Mykonos and Santorini, the Perfect Summer Getaway

Although it had been on my bucket list for a few years, this summer was the first time I had the opportunity to visit the gorgeous Greek Islands of Mykonos and Santorini.  My excitement to finally travel to this picturesque part of the world was high.  Of course I'd seen photos of these stunning locations online, and while I was a bit skeptical about whether they'd be as beautiful in person, they in fact, did not dissapoint. 

San Marco Luxury Hotel & Villas in Mykonos

San Marco Luxury Hotel & Villas in Mykonos

Our trip began in Mykonos, where we stayed at the photogenic San Marco Hotel.  Our room - a Junior Suite with a sea view - was open, light, airy, and very comfortable.  We even had a small balcony with a seating area facing the beautiful blue Aegean waters.  The hotel also had a relaxing seawater pool, two restaurants, and a complimentary shuttle service to and from town numerous times a day.

We took one of these shuttles to town, where we walked around the charming cobbled streets with its pretty shops, watched the sunset with the famous Chora Windmills, and enjoyed drinks and a delicious dinner by the water. 

Sunset by the Chora Windmills

Sunset by the Chora Windmills

Moonrise in Mykonos

Moonrise in Mykonos

After an incredible time in Mykonos, we headed to Santorini, just a short stop away by high-speed ferry.  With almost 2 million visitors annually, Santorini is Greece's most popular island, and for good reason.  Its beautiful beaches, spectacular scenery, stunning sunsets, and delicious food, make it one of the top vacation spots in the world. 

The Red Beach, Santorini 

The Red Beach, Santorini 

One of our favorite places in Santorini was The Red Beach, located in Akrotiri village.  It is truly an eye-catching sight, with its red volcanic rocks overlooking the blue sea, and shores made of colorful sand and pebbles.  Another favorite (though very crowded) area was the picturesque village of Oia.  Situated at the top of an impressive cliff, it offers a spectacular view of the island, with it's charming pastel-colored houses and famous blue-domes.  There are plenty of shops and restaurants there, though if you're looking for a more lively crowd, head to Fira where you can find the island nightlife.

From their sapphire waters and whitewashed houses to their colorful sunsets and charming neighborhoods, the Greek Islands of Mykonos and Santorini are two of the most beautiful locations in the world.  A visit to either of these islands is sure to be an incredible, memorable, and very rewarding experience.

Sunset over Oia, Santorini

Sunset over Oia, Santorini

Santorini's magical sunset (photography by Kimonas Ptiniotis)

Santorini's magical sunset (photography by Kimonas Ptiniotis)