Aaaaand we’re at Day 3! We visited a museum today in the town of Akrotiri, and learned a lot in the process. Deep nod
Why hello there Akrotiri, I didn’t know you were prehistoric like the dinosaurs. 😉 Hahah just kidding. But yep the National Archaeological Museum is located at Akrotiri, do visit if you have the chance!
The museum is actually an archeological site that is still being excavated as we speak. Or it might have stopped. For a while again. So apparently, the digging works have been stop-start for many years now, due to lack of funding. The last time works were stopped was because of the financial crisis that plunged Greece into heavy debt. Oh ye bad bad bankers..
Ancient toilet-bowl alert! Hint: It’s in the alcove further away from you in the pic
After an hour or so wandering around the museum, and listening to cool stories from the guide (There was one about the original archaeologist who discovered the site. Apparently he fell into a deep hole and died, so there is a cross that marks the spot where he fell), we left for the Red Beach of Akrotiri!
The Red Beach is called as such because of the color of the rocks surrounding the beach. It’s actually a small beach, and can get quite crowded easily.
Pretty church bells we saw as we passed through a town on the way to Kamari’s Black Beach.
We had lunch at Restaurant Kouzina directly opposite the Black Beach.
The fried eggplants were good, but the moussaka didn’t taste good at all. We had much better ones back at Fira/Firostefani.
Luckily the grilled calamari was fresh though!
After lunch we went to the beach for a short walk. As you might have guessed, it’s called Black Beach because of the color of the sand! Well, its not exactly sand I think, but more of the volcanic ash that settled after the volcano erupted many years ago. Compared to the Red Beach, this was a much larger beach, and didn’t feel as crowded even though there were many people. We left for the highest point of Santorini after spending about half an hour or so at the beach.
Spectacular panorama views from the top of Mt Kamalos. We even saw planes taking off and landing at Santorini’s small airport haha. After snapping some pics, we made our way to our next stop, the Santo Winery!
We were led on a guided tour of the Winery, and even got to see their cellar, where the wines were stored in caskets.
And of course, we got to sample some wines!
I really enjoyed the great view as I tasted the wines haha. So good to be able to chill with wine and such a view.
We made our way back to Fira after that, and headed to Taverna Naoussa for dinner. We had made a reservation beforehand, which is a MUST, as this is a super popular restaurant. They serve good food and command an awesome view of the caldera as the sun sets.
We were never disappointed by how beautiful the sunset is.
Just. Wow. Really.
Spinach pies that look like samosas! They tasted good, stuffed with veg and cheese.
The best moussaka we had so far on Santorini. Creamy, with just enough cheese, and tasty meat. two-thumbs up
Seafood pasta. The seafood was fresh, and you can’t go too wrong with pasta haha. We had some other dishes as well, but none were as memorable as these 3.
Pretty night view of Fira and Firostefani along the caldera. I told you this restaurant has the best views!!! Hahaha. We chilled after our meal, and continued admiring the view, and only returned to our accommodation later in the night.
The next morning, we had some time to spare before our flight to Mykonos, so we went to Chillbox for more awesome Greek yogurt.
Yay Greek yogurt! 🙂
We also went to this really good breakfast place at Fira, called Corner Crepes & Waffles.
It might look like it doesn’t have much to offer, but they serve really mean crepes!
We also ordered a milkshake and fresh orange juice, which were both delicious.
Summary of Day 3:
- National Archaeological Museum
Red Beach Akrotiri
Black Beach Kamari
– Mt Kamalos
- Santo Winery
Dinner at Taverna Naoussa
Day 4 Morning:
Corner Crepes & Waffles