Be an AirBnB pro in Santorini – cook amazing dishes
AirBnB is a great way to save on travel costs,
that’s nothing new. And Santorini is no exception, you get all types of airbnbs
ranging from very simple rooms to exclusive house locations with views, privacy
and great interiors. I’m quite saure there’s something for everyone on there.
What people forget is that you can actually cook at your Santorini home and that would be one more way to bond with your travel partners. Santorini has some amazing markets that offer fresh local produce and I would say cooking authentic Greek dishes here is a breeze. So here’s some simple hacks on how to eat amazing food every day for a fraction of what it would cost in a restaurant!
fish. Santorini is one of the best places for Greek
seafood. The problem is that the demand for the local restaurants is so high,
that the prices have skyrocketed recent years. You can easily grill your own
fish in your AirBnb and it will be no different. Any fish market will sell you
extra fresh fish, my recommendation would be Tsipoura – a nice white fish, very
traditional for grilling in around here.
Simple Greek Salad. This is a classic, of course. And the best part about Greek salad is that it is so damn simple to make – the secret lies in combining the fresh ingredients. Just head to the local store and buy some feta, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers and whatever else your heart desires and mix it together. Optionally add some grated cheese on top for some kick and you’re done – simple as that! You can also just pay attention to the exact ingredients of your favorite Greek salad and recreate it.
Greek Fava. Another classic around here – very filling and heartwarming dish that’s easy to make and has few ingredients. Here’s a great recipe.
Desert – fruit with Greek yoghurt and local honey. One of my solid favorites that basically requires no cooking at all. Buy your favorite fresh fruit in the local bazar, have some nice Greek yoghurt (Total yogurt) to go with it and top it off with some extra sweet honey from the local street sellers you will see around Santorini villages. Heaven!
A lot of the Greek cuisine is very simple, that is the charm of it. And of course, this is a chance to have a glass or two of great wine and connect with people over some great cooking. :)
Santorini has a pull like no other place, it has a power
to bring lovers from all over the world to enjoy its magical sunrises and
sunsets over the Caldera while the Aegean Sea waves gently wash the sandy
beaches. And this time I had the honor to meet yet another amazing couple all
the way from Hong Kong.
KiHo & Wynnia came here for a lovely getaway from the
busy city life and found themselves enjoying every second together. I really
could see the love in their eyes as we headed towards our photo locations –
they were so gentle, and so hopelessly in love.
I hope these pictures capture at least a part of the special aura that surrounds and recharges them every day.
Practical tips on how to get the most out of your Santorini off season
Santorini weather is often a mystery – there
are contrasty warm and cold days during off season, and that usually makes
couples pretty confused about what to wear on shoot day. Fear not, here’s some
tips from a Santorini photographer!
Let’s begin with defining the off season – I would say it’s the winter months from December till March. That’s the time when the weather gets a bit more chilly, and you can take advantage of no crowds of tourists to really explore the whole island of Santorini and it’s small villages and streets. Not to mention it makes for beautiful romantic photoshoots!
The main thing to remember is not to rely on stable weather. It’s really so unpredictable that it might be 18 or 4 degrees outside during your trip. So just be ready and bring a warmer layer of clothing for an unpredictable temperature drop. Dressing in layers is a really good idea for this season, because you can easily adapt by just removing a layer of clothing if it gets too hot.
If you’re one of the couples facing a really
cold shoot day, no worries – the weather is still sunny most of the time, so
you can wear your flowy dresses etc., just make sure to take a jacket to wear
in between locations for maximum comfort. And you can always rely on a cup of
hot coffee to get you warm fast ;)
And the last thing to keep in mind is planning. Since the
weather is really fluctuating these days, it is best to plan the time of your
photo session in the beginning of your trip. This way you can always reschedule
if there’s some unpredicted weather change.
Hope this helps, see you in Santorini soon!
Santorini photo sessions in low season with Anna Sulte
couple of couple travel tips for Santorini, Greece
The little island of Santorini in Greece is
the perfect romantic couples getaway. Each year thousands and thousands of
lovers rekindle their love over gazing into the sunsets over the Mediterranean
That being said, there’s a lot of stuff to do
here, and you might quickly be lost, especially if you come for a shorter
period of time. No worries, today we’ll look at some highlights.
You HAVE to see the sunsets. There’s so many spots that light up around the time when the sun goes down and the whole vibe of the island changes. So get out of your hotel, even if you don’t feel like it. :)
Invest in a boat ride. The Santorini boat tours give you a whole new look at the island, especially if you’re feeling like you’ve seen it all already. Plus it is a true adventure for the both of you.
Try and not have a super structured down-to-a-minute schedule. Remember to enjoy the carefree moments in each other’s company. Breathe deeply, enjoy the sun and feel the wind on your skin. Seeing places is nice, but take a look at each other more.
And make sure you capture the memories, these trips will be something to remember and talk about, as life gets a bit too hectic at times. And if you need some help, I know someone, wink wink. But seriously, there are times when a blurry snapshot says more than can be put in words.
This year has been a roller coaster. I got to wake up before sunrise, shoot in crazy winds and say ‘hello’ to the magic of city lights. So fun getting to work with new clients and old. Really really grateful for this journey and a big thank you to anyone who has let me into their life to document all these beautiful moments.
Engagements, proposals, post-wedding and anniversary photo sessions by Anna Sulte, photographer located on the island of Santorini.
Being vegan is easier in certain parts of the world than others. Everyone has their favorite vegan treat, but when it comes to travelling, it’s certainly more challenging. No fear, today I’m sharing some Greek vegan food hacks – really nice meals you can have right here on the island of Santorini!
Gemista are vegetables, usually tomatoes,
zucchini, bell peppers or egg plant filled with rice. It is a very heart
warming and filling dish that highlights some of the best mediterranean flavors
and makes use of our fine olive oil. One thing to remember – ask if these are
vegetarian, some taverns like to put a bit of meet in theirs.
This one follows pretty much the same
stuffing logic, but makes use of something more exotic – the rice and herb mix
is stuffed in a fresh grape leaf. Perfect chance to try out something new ;)
Basically these are oven-baked vegetables
with a mediterranean twist – the herbs and spices used on them differ a bit
from place to place, but you can be sure it takes out the best in the
vegetables they are baking at the time of the year.
Greek salad hack
Everyone knows about Greek salad, of
course. But the problem for vegans is one of the main ingridients – Feta
cheese. But guess what, Greek salad is pretty fine without it! They will gladly
exclude it, if you just ask.
Some bakery options
Of course, this depends from the place,
but the two vegan things that are pretty much always there are spanakopita and
kuluri. And then you can of course always ask for any other vegan options, and
depending on the season you’re visiting they’ll have two or three more treats
So these are the essentials for any vegan
coming to Santorini. Let me know if you can think of some more!
Logan had been planning this one in secret for quite a while. And what can I say, of course it pays off! We had been going back and forth with some secret insider info and when the time came everything fell into place.
And I’m so grateful to be able to help and be a part of their special moment. I really hope these images are able to freeze at least a bit of the special vibrations in the air that day. They were truly radiant and gorgeous.
When they left for their dinner with views of the Santorini Volcano, I still felt so warm and happy for them.
Safety warning – watch out for snakes in Santorini!
This will be just a quick update about an important topic that you guys should be aware of.
In recent years zoologist have released poisoned snakes in Santorini to keep our nature intact. These snakes are enjoying the warm climate here and have spread quite a lot.
This particular snake is called Ochia, and it’s pretty widespread in Greece. Their activity period is around Spring, so you should definitely be more careful when going on some hikes around the island. Their color is very much like the grass and branches so keep your eyes open. They are not aggressive, but they like to hide under some rocks or come out in the heat of the morning sun on hiking paths where there’s less grass.
If you’re unlucky to get bitten by any snake in Santorini, first thing you do is try to remember the details about its appearance (or even take a photo if possible) and then visit the local veterinarian or hospital for an antidote. These snakes are not deadly but they sure can cause some pretty heavy discomfort, so please do that in at least 3 hours to be on the safe side.
It’s a little known fact, but Santorini actually has some of the most unique wineries in whole Greece. The reason for this lies in the origin story of the island – this small island in the Aegean Sea was actually created through a volcanic eruption and most of its land was born from molten lava mixing with the sea bottom and water minerals. This makes it one of the most interesting places to grow grapes that can be turned into a wine that still carries some special taste in each sip.
Now the wine is great of course, but what you have to know is that not all wine tours have been created equal – the offers you get in Santorini range quite a bit in terms of price and experience they offer. The best way to go about to finding your perfect tour is doing some actual research before – walk around and ask for prices (or use the good old Google), and also drop by some online review sites like Tripadvisor – they have been a great help for me for all kinds of tours and restaurants, and since these tours can get a bit expensive it is a good idea to spend those extra five minutes to double check.
The two of the major places I can recommend looking into are Boutari Santorini and Santo Wines – both are well established and nice places that have good reviews and customer satisfaction. So these are a good starting point if you’re looking for a good time and want a general overview of what Santorini has to offer in terms of wines.
Also while we’re at it, I should mention that there’s actually a Wine Museum in Santorini – if you’re into wine and want to get deeper knowledge about how and why Santorini is a special place to enjoy some fermented grapes, this is definitely the place for you to visit.
Sunsets in Santorini are a big deal. When the time comes, everyone heads out to their secret spot to watch the sun slide into the Aegean Sea. And it’s totally understandable – the island envelops in the magical golden hour light and it’s truly magical.
Of course, it is beautiful on any corner of the island, but some spots are more beautiful than others in this time. And today is your lucky day, because I have some to share :) Here’s some Santorini sunset spots that I often use for photographing or just chilling with some good wine:
Church of Prophet Ilias in Imerovigli
Akrotiri light house
If you have the time, why not stop by a new place every evening? Start with these and you won’t be disappointed for sure. Just type this in your favorite navigation device and head on an adventure! As for things to do, some like to do a small picnic, others bring a bottle of wine and that special other (and a camera of course).
The kinds of sunsets here make you appreciate the people you are sharing them with. Because that is what truly matters.
Jetlag has its pluses sometimes. I met this lovely couple even before sunrise. As we walked the empty streets of the busy tourist season Santorini waiting for the magical morning light, I felt that this is going to be a special one.
No daytime heat, no curious bystanders, just the couple. Sadaf and Saad could let go and be themselves and I think it really comes through in the final pictures. I hope their sweet tenderness towards each other comes through at least the slightest bit, they truly have a magical presence.
Santorini is a place known for its scenic landscape with traditional Greek buildings on the Caldera and it attracts thousands of tourists every season. With that comes some pretty standard ways of enjoying what the island has to offer. But there are alternatives.
If you’re looking to strand off the beaten path a bit and do things differently and are looking for more of the authentic island life, this is for you. Tourists usually flock to Oia and that’s for a reason – it has most of the scenic architecture and little churches that couples love. It’s a great place to visit, but the crowds of tourists might ruin your vibe a bit in the busy season.
What you can do is to look at smaller, not so popular villages like Emporio and Pyrgos – these are places where you will meet locals more frequently and see people living a simple and sincere life – if you visit a cafe, you can be pretty sure that it is frequented by locals. Or you can set on your own little adventure equipped with fresh Greek produce and wine (of course) and head to a spot on the Caldera and then end the day with a magnificent sunset view from one of the rooftops in Akrotiri just to meet the sun early next day on a peaceful beach walk.
If you’re feeling adventurous, you can always find ways to enjoy places a bit differently than the crowd and find your own little diamonds on the island and connect with locals and your fellow travellers on a different level. And above all, remember:
”The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” (Marcel Proust)
JET LAG IN GREECE – A PIECE OF PRACTICAL ADVICE TO MAKE IT MORE BEARABLE IN SANTORINI
Ahh jet lag – if you have ever taken one of those long half-globe flights, you probably feel sick at just the thought of it. That feeling when you live in a different time zone than everyone else around you is certainly not a fun thing. But there are ways to make it better and get it over with sooner. Today I’ll share some of my perspective for people coming to Santorini, Greece.
Don’t worry – this is not an article of some miracle cure that will banish your jet lag altogether. Sadly, it’s not possible – both you and me know that. This is an experience you just have to bear through before starting your big travel adventure in another country.
What you CAN do, though, is planning. It is key not to have anything crazy planned for the first day or two, you’ll just won’t be able to do much anyways. What I advise for people coming to Santorini is actually not to hurry here. When you land in Athens, just stay there for a couple of days. It is a great city and it will welcome you with open hands. Get a nice, quiet hotel room and try your best to plan active cafe trips during the Greek daytime and sleep tight during night. I think the vibrant city life can actually help you out with staying up longer and adjusting faster.
Moreover, you want to take in Santorni in all it’s glory. The island won’t disappear anywhere and it will be way better to be truly here from day one! Otherwise, you risk falling into the endless routine of sleeping on the beach under an umbrella and lying awake in your Santorini hotel room for days.
Santorini is a magical place and I can assure you that it’s worth it. Hope to see you here soon!
The other day I met the nicest couple from Singapore – Andy and Christy. From the very first seconds I could see that they share a very special connection. We met up in Oia and head on to Imerovigli.
And oh boy, do they look good together. These two hours flied by in seconds, it was truly a great experience. Here are some shots, I just hope that they do this wonderful couple justice. They have an aura of their own in their presence.
For me it’s always such a joy to meet loving people from other cultures – it teaches me that love is universal and even though we’re so different in the ways we act and experience our cultures, we still all love the same way. Singapore has become this special place for me and I have a deep admiration of their culture.
It’s always heartwarming to hear something back from the couples:
Hello Anna !
Thank you for v being such an amazing photographer and making the shoot so comfortable! We love the photos very much! Thank you! Will def recommend you if any of our friend need any