There is nothing quite like Santorini. With it’s white washed churches set against the blue waters of the Mediterranean, I can honestly say that the island of Santorini met all of my expectations, and even surpassed them.
Since before I can remember, the island of Santorini has been a destination on my bucket list. I have seen a couple of movies that was filmed here and also seen several photos of it on travel magazines, ads on newspapers or TV, as it is the most photographed town in Greece after all.
From the crystal clear blue waters to the stunning white cliff side towns – everything about this tiny Greek island is spectacular.
We arrived in the old port of Santorini at 7 in the morning. Santorini is too little of a port for our ginormous cruise ship to come into so we had to be tendered in by small boats. (A ship’s tender is a small boat used to take people and /or supplies back and forth from the boat and port. Now you know.)
From the Old port,which was in the town of Fira, we rode a cable car to reach the caldera cliffs. There’s an option to take a hike or ride a donkey for 5 euros too, but we opted to take the cable car instead.
As soon as we arrived in Fira, we rode a private van to take us to the beautiful, picturesque town of Oia.
Oia- It’s pronounced [ˈi.a] or ‘ee-yah’ for those who don’t know. There is no doubt in my mind that Oia is one of the most beautiful places that I have ever seen in my life (so far). It took my breath away. Really!
Poised on a cliff with it’s white painted houses and it’s blue domed churches with white-washed walls, Oia offers fantastic views of the Caldera and the best sunsets one will ever see.
I was so happy I was able to taste the authentic baklava from Greece — it was heavenly. It was a perfect pair for my latte.
We spent the whole day enjoying the fantastic view of the caldera. I don’t think I put my camera down for even a few minutes. I just had to take all the photos that I could.
After exploring the little town of Oia, we headed back to Fira to have lunch and do some shopping.
Time passed by too quickly and before we knew it, it was time to leave the beautiful island.
This time, we decided to just take a hike down to the port. We thought it would be easy and quick. But guess what? It was a terrible idea! We should have just rode the cable car and a donkey. It was quite challenging going down since we didn’t have any sneakers on and the sun was scorching. Bad idea.
That sums up my wonderful trip to Santorini, Greece. I swear, this place is definitely heaven on earth. Oia was absolutely a dream…and my most favorite town on the island of Santorini. I only wish we had more time to enjoy it!
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