Before this summer, I last visited Santorini as a child. I distinctly remember picnicing on a black sand beach and collecting pumice stones along the deserted shore. However this must have been over 18 years ago, and with the huge amount of press the Greek islands have been getting recently I thought I’d better go back and see it once more.
The island was lovely, we stayed on a boat before so it was a change to be based on land. The beach was still black, the blue domes topped every hill and the sky was clear all day every day. I loved the fresh seafood and curated olive oils, but I was sad (selfishly) that the island was so popular now. I totally understand the hype, the weather is guaranteed, the flight is short and the people are lovely, the only hardship is you now share the beach!