Santorini is a beautiful Greek island that I had the opportunity to visit in Aug last year. I will always remember the beautiful sunsets and awesome caldera views. And of course, I’ll be back someday in the future! 🙂 The summary of my itinerary is at the end of every post, so if you’re just interested in finding out my itinerary, scroll all the way down! Although I do highly recommend you read my entire post of course! 😉
The houses on Santorini are built along the caldera, and as you walk around the edge of the caldera, the views are simply amazing.
These few shots are from different angles, and you can probably guess now that we spent the morning walking along the edge of the caldera!
We walked from Fira to Firostefani, and it was an uphill incline, as Firostefani is situated further up the mountain.
And here you can see how some people get up and down the steep inclines haha. Via donkeys of course! On a side note, the donkeys pee and shit all over, so be careful where you put your foot! :p
If you arrive via ferry at the Old Port, there is also a less tiring and smelly option to get to Fira. What do I mean? By cable car! 🙂
You get a pretty good view of the caldera as well, although I’m not too sure how much it costs, as we did not take that during our time there.
After a good 1.5h of walking under the hot sun, we felt sufficiently tan, and by then we had arrived at Firostefani! Please do not be alarmed however, it does not normally require 1.5h of walking to get from Fira to Firostefani! :p If you follow the main road from Fira to Firostefani, you’ll probably only require 20-30min of walking uphill (not too steep, don’t worry!). It only took much longer because we walked along the caldera haha.
We chanced upon this little restaurant at Firostefani, which overlooked the caldera, and had magnificent views. You can see the sign in the top right corner of the pic.
Quaint little tables heh.
Pretty white houses lining the caldera! 🙂
Refueled with a crepe and ice lemon tea. The iced tea was sooooo gooooood. Or maybe it was because we were dehydrated from our long and tiring walk hahaha. We had also arrived on a night flight mind you, so we were very tired. I think we had to transit (1-2h) at Copenhagen, as our point of departure was Amsterdam. We only reached Santorini at 6am yawn, although we had left the day before around 6pm I think.
SOUVLAKI! I really love souvlaki. My love for it began when I visited Athens (great place!) in 2013, and bit into this cheap yet awesome thing. We found this shop somewhere further up from Firostefani, along the cobbled path, and it was great, although not as awesome as the one I had in Athens. It was only 2.50euros (S$3.70) I believe, a steal in my opinion. 😉
We checked in after our late brunch/lunch, and went to wash up and rest a while. We stayed at Villa Fotini during our time at Santorini, and you can read more in my review in another post! 🙂
We headed down to Fira after lunch, and went for a snack/dessert at Chillbox! They serve yummzilicious yogurts with a smorgasbord of toppings you can choose from mmm. Sorry for the horrible pic, I ate most of it before remembering to take a pic. 😦
We then made our way to the bus terminal nearby, where you can find buses to towns all over the island. We hopped on the bus to Oia (one-way tickets are 1.60euros/S$2.37), as it was already around 5pm, and we wanted to be in time to catch the sunset at Oia.
Of course, we stopped by at Lolita’s Gelato once we arrived at Oia. The shop is close to where the buses drop you off, so it should be quite easy to find. And contrary to its name, there is absolutely NOTHING kinky about the gelato. Or the shop. Well, unless you find that awesome gelato turns you on, then maybe… Haha ok but back to the gelato, it was one of the best I had ever tasted yum! 🙂
We headed to the best spot to catch the sunset at Oia after our eating our gelato. And passed by one of many churches on the island! There are many beautiful churches dotting the island of Santorini. 🙂
Turns out we were not alone in our quest, and it was quite easy to follow the crowd there haha.
Well would ya look at that. Hahaha yep almost every available spot is taken up by sunset-seekers. :p
And yes, we got what we came for.
Simply awestruck by the magnificence of God’s creation. 🙂
And as the sun disappeared beyond the horizon, everyone ‘awwww-ed’ haha. We headed back to the Oia bus stop and caught a bus back to Fira, where we then had dinner. The place we had dinner at was rather forgettable, so I won’t be talking much about it haha.
Summary of Day 1
- Explore Fira & Firostefani
Walk along the caldera from Fira to Firostefani
Chillbox yogurt & Souvlaki
Sunset at Oia