You could be forgiven for thinking it’s tough to find peace and quiet on Santorini, one of the most popular and lively Greek islands. But tucked away on the northeast coast is a laid-back retreat where you can enjoy your own slice of splendid isolation.
Pori Beach holidays are for people who want to strip back the Mediterranean experience to its very essentials. There’s a glorious, almost surreal, dark sandy beach – a legacy of Santorini’s tumultuous volcanic past – and some of the purest, clearest waters you’ll ever swim in. A handful of tavernas serve simple, traditional meals, with fish caught that day at the sleepy port nearby and wine bottled at the vineyards just up the road. And, well, that’s about it. If you want nothing more in life than a moment of stillness between you, the blue skies, the sheer cliffs and the twinkling seas, unfurl your towel on holidays to Pori Beach.
Away from crowds of people and boats, the peaceful setting of Pori Beach makes for dreamy, Zen-like floating experiences – stick near the beach or venture to one of the neighbouring volcanic coves.
See the windmills
Up the volcanic hillside, towards the nearby village of Imerovigli, are a handful of rather photogenic traditional windmills, which are a reminder of the area’s historic agricultural roots.
Dine like a local
The restaurant scene around Pori Beach consists of a few unpretentious tavernas where you can be assured that the food and drink are made with hand-picked, fresh-from-the-boat or just-squeezed ingredients.