Most hotels don't look like the pictures; this one does. The El Greco is lovely and in an ideal place for exploring Fira and Santorini. The rooms are clean, airy, spacious and well maintained by the cleaners. The pool areas are nice and relaxed (though some guests leave their towels on the sun loungers all day despite not being anywhere to be seen for hours at a time- my advice, if they've been gone a while just move them and take the lounger for yourself) and the pool bar is the place to go for ice cold beers and magnificent cocktails from Pedros, Barman of Champions. This man, single-handedly, is reason enough to visit the El Greco.
The walk into Fira takes about 5 minutes (crossing the road in front of the hotel can be a bit hairy with the quad bikes tearing past!) and the first thing you hit is the Carrefour supermarket which is a good place to stock up your fridge. Beyond that lies central Fira and the Caldera which, quite simply, is spectacular and should be on everyone's list- though it's worth saving up before you get there.
The rest of the island offers more laidback options at the beach resorts of Perissa and Kamari which can be reached by bus for a couple of Euros. Further north, Oia is Fira but quieter and offers an arguably even more spectacular sunset, before giving you time to head back to the El Greco and round off the night with another of Pedros' beautiful cocktails.
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- Also Known As:
- El Greco Fira
- El Greco Hotel Fira
- El Greco Santorini/Fira
- El Greco Hotel Santorini