Usually I don’t mind crowded places, because my curiosity helps me to find stillness and quiet places everywhere. When I visit a place I have to walk its streets, take its pulse and I just love to observe the local residents in their ordinary lives, buying groceries, talking to their neighbours, even cleaning or just chilling. Therefore I enjoy when I discover locations, where you can feel the heartbeat of normal life and the character of its people. Beyond the tourist postcard there’s a whole world to be discovered, a world full of small ordinary details. At first sight Santorini might seem as a real challenge when trying to get to know the real character and soul of this beautiful island and its wonderful people, but it is still possible to find quiet places, where you will be able to breathe that greek life feeling and stroll through empty narrow alleyways. Yes, there is a different Santorini in some villages, a more rural authentic one, a face of Santorini I have felt in love with. These are places like Pyrgos or Emporio, where you can find a balance to the busy and crowded tourist attractions like Fira or Oia. Don’t get me wrong, Oia is full of beauty and it’s a pleasure to enjoy the stunning views to the Caldera. However I have enjoyed so much being able to go everyday for a walk in the beautiful Pyrgos, the peaceful ambience of the cozy villa we stayed in, talking to the locals, having breakfast at Brusco, one of the village cafés, with its more than lovely welcoming staff, and very specially feeling the greek hospitality, which was nothing but amazing. I am so happy to have chosen Pyrgos as our place of accommodation. Our stay in Santorini couldn’t have been better.
Ευχαριστώ, Santorini, for many wonderful summer memories.