During our trip to Santorini, we divided our time between two villages- Oía and Imerovigli. Our first stop was Oía, located at the northern end of the island.
When researching accomodations, I hoped to find a home that was representative of the architecture found in the Cyclades Islands. Airbnb came through with The Fisherman's Cave House. It was literally the stuff that dreams are made of! As the name implies, our cave house was built into the earth - clinging to a cliff face on the caldera rim to be specific.
The interior was minimal and natural. I loved the stucco walls, the cave shower and giant stone wash basin.
And the views? They were jaw-droppingly beautiful. Seriously, my mouth was agape and I think I hugged our porter.
From our private terrace, we could gaze directly out at the Mediterranean. We spent most of our time in the jacuzzi, staring down at the turquoise waters of Ammoudi Bay or watching the crowds gather on the Byzantine castle wall for the famed Oía sunset.
Occasionally you might feel the spray from the sea or hear the tin-like sound of bells from the donkeys wandering up the footpath that connects Oía and Ammoudi Bay. The energy was magic.
Each morning breakfast was delivered to our terrace. We enjoyed espresso and Greek yogurt with Santorini peaches while feeling the warmth of the sun.
During the day, it was a only short walk into the village or to the footpath that leads down to Ammoudi Bay, yet the house felt very secluded at the tip of the island (and probably due to all the stairs you had to descend to get there)! It was a true luxury to return our accomodation during the hot August afternoons when Oía was bustling with tourists.
By far, the most special feature of the property was the front-row seat to the "best sunset in the world". I am a believer! While the crowds would gather hours in advance to watch the sunset, we would lazily wander inside to take a shower, put on our evening attire and pour a few glasses of Santorini wine. When we were ready, we would step outside to watch the sun dip into the sea from our private perch. It was so romantic and relaxing.
I am forever grateful to our host Panos for sharing this little slice of heaven with his guests.
Next stop: Highlights from the village of Oía!