Santorini day 3
Trip Start May 14, 2011
16Trip End Jul 12, 2011
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So, our last day on the island of Santorini. We thought we would hire a car and see what we had not so far. For Euro30.00 we got hold of a Chevrolet spark, a four seater hatch, with 5 speed, and 1000cc fuel injected motor. Firstly, I don't think I would like to put 4 people in this car, just our bags caused the suspension to sag about 50mm, and on the hilly territory of Santorini, we spent most the road time in 1st and 2nd gears, burning more fuel than a larger car would, and causing the engine to get so hot you could smell it in the passenger compartment. Kamari, the black beach was our first destination. We for some reason expected black sand, but instead we found it was a layer of hot pebbles. Nice place though, scattered with little resort style hotels, that you don’t see at Oia. From here we headed up the mountain to visit Ancient Thira, an ancient city of some 28oo years old and huge
Then back we went through Kamari, and on to Exo Gonia. There is absolutely nothing to see here, just keep driving. We turned onto another mountain road, Profitis Ilias, that ended at a military radar installation. There are no photos allowed to be taken from here, but the view is spectacular. So back down the mountain again we went. Through Pirgos, (This down here is all vine country, and beautiful)and on to Megalochori, we turned left at Balos Bay, and went back across the island for a look at Red Beach. There is only about 50mtrs of beach, but is nice with its red and black pebble coating. It sits below an awesome red coloured cliff. On our drive out of Balos Bay we stopped at a restaurant on the edge of the vineyards, called Zatora. While Al’ was not that impressed, I found the found to be wholesome and tasty. The prices here are about average for Santorini, except the beer, That is possiblt the cheapest I have found on the Island at Euro3.50.
After our lunch we drove on to Mesa Pigadia, there is a little light house here. This is the furthest west you can go by car on the island
So as we said earlier in our blog, you can actually see all of Santorini in 1 day. We did it in about 4½ hrs and covered about 120klms.