I got to go to a Greek wedding in Santorini and it was one of the best experiences ever. The Greeks know how to party and with a backdrop of beautiful Oia, it was perfect.
There is a reason why Santorini is filled with tourists at all times of the year: it is absolutely beautiful. The colors against the white buildings, sitting on the cliffs overlooking the water. The sunsets are like nothing ever seen before. It may be overridden with tourist, but it is a must for anyone traveling to Greece.
Oia is the picturesque town that is in so many photos. Definitely make sure to visit the town during sunset. But the rest of the island shouldn't be ignored either. Fira is the larger town and is where you can capture a photo of Oia with the sunset in the background.
From Oia, you can walk down to the Bay of Ammoudi where you can get fresh seafood pulled right from the ocean.
The best advice I got in Greece was to make a stopover in Paros on the way from Athens to Santorini. With little time, we were only able to stop over for about 6 hours. I wish I had more. At the ferry port, we headed into one of the many car rentals and got ourselves a one day rental for 30 euros. From there we headed to Naousa, a little village on the water with picturesque white buildings.
From there we continued inland to the town of Lefkes. Before heading down into the town, we stopped for lunch at Flora Taverna for lunch. The food was fresh and delicious and the views were spectacular.
From lunch we headed down into town which was made up of small stone streets and flowers flowing along the white stucco houses with colorful doors.
I have a desire to return to Paros and further explore this gem. If you are on your way to the islands from Athens, make sure to at least stop on the island and you'll be pleasantly surprised.
Greece may be in a financial crisis. The uncertainty covers the country in layers. Euro or drachma? Austerity or default? EU or no? What is clear is that Greece needs the support of tourism more than ever. Don't be scared to travel to the country. You will only find kind people, a bustling culture, and delicious food.