helping either 😉

  • Marni
    October 23 2014

    Breath-taking is the only word that can even come close to describing that view!! Absolutely incredible, and I think I need to bump Greece up on my list of travel destinations.

    • Alex
      October 23 2014

      You won’t regret it 🙂 Greece is one of my favorite countries in the world to travel to!

  • Giselle and Cody
    October 24 2014

    Absolutely gorgeous photos Alex! When we took a cruise in Turkey we stopped on a little island that reminded us of Greece, but it wasn’t Greece! We have to make our way there. So many places, and still plenty of time

    • Alex
      October 26 2014

      Ah, a cruise in Turkey… doesn’t sound half bad 🙂 I’m adding that to the list too!

  • Carla Turun
    October 24 2014

    Its hard to say this but….i think these are the most beautiful photos in any post…ever! and its so hard to say as all your posts are amazing 🙂

    • Alex
      October 26 2014

      Thank you Carla, that’s too sweet! How are you enjoying Malta?

  • Mindy and Ligeia
    October 24 2014

    We’ve only been to Lesbos in Greece and have been meaning to go back to see more of this historical country. Thanks for such a thorough post! We’ve always admired the gorgeous white buildings with bright blue trim. Add sheer white curtains that blow in by the sea wind and it’s a honeymoon all over again! 🙂
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    • Alex
      October 26 2014

      I think it’s a country that no one is every really done exploring. I know I’ll be going back again and again!

  • Will
    October 26 2014

    Santorini is one heck of a place to recover from a major rock festival … how is the weather in October? It looked warm in those pics!
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    • Alex
      October 28 2014

      This trip was actually in August! I’m a little behind in my chronological blogging 🙂

  • Jade
    October 29 2014

    It’s so much fun to be away from internet for a while and then catch up with your blog and be transported into new worlds!
    I went to Greece when I was 11 and am still dying to return! It looks even more beautiful then I remember!

    • Alex
      October 30 2014

      It is the perfect place for a wild party week, a romantic getaway, and multi-generational dream trip… basically anything 🙂 Sounds like you had a crazy wonderful experience with your trekking! Glad you enjoyed!

  • Carla Turun
    October 30 2014

    Malta is going great thank you 🙂 I’ve been exploring the south of the island but heading north to Mellieha and Popeyes Village this weekend, it’s beautiful here xx

    • Alex
      October 30 2014

      Amazing! It’s a gorgeous part of the country, enjoy Carla!

  • Jasmine
    October 31 2014

    Santorini looks absolutely gorgeous. Omg! I did made one of those dreamy sighs while reading this post. lol. So dramatic!

    • Alex
      November 2 2014

      Believe me, you’ll be doing nothing but them when you actually get to Santorini! 🙂

  • Doris
    November 7 2014

    I completely agree that Imerovigli is overshadowed by the infamous Oia and tourist-swarmed Fira. My friends and I hiked from Fira to Oia and stopped in Imerovigli only to fall in love with how quaint and quiet it was. Such a lovely change! Especially since the island is packed in August. These photos are so beautiful! Wish I took more during my time there but I guess that gives me a reason to return, right?!? 😀

    • Alex
      November 7 2014

      Absolutely does! I also would love to someday do the entire hike from Fira to Oia. We were way to lazy on this trip… only made it from Imerovigli to Fira, which is all downhill 🙂

  • Deb
    December 30 2014

    I absolutely live Santorini and Imerovigli is in my opinion the best place to stay. We were at the Ivonic Santorini there and it was paradise. We stayed in a couple other places and Oia was amazing too, but I think in high season it would just be too much. Imerovigli is just as beautiful with stunning sunset views but much quieter. Ahhh, take me back there please!

    • Alex
      December 30 2014

      I always love hearing my opinions validated by those even more well traveled than I, Deb 🙂 Glad you loved Imerovigli too — I don’t think I could stay anywhere else now, going back!

  • Stella
    February 16 2015

    After seeing these stunning pictures i have decided to spend most of time in Greece in Santorini and Imerovigli. Those pictures are simply awesome.

    • Alex
      February 16 2015

      So glad to hear that Stella! I hope you’ll consider Hara’s Houses. So stunning!

  • Kelly
    April 26 2015

    WHATTT this seriously looks like heaven! Those colors…I might actually be drooling. These are some seriously gorgeous photos, you’ve definitely convinced me to take a trip to Greece sooner than intended!
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    • Alex
      April 27 2015

      That’s what I like to hear, Kelly! I was thinking about this trip recently, actually… oh how I miss Greece.

  • Sophie
    April 11 2016

    Me and my partner are booked up for our first visit to Santorini in May in Avaton Resort And Spa, which you spoke about! We can’t wait and after reading your review makes me even more excited!!! Any more restaurants you would recommend or excursions for Imerovigli, Fira or Oia.

    Thanks xxx

    • Alex
      April 26 2016

      Hey Sophie! Oh, and I am jealous already — you’re going to love it! I would go back to Santorini every year if I could. I’ve written every one of my recommendations for Greece here on the blog, and you can find the entire category here. Happy travels!

  • Mark
    February 12 2017

    Your beautiful photos bring back the memories. My wife and I stayed in Imerovigli to celebrate our 40th anniversary at the hotel Absolute Bliss. Sitting by the pool or in the hot tub, drinking wine, watching the boats sail below us, with the sun setting. Unlike Fira or Oia, it was peaceful and quiet here,and the sunsets were even more beautiful because you are higher up.

    • Alex
      February 15 2017

      Wow Mark, that sounds like a magical anniversary! Congratulations on forty years of marriage!

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