Santorini day 3

Trip Start May 14, 2011
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Trip End Jul 12, 2011


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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Santorini, Day 3

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.  You could walk around this site for hours, but after about hour it all starts to look the same.  Interesting though, that you can still pick the homes that once belonged to the better off families.

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.  You can walk a further 100m to the very edge of the Island, but be careful because there are no hand rails or even real pathways.  Again the views are worth the drive.  From here we decided that the only thin on the map we had not stopped at or at least driven through, was Fira.  So that would be our last stop before we headed to Athinios port to catch our ferry to Crete.  Fira, is possibly the better part of Santorini for shops, pubs and clubs.  We found our selves a nice quiet little bar called the Town Club, and settled in with a couple of drinks, and free WiFi.  Here we stayed until it was time to head for the port.

So as we said earlier in our blog, you can actually see all of Santorini in 1 day.  We did it in about 4 hrs and covered about 120klms.
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