SANTORINI-VOLCANIC, ROMANTIC & BEAUTIFUL
Trip Start Oct 05, 2009
323Trip End Oct 31, 2013
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WEA THER; Sunny, clear, low 20's
We spend the next few days exploring the island of Santorini that shimmers with white buildings set into the rocky cliffs, high above the sea.
Imerovigli, where we are located is 30 minutes walk along a cliff top track from Thira, the capital through stunning buildings and offering amazing views as it is high on the top of the caldera.
Imerovigli rivals Oia for stunning sunsets and we enjoy a few. We are happy with our location and our little resort is perfect.
We take the track into Thira late one morning .We actually took over an hour to reach the town of Thira, the busy capital because we spent extra time taking in the views and admiring the architecture; don't forget to wear your sunglasses because everything is painted stark white and the relentless sunshine reflects strongly.
The donkeys are still used to walk people up from the boats that dock in the old port- 560 steps I believe, and we witnessed them at the finish of their transporting the passengers from a cruise ship and they still looked very spritely.
We didn't like Thira centre that much, very rushed and touristy but we were back the next day to catch a bus to the other side of the island to check out Perissa, the black beach; the bus station was disorganised but we found the right bus and took a trip through the island to our destination.
The beach is dominated by a large stony mass Mesa Vuonu and the black sand takes a while to adjust to; we thought it too cool to swim in the Aegean sea- wimps!
The holiday season has yet to begin so many cafes, bars and hotels are closed or in the process of renovation. We had a snack at a beach cafe but were disappointed with the "snack" menu, not really Greek food.
Back on the bus across the island and 20 minutes later in Thira, we grabbed a souvlaki and spinach pie for dinner on our balcony; walking back as the sun was setting was very beautiful and we undestood why this island has such a special reputation.
Another day we took the path towards Oia and once again really loved the views of the volcano and the little laneways and interesting architecture of Santorini.
People told us about the morning mists that come up over the ocean and supply much needed moisture to the grape vines, and other plants; we awoke early one morning to see this low cloud blocking our view of the sea!!!!
They also told us that we were lucky to have missed the cyclonic winds that blow over the island-apparently last week was quite unpleasant because of the winds. Lucky us as it is nice and calm this week with clear sunny days that are still cool enough to enjoy walking.
The island is one huge mass of volcanic lava with a history of incredible eruptions, the last in 1956 and the story of civilization here goes back 3000BC- wow!
We are off to Mykonos and Paros next, but will return to Santorini to fly back to Barcelona.