Santorini

Clearly the last 24h has been a blog-a-thon for me. Phew! The weather in Kos isn’t too nice at the moment (cloudy and windy) so blogging time!

We arrived in Santorini at 4am in the morning after our ferry was delayed for 4.5 hours. Luckily our hostel had a free of charge pick up from the port and along with about 10 other exhausted travellers we were driven right to Perissa beach in Santorini. By the time we woke up and got ready it was already close to 3pm so it was Beach Day!

I need to give a shout out to the hostel : Anny’s studios. Our 2 bedroom studio was only 21 Euros a night and had a balcony, kitchen, and washroom. The place even had a pool and literally 30m away from Perissa beach. And a cleaning lady came every day! We loved that place so much we extended our stay in Santorini from 2 nights to 4!

Anyways, since our hostel was so close to Perissa beach we just laid there for our first day. Perissa beach is particularly nice because the sand is black. The waves were pretty big on our first day there so M and I went body surfing. Turns out the big waves were due to a storm coming our way.

M getting wiped out:

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The next day the weather wasn’t so nice but we decided to rent an ATV anyways and explore the island. We were debating between renting a scooter or an ATV and it was lucky we choose the later because later when it was raining the ATV felt a lot safer/sturdier on the road.

Fira, the capital of Santorini:

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We are glad we didn’t stay in Fira because while it is gorgeous the place is 100% catered to tourists. Every building is either a tourist shop, hotel or tourist restaurant. Also the place is packed with day trippers from cruise lines and other tourists. On the day we went to Fira there were 4 big cruise ships! Santorini as a whole island has a population of 15,500. An average cruise ship has 3000 passengers, so there were 12,000 day trippers just cramming into Fira alone!  The cruise ships use the old port of Fira which has no road access to it since its too steep. The only way up is by donkey up 600+ stairs or cable car. We didn’t do this route but it looked strenuous. After visiting Fira we explored around the island for the remaining days and suntanned.

Santorini is an island of beach, sun and relaxation. Here are so shots from around the island:

If I lived in Santorini, I would invest in the white paint business:

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The white and blue churches of Santorini:

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Windy day:

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Hiking up to Old Thira ruins, view of Perissa:

Looking over Perrisa beach

Santorini is famous for its sunsets:

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A 50cc ATV does not go ‘zoom zoom’ up a hill, it actually goes ‘put put put’ at 18km/hour.

zoom zoom on a 50cc atv (no power at all)

Santorini is such a famous island, you always see photos of Fira or Oia when one mentions Greece. I have always wanted to actually see the whitewashed houses for myself to see if it is actually as pretty as the postcards and IT IS. SANTORINI IS GORGEOUS.

Travel tip: if arriving to Santorini by boat, it would be wise to book a hotel with free transfer service any time of the day. (Many hotels and hostels offers this). There is only one bus from Fira to the port 1 hour before boat departure. More often than not, the boat is delayed.

2 thoughts on “Santorini

  1. My husband and I will be in Santorini for a month in October 2013. Thanks for the great post. We’re very excited – headed out soon on our 12 month journey around the world! Great photos. Can’t wait.

    1. Have fun! The planning phase is way more stressful than the act of travelling. (Mostly due to anticipation & second guessing yourself if you made the right choice). But once you go, you will never look back 🙂

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