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Amazing scenery, friendly welcoming people. I travelled all parts of the island North to South. I visited 3 very different beaches, Red, White and Black. A visit to Fira (Thira) is a once in a lifetime experience, sitting on the terraces watching the world go by. Not to be missed is the cable car ride to the Old Port and the mule train ride back to the top. A visit to the excavations of the ancient town of Akrotiri, now reopened, gives an insight to the old way of life on the island. Santorini people are proud of their island and are only too willing to tell you all you need to know, making you part of the family. Travel is best done by quad/scooter, although buses are cheap and regular.
Breathtaking views of the sunsets from both sides of the Hotel. the rooms are comfortable and very clean. There are lots of little areas where you can sit and relax, watching the sun go down. The Gianakopoulos family are welcoming, and Diamantis is very knowledgeable of the island. Scooters and ATV's (quads) can be hired onsite, best way to see the island, although buses are cheap and regular. There is a very colourful bus stop just outside the hotel gate! Although I travelled just out of season, there is a restaurant onsite, I experienced Katy's cooking, so I know it's good!! Breakfast is served until 2o'clock, so you can enjoy that ly-in after a night at the taverna! The beds are extremely comfortable, and I had my Notebook with me, was glad to see wifi available for free! Wonderful place and lovely family, in beautiful surroundings. Can't wait to return!
Arrived at a bus stop, walked about 200m, and the WOW factor kicked in! The view of the bay was stunning, exactly as I imagined! Walking around the small white streets was a little difficult, as I have slight walking difficulties, but it was worth it, and there are many cafe/restaurants along the way! Once the hilltop streets are manoeuvered, the small shops are a cool delight, with everything from t-shirts to gold jewellery!
The cable cars to the Old Port are cheap and fun for the family! Great views of the hillside, and the blue and white churches, of which there are many! On arrival at the Old Port, there are several small 'Duty/Tax Free' shops, with small souvenir shops down cool streets. This area is very busy with cruise ship patrons, who are transported in by launches. From here the return to the top can be done 2 ways, back by cable car or by mule train! The fun way is by the mule train, well handled and well looked after! Thoroughly enjoyed this! Back at the top there are more little shops and restaurants, which are needed for catching your breath! The restaurant/shop people are friendly and helpful and the only thing to watch are the prices of food and drinks on the terrace restaurants, which are a little more expensive!
A must see!! It is exactly what the postcards show!! Most beautiful place!
There are many beaches, as this is a volcanic island many are black sand. The most famous is the Red beach which is situated at the south end of the island, close to Akrotiri. There is a small walk along the water's edge, via fresh fish tavernas, then up a few steps through the 'Delphini' restaurant, the stunning church of St Nikoloas, a little climb around the rock base and then the view opens up! Stunning. This is a popular sunbathing beach and the waters are very inviting for those who wish to swim!
Not far away is the White beach, which is accessed via boat, the only 'sandy' beach on the island! ideal for bathing!
Close by is the Caldera beach, accessed by small road next to Panarama Restaurant. This is a hidden delight, with fishing boats and authentic fishing huts! An ideal spot to watch the sunsets and the stars! Very romantic!
Another popular beach, this time volcanic black sand, can be found at Kamari. Buses run here from Messaria, a very traditional Santorini village, which can be travelled to from Fira and Perissa, by another bus. bus travel is cheap! lined with small tavernas, shops and hotels, just below the mountain, the waters are clear and ideal for swimming.
Santorini is awash with beautiful beaches, clear, warm waters and offers many watersports including diving, schools can be found in Akrotiri, fishing and sailing.
I have mentioned only a few as I wish to return to the island and explore more!
Archaeological exhibit - 4000 years old recently re-opened to the public! It is a view of ancient artifacts and buildings insitue! Anyone who loves the past will enjoy this walk under cover! Toilets and a tearoom/cafe are situated 'above' ground and are set in colourful grounds! There is a bus stop outside, next to fresh fruit seller, although it is an easy walk from Akrotiri Village. Well worth the visit!