Spring is the time to awaken your senses, to embrace nature and all of its offerings, to find “summer in the sun and winter in the shadows” as brilliantly noted by Charles Dickens and enjoy all year round pleasures in a single season. A single season, in a single island, the dramatic queen of the Cyclades, the sense-rousing island of Santorini.
Santorini’s main attraction is in fact its spell-binding natural landscape and seascape resulting from an enormous volcanic eruption. A sequence of volcanic layers forming the cliffs of Fira, the black pebbled beach of Kamari, the cliff-perched village of Firostefani, the picturesque village of Imerovigli, the Black & Red beaches and the quintessential village of Oia. Add to that the colors of Santorini in spring, the blooming flowers, the lush croplands and vineyards and you have yourself a picture-perfect setting for the most memorable spring vacation.
Delighted with the sweet aromas of spring air, walk the cobblestone alleys of Fira, visit the museums, stroll through the neighborhood of Karterados and marvel the Cycladic architecture and the traditional buildings on your own pace and convenience. Ride on a donkey all the way to Oia and pause for a moment to marvel the world’s most renowned sunset without the clapping and hordes of tourists getting in your way. Visit the scenic monasteries and streets of Pyrgos, the well-organized beach of Perissa, the traditional village of Megalochori with its Cycladic churches, the archeological site of Akrotiri with its long lasting history, the beautiful village of Messaria, the quiet beach of Monolithos and the small village of Vlychada.
If you are visiting Santorini during the Holy Week of Easter make sure to follow the rituals taking place throughout the island and especially at Megalo Chorio, the Saturday before the Holy week, at Pyrgos village on Good Friday and at the Monastery of Prophet Ilias on the night of the Resurrection where the lights from the candles and the fireworks give an extra magic touch to the atmosphere.
Feel the energy of the island by taking a day trip to Santorini’s hot springs, a tour to the Kameni Volcano and the island of Thirasia, surrender into its magic with an excursion to the Caldera, pump up your adrenaline with a climb to Ancient Thera and the monastery, explore the island’s virgin bays on a yacht, tour the vineyards and traditional wineries, ride a horse in Exo Gonia and if you dare, scuba dive and snorkel into the endless azure.
Listen to the paradisiacal silence, the peals of church bells and the church choirs signaling the beginning of the passion week along with the coming of spring, the whispering sound of the waves, the thud of the mules’ feet and the glorious sounds of nature.
Savor the season’s local goods, fresh fruit and vegetables, fine quality local wines, handmade sweets and all the specialties served during the holly week including roast lamb, Easter eggs, tsourekia and melitinia. Tickle your taste buds with authentic Greek flavors and gourmet delights at very reasonable off-season prices that will lift your senses to new heights.
Embrace the mystique atmosphere of your surroundings as you take in the sweet fragrance of spring flowers, wild flowers, poppies and daisies, the intriguing scents coming from the vineyards, the lemon and orange groves and if you do happen to visit the island on Easter week, the sweet smell of freshly baked tsourekia and melitinia and the spiced scents of frankincense.
Santorini in May or spring in general is an experience in itself. There are so many things to do and places to visit in Santorini during that time that you should simply follow your own calling or your own sense of adventure.
So, what is it that you sense?