Le sigh. The view of Oia from Ikies is seriously breathtaking. You are situated at the end of town, so you can overlook the entire village. It's straight out of a postcard. Oia is everything the internet promised it would be!
The staff at Ikies is so incredible - they went out of their way to make our stay perfect. They helped us find great excursions during the day and made us dinner reservations every night. They are wonderful. One day we went on a sunset cruise with Santorini Sailing - this was a 5 hour trip and absolutely worth the money. We did the semi-private cruise. There were 4 other couples on board and we had a great time. The views were spectacular.
One day we hiked down to Amoudi Bay and had lunch at Dimitris. (As you can see in the picture at the bottom right....no sea creature was safe.) Then, we walked over to the little swimming "hole" that you see in the top picture in the collage below. In order to get there, you have to walk across this little stone bridge. It was not not terrifying. #worthit
I am obsessed with this little boat and the colors of the water. Siiiiiiiiigh.
We went to Kamari Beach, which is beautiful and has a fun little boardwalk area.
We visited the Domaine Sigalas winery to sample the goods. They were very good.
Oh and we ate. If you go to Greece, you may discover there is no food left. We ate Greece. My apologies. Hands down, our best meal was at Kyprida in Oia. Holy balls. It was unreal. Get the tasting menu. It's like 10,000 courses and they are all finger-licking wonderful. Also, go to Scala for the cheese and olive croquettes. Oh my *$*%*#@! word, the croquettes. The croquettes.
The rest of our time was well spent ogling the views and wandering through charming Oia. I'd read a lot of forums and blogs about Santorini and a lot of people seem to think that any more than 3-4 days in Santorini is too much. Holy cow. We could not disagree more. We stayed 8 nights (4 in Imerovigli at Aenaon and 4 here in Oia at Ikies) and if we could think of a business that we have the skills to open that would thrive there, we would stay forever.
Landscaping by Dr. Seuss!
I'll be back soon with part 3 - Naxos!