Santorini

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Santorini island, also known as Thira, by Greeks, is located in the Southern Cyclades in the Agean Sea. Thira the Greek name for the island, often gets mixed up with the capital called Fira. Consequently, it can get confusing.

Not only EasyJet, but many tour operators fly there.

Above all, it is a volcanic island and after many previous eruptions, Thirasia was separated from the main island.

Volcanic islands

Surrounding volcanic islands are called Nea and Palaia Kameni.

Similarly, there are many trips organised to the volcano [ or caldera as it is known]. Nearby, is another uninhabited island called Aspronissi, which we circled in a boat.

In fact, reports said look for a white sandy beach, on the island,  but we never saw it.

Theraputic Hot Springs

To illustrate, within the volcano inlets are hot springs to swim in, also said to be therapeutic.

Thirasia island

Otherwise, you can visit Thirasia by boat and then climb the steps. Moreover, a 145 of them, to climb to the top [ see my boat trip story and video].

Thirasia retains its old Greek traditional charm and seems like time stood still. Of course, there are many areas to visit, from beautiful Oia in the North West and Akrotiri in the South West.

Sunsets

At any rate, this island is re-known for beautiful sunsets, blue domed churches, black volcanic sandy beaches and houses that seem to hang on the cliffs.

Popular resorts

Oia near the top of Santorini Greek island is famed for its narrow alleyways adjacent to blue domed churches and sugar cuboid buildings. Each seemingly hanging off the cliffs. Famous sunsets from the kastro and, probably the most visited place.

Fira, the capital has a charm about it. In addition, it also has the white buildings, churches, cable cars, shops and restaurants.

The Capital

Fira, where the tourists arrive off the cruise ships. There are some unusual sculptures around, which make for interesting photos! [ see my pics below].

Extentions of Fira

Firostefani and Imerovigili are extensions but each has its own charm.

Imerovigili overlooks the famous Skaros rock. [ some call it the ‘nipple’]

Thiis is another favourite to walk on or just to admire the folk who walk on the top. From a distance they look tiny.

Villages

Pyrgos and Finikia are 2 lovely villages that we have visited and well worth a look.

Santorini Hotels

Our first stay was at Anemomilos hotel in Oia, and on the second, Casa Florina in Imerovigili.
It is my most favourite place in the world.

Specifically, our first visit was September 2011 and went back there in Sept 2015, as a stop over to Milos island.

Tourist beaches

Beach resort areas are Perissa and Kamares with black volcanic sand. Both are separated by a hill, called Messa Vouno.

Having not yet visited Akrotiri area, but I hope to do so one day.

Getting around

To explain: we hired a quad bike [ but didn’t like it] and then swapped to a car. However, we later found out that the buses go to most places and are very cheap.

Instead of getting a taxi on the return journey to the airport, we got the bus instead to Fira.

Take another connecting bus to the airport. Most buses exchange at the main bus depot.

Photos

When visiting be prepared to take lots of photos! Lovely coastal walks from Oia to Fira, which we have also done. For instance, it can take hours due to all the photos stops.

Ferry port and Cable cars

The main ferry port to travel to nearby islands, is Athinios and located further south from Fira. Nevertheless, Gialos is a port at the bottom of Fira for boat day trips .

For example, cable cars take you to reach the bottom or walk via the numerous steps, but it would be a climb going back up.

On the contrary, there are of course the donkeys, as an option to go up the steps. I would rather not.

Report on tourism

In detail, a report by The Guardian here. Concurrently about the concerns for this island’s ever growing tourism and the impact on the local economy.

 Santorini Greek island will always possess my heart-I hope to return again and again.