May 25th, 2016
Santorini is a place of magic. I’ve seen hundreds of pictures of the whitewashed buildings hugging the side of the mountain with their perfect blue roofs – and none of them do this island the justice it deserves!
My friend from home, Stefii, decided to join me for some Greek Island hopping, and after she suffered some major flight delays, she finally arrived to Santorini. We woke up early the next morning, and our day of adventuring began! Santorini has three main towns, with a few beach towns. We stayed in Fira, which is sort of the middle point for the island. Our hotel, Villa Stella, was run by a lovely Greek family, and was located in perfect walking distance to the caldera views.
We spent the day wandering through the winding lanes, looking at the beautiful small churches that line the streets, and drinking lots of wine. Fira hugs the side of the cliffs, and it’s home to the old port, so you can see the cruise ships floating lazily off shore. The houses line up starting about midway up the cliff and then wind their way up through a maze of narrow stairways and steep climbs. If you ever visit, bring your walking shoes! It’s a bit of a hike to see the sunset from the caldera (the caldera is literally any part of the island that faces the volcano), but the colors were worth every single step!
The food. Oh my goodness, the food! We stuffed ourselves silly with greek salads, souvlaki, gyros, saganaki (a flaming Greek cheese, and my personal favorite)! After a day of exploring, we settled down for a bottle of wine at a cute little restaurant. Although it felt like we hadn’t done too much, we ended the day with 20,000+ steps and very happy stomachs! Day two was going to have a little more exploring outside of the town, but we were so happy with the beautiful views and delicious food of day one!
Next post, we head to the shores of the Red Beach.