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Santorini

Enjoy my video on Santorini OIA
Santorini is the most suggestive Greek Island. It is so beautiful that I came back twice – to see the most beautiful sunset of the World ….

Some info about Santorini  – ελλ. Σαντορινη

Santorini is located in the Cyclades islands, in the middle of Aegean Sea. Santorini is a volcanic island that faces the famous caldera.

Since Santorini is one of the most famous destination of Greece, it is very connected to all other Greek Islands and to Piraeus and there is also an airport.

The main colours of Santorini are: the black of the rocks, the white of the Cyclades houses and the green of the water.

Let’s go to my trip

As anticipated previously, I visited Magic Santorini twice ! It is so much impressive that I think I will come back this Summer ….

The first time I went to Santorini it was by boat .. I was in Paros and somebody suggested us to spend a couple of days in Santorini because it was really beautiful.

We went to a travel agency in Paros that helped us to find a studios and since it was just for 1 night they suggested us to stay in Oia – a beautiful town with view to Caldera and …. view to the most suggestive sunset in the world …..

From the port the first impression I had of Santorini it was that this Island was something different ! All the houses on top of the black cliffs seemed to be snow at a first sight !

It was August and it was very hot ! with no wind …… When we arrived at Oia I was blind due to the light reflected by the classic Cyclades white houses and the light reflected by the sea.

Our studio too was a great and nice surprise! In Paros we were staying in a very Spartan place …  and that studio in Oia was so elegant that I was afraid to enter.

 

firaFira is the main town in Santorini and it is located in the middle of it. It is close to the port and to the airport too. In Fira there is the main bus station with connection with all the places of the island.

It is a  typical Cycladic village made of charming white houses with blue windows and doors, separated from each other by small paved streets. From Fira you have an incredible view to the volcano and a very nice sunset. Most Greek postcards represent this charming town.

Fira is a very busy town – lot of tourists, lot of hotels, nice restaurants, souvenir shops and in Summer streets are overcrowded. The nightlife is amazing !

Oia is the most charming village in Santorini.  It a very picturesque village, with wonderful view to caldera. It is famous throughout the world for its impressive sunset: people start crowding after 7.00pm in order to see the most beautiful sunset of the world. I would suggest you to go there earlier at 6.00 pm and try to have a sit on the nice bars from where you can enjoy your greek coffee (caffe’ frappe’) while you are waiting for the sunset.

From Oia you can take a narrow path to go down to the port …… but do not underestimate your way back ! to go down it’s easy … to climb up it is different most of all if it is hot  …. and if there are donkeys going up and down …. a real nightmare!! Still it is a very nice experience.

Beaches

Honestly I would not suggest Santorini as Summer destination if you are looking for nice white beaches. The sea is clean but since the color of the rocks is black it is not very much inspiring.

Perissa is a very touristic village with a nice and wide beach.

Red Beach – it is the most famous beach in Santorini. The beach is quite narrow and actually it is quite difficult to find a free umbrella. This beach is so impressive due to the black and red rocks behind it that people just come to have a look at it. In order to get there you should walk for a while.

I fully recommend to see Santorini at least for a couple of days. It’s very suggestive. There are very few like Santorini in the world.

Ciao !

φιλακια

19 comments to Santorini

  • augusto

    e che dire di santorini? l’ isola più romantica del mondo al tramonto… e la più scomoda di giorno… ma very trasgressiva di notte.
    non più di 4 giorni per assaporare un po’ di cose, incluso un daiquiri al tramonto… e poi via sulle spiagge di milos oparos o mykonos o ios..
    e poi , dipende da ciò che cercate…
    si, dopo il 3^ giorno con la schiena massacrata dai sassi dlla spiaggia di kamari e dalle notti insonni (ma divertenti) via verso spiagge morbide!!!
    ma anche qui, per carità, potendolo fare, non venite ad agosto!
    incontriamoci lì in settembre!!!
    magari l’ anno prossimo… quest’anno no.. non posso , divento papà!

    • ursula

      si dai l’anno prossimo !!! diamoci appuntamento in una bella isoletta !!!! con la sabbia morbida morbida .. un mare da sogno .. e tante tavernas sulla spiaggia ….. per gustare in tutti i senti il sapore della Grecia !!
      Ciaoooo papi Augusto !!!!!!

  • Cecilia

    Ursula desearía saber si es recomendable ir en mediados de octubre a Grecia y que me recomendás hacer en 8 días, gracias
    Cecilia

  • ursula

    Hola Cecilia
    muchas gracias por leer mi blog y por dejar un comentario.

    Pasamos a tu pregunta – si quieres hacer playa mira medio Octubre puede ser un poquito tarde – las mayoría de los hoteles estarán cerrados – tienes que chequearlo con ellos.
    Jo te aconsejaría de ir a Santorini, Rodees y también Creta. Creta como está más al sur puedes encontrar aún buen tiempo para hacer un poco de playa también. Si te vas al sur de Creta tienes que ir a visitar Chrisi Island – ¡espectacular!
    Si tu viaje no es solo de playa – considera un poco de historia pues la temporada es magnífica. No hace demasiado calor y puedes visitar los sitos arqueológicos con tranquilidad. Desde Atena puedes visitar muchos sitios como Delphi, Epidauro, Micene etc …
    besitos (filakia)
    Ursula

  • Amaia

    HOla, me llamo Amaia y quiero ir a Santorini en Agosto. ¿que hotel me recomiendas que tenga bonitas vistas? me encanta pasesar por la playa antes del desayuno, ¿son todos las playas de piedrillas? ¿la que esta en Perissa como es, me recomiendas algun hotel por alli?

    Gracias

  • Amaia

    HOla otra vez Ursula, ¿en que apartamentos de Oia estuvistes tú? Estoy viendo algunos por internet con vistas preciosas pero muy caros, me encantaria encontrar algun lugar con vistas, y piscina aunque no fuese muy grande

    Gracias

  • ursula

    Hola Amaia ¡
    ¡muchas gracias por leer mi blog y dejar tus comentarios¡

    mira la primera cosa que tienes que pensar es si quieres tener
    vista caldera
    vista playa

    En Santorini no puedes haber los dos – todas la playas son del lato contrario a la caldera.

    Yo fui siempre a OIA al Kyma Villa http://www.kimavilla.com/ , que es bastante caro pero muy romántico … todo el mundo todas las tarde se van a Oia para ver el tramonto mas lindo del mundo
    Pero comprendo que las playas esta del otro lado – esto significa a una media hora de coche….. y si tu prefieres la playa cercana …. pues … comprendo …. y también es mucho mas barato que quedarte en Oia y Fira

    En Santorini las playas son de arena gris – porque la isla es volcánica. Y el mar esta un poco oscuro … siempre porque el arena no es blanca – pero el agua esta super limpia

    Santorini es mágica, y te da la gana de volver siempre ……
    un abrazo
    Ursula

  • Amaia

    Hola Ursula , gracias. Ahi sigo dudando, caldera, playa, caldera , playa…pq a mi me encnta la playa pero el paisaje que he visto en fotos de la caldera es precioso. ¿Sabes si son muy caros los taxis? ¿cuanto cobrarian mas o menos de Fira a la playa? autobuses parace que hay frecuentes ¿no?
    Muchas gracias.
    Yo soy de Bilbao, si alguna vez te acercas por aqui me dices por si te puedo ayudar

    • ursula

      Pues es que yo me quedaria a Oia o Fira, de verdad …. todas las fotos que ves de Grecia son de allí ….
      Los taxis en Grecia no son muy caros y también a cada parada puedes acordarte con la gente que espera así que puedes dividir el cuesto (en Grecia es costrumbre que si el taxi quieres se para y coge otra gente – y se fan cobrar toda la tarifas por cada cliente – así que hay que ser listos antes y ponerse de acuerdos antes
      Pero en Santorini hay muchos buses – por lo menos hasta las 12 de la noche.
      Una solución seria quedarse en Fira, que esta de media carretera de Oia y las playas y tienes vista a la caldera
      Nunca fue a Bilbao – ojalá si voy te escribo y pregunto informaciones. Yo trabajo con una chica de Pamplona
      Santorini es mágica . Te gustaras muchísimo

  • joann

    ciao, io e i miei ragazzi arriviamo a Milos per 10 giorni ma pensavo di passarne un paio a Santorini. Cosa mi conviene fare? andare via un paio di giorni prima da Milos per Santorini e poi rientrare direttamente al Pireo ma sul sito seajet il traghetto parte solo alla sera perciò arriverei alle 00.30 e dovrei passar la notte per poi prendere il volo alle 15.30. Oppure e’ meglio interrompere la vacanza a Milos un paio di giorni per Santorini e tornare a Milos? In modo che il traghetto per il pireo parta alle 7.00 e arrivi alle 10.00? mi consigli una struttura per le 2 notti a Santorini e cosa mi conviene vedere? Grazie

  • ursula

    Ciao Joann, innanzitutto ti direi di aspettare fino a meta’ maggio – magari aggiungono altri viaggi con le navi e trovi maggiori coincidenze, a voi più convenienti :
    Provo comunque a “distruggere” i tuoi piani (nel senso buono) – perché dal Pireo non andate direttamente a Santorini eppoi da li’ vi spostate a Milos ? Io vi sconsiglierei di interrompere la vacanza per poi riprenderla – fare e disfare le valigie e’ sempre noioso :)
    A Santorini io vi consiglio ovviamente di pernottare nella parte dell’isola che vede la caldera – soprattutto se la vostra intenzione e’ di rimanere solo qualche giorno.
    Io sono stata al Kyma villa ad Oia – sopra trovi il link. Imerovigli dicono che sia fantastico
    ciao !
    ursula

  • joann

    purtroppo ho già prenotato il volo Atene MIlos per questo e nato il problema non penso che lo posso cambiarlo comunque thank you very much !!!

  • joann

    ok it looks like i finally booked are vacation 20/6 arrival at atens 3pm.The 21 fly to Milos at 6am. Eight nights at Milos after a ferry to santorini where we are going to stay 5 nights before we fly back home. To do things in the best way i have some questions 1 when i arrive in Atens what can i see? Since the flight is very early is it better to stay the night in the airport? At Milos we are staying at Psaravolada do you have suggestions ? Can i book the ferry to Santorini when i get to Milos? AT Santorini i would like Kyma villa but i found out it is far from the beach but with beautyfull location the other option is villa aura marina close to Akrotir,i what do you think ? i remind you that am with my sons 15 12 and 7 years old Thanks

  • ursula

    Dear Joann
    good to know that finally you booked your holiday :)

    Concerning your stay in Athens I strongly suggest you to spend the night at Sofitel Hotel – that is right in front of the airport
    http://www.sofitel.com/gb/hotel-3167-sofitel-athens-airport/index.shtml.

    When you arrive, you can leave your luggages in the Hotel, and take the metro to go to the centre – in about 50 minutes or less you will be under the Acropolis

    Concerning your stay in Santorini – I see that you slightly changed your plans – that instead of staying a couple of days you will be there for 5 nights. Maybe I would suggest you to look for an accommodation close to the beach – like Perissa. On that side of the island you don’t have any view to the Caldera – but it is close to the beach. If you are thinking to stay at OIA – well … the view from there is simply amazing. Kyma Villa has nice apartments – all with view to the caldera and If I am not mistaken every 2 / 3 studios there is a small swimming-pool. There is no parking there – as there is no parking overall in OIA – all cars have to be left in the main square. Then you need to reach your place on foot.

    Concerning Milos I cannot help you since I staid in another part of the island – but you will love everywhere !

    Last but not least – if you do not mind I would already book the ferry tickets – just in case. Have a look at Greeka.com – you can book the tickets and they will send them to you

    ciao !

  • Για σου!

    a ver si me puedes echar una mano: estoy pensando en hacer un pequeño tour por las Cícladas, he pensado en Mykonos, Naxos y Santorini, no sé si es muy exagerado para 9 días. Mi idea es un poco de relax, cultura (piedras rotas) y vino, tengo entendido que en Santorini y Mykonos hay bodegas, ¿puedes hacerme una recomendación sobre los sitios que no me tengo que perder?

    También me gusta la idea de hacer solo dos islas, Santorini y Creta, pero he oído hablar tan bien de Creta que me gustaría tener más días (y más dinero), pero este año solo puedo hacer uno de los dos recorridos ¿cuál crees que es más interesante?

    Muchas gracias, si necesitas información sobre Andalucía o Castilla y León (Valladolid, Salamanca, Segovia…) no dudes en ponerte en contacto conmigo.

  • […] the island and what to see please have a look at the post of Santorini what I wrote some time ago http://www.sunnygreece.it/2010/santorini/We decided to go to Santorini for a very special occasion – it was our 1st year anniversary […]

  • Brenda

    Hola Urusula! Me encantó tu blog, muy lindo. El video es muy completo, una rápida pero informativa mirada a la isla.
    Tengo una amiga allí que tiene un complejo de departamentos, una especia de hostel. Son muy accesibles y muy bonitos, aquí te dejo el enlace: https://www.facebook.com/Vasilisstudios.gr

    También puedes encontrarlos en Booking :)

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