After visiting Mykonos, wet got on the ferry back to Santorini when we were going to spend another four days of holidays. This time the journey was pleasant without delays. The only downside was my partner’s forgetfulness – he left his passport in the other hotel. Typical. And I thought I was the silly one;) Anyhow, the hotel personnel did their best and made sure we got the passport back the next day which was great because travelling with just Maltese ID can be a bit difficult. We rented a car – this time more reasonable price but still more expensive than usual, and started visiting the island immediately. And yes, Santorini is as expensive as Mykonos but I believe you can find some less touristy places here. Also, the whole architecture differs a bit from the Mykonian one, not every building is blue and white, other colours are also used here. On our first day we headed to the black beach….There we enjoyed a nice lunch-upside down moussaka and then we were able to relax under umbrellas and even swim a bit. So far, I didn’t get a great snorkeling here. Mainly because we went to the beaches instead of some rocks, that’s where I usually go in Malta. Nevertheless, swimming in the refreshing sea with views of hilly Santorini is quite great. And the beach- Agios Gorgios, if I recall correctly, and the sea wasn’t really super busy so it felt really laid back and I had a chance to actually swim a bit. In Malta when you try to swim from the actual beach, it takes you ages to get to really deep water. Here, it was just few steps away, which was great. On the way back we visited small village of Pyrgos which is one of the traditional settlement with typical houses and souvenir shops as well.
Then we headed to the hotel. I forgot to mention that once we got to the hotel, we were the first one from the group and somehow, probably because of the overbooking we got the better room than we should. Instead of the standard one, we got a suite. When I heard that at the reception, I got quite excited but hold your horses. We got a suite but a really tiny one, actually it was quite amusing to step in to our room which consists of bathroom, small room with sofa and on top of it there’s a bedroom with quite steep stairs leading there. We also got the terrace which is the best of it, overlooking the pool. Because of that you can say we got the best room.
On the fourth day we supposed to go back to the standard room so I will have something to compare it with. On our 2nd day, we chilled by the pool for some time and it was so cool not having to do anything, just relax and not be in a hurry, that we promised each other to do it more often I’m Malta. Especially, that we have places like Cafe del Mar – our recent discovery – I still haven’t visited it but heard people raving about it and Medasia Playa other lidos or just simply a beach or rocks nearby. After the relaxing session by the pool we drove all the way to Oia which is situated at the opposite end of Santorini. It was quite a scenic drive and took us to a small town perched on the edge of the cliffs with incredible panoramic views of the whole island.
During our stay we also visited the main city on the island – Fira with its picturesque views, small cafes and, of course the donkeys. One can choose their way from the port – the traditional one on the back of a donkey or taking the cable car. Speaking about donkeys, there is a artisan brewery called donkey here with very tasty beers. We had an occasion to take part in the tasting and they resembled a bit our Gozitan Lord Chambray. Although, the strong one called – Crazy donkey, it’s a completely different story 😉
We also visited Santo Winery for the sunset wine tasting experience. For quite a low price, in comparison to anything else in Santorini, you get selection of wine along either some local nibbles. Definitely worth trying and during the sunset it’s one of the best places to be, although it’s better to come early or book a table to avoid disappointment.
Near our hotel there was an ancient village of Akrotiri which we Che he’d out as well. Although it seemed closer on the map than in reality, especially if you walk on 30+ degrees. Nevertheless, we visited the sure but after seeing places like Ephesus in Turkey, it is hard to be impressed..
Our last day was spent on the boat. First stop was the still active volcanic island where one could visit the still steaming volcano peaks. I passed on that because I’m not a big fan of uphill track in around 40 degrees and just chilled on the boat with a glass of wine. And from people who went there I hear that it was not that impressive and was not so different from the view seen from the boat. Then we headed to Palea Kameni to swim in the hot springs and finally for lunch on the other island- Therasia. The way back was very enjoyable with full views of Santorini and its ports.
It’s a shame it was just for one night though. And this way our Greek holidays came to an end. I’m pretty sure we will visit Greece at least one more time bit this time I want to go to somehow less touristy places and see more of real Greece. When I mentioned to the mother of one if my students , who is Greek, where I went for holiday, she replied: Santorini and Mykonos is not really Greece… So here you go, next time – real Greece. I just have to find some good flights…