We have been back from Santorini aprox 4 days!!!!!
My favourite day of our holiday was the volcano/hot springs boat tour.
It is a long day, but well worth it!
We went to a museum about akotori as it was closed for th summer!! but we really enjoyed the museum and I would recommend this to anyone who wants to go to Akotori. The museum was in Fira. I think a good guide was well worth it and feel that it set the scene for the boat trip. You get a knowledge of the island and the significance of the volcano.
We then got the boat from Athinos port, then went over to the volcano, You approach the volcano and moor up with the other boats and commence a gradual approach up the volcano. It was not too steep. There were women over 60 and small children walking up. The climb was not too difficult however i would recommend wearing sensible shoes (i.e not sandals). When you get to the summet you are standing on land that was created in the last 50 years. The ground was steaming when the guide dug a hole.
You can see the effects of several different eruptions in what can only be described as masive lumps of black, red and grey lumps of pummice and rock.
When you get to the top and used a little amount of energy you feel happy that you took the time out to do so. (an american woman once i got back on the boat did not get off the boat, her children were full of what the volcano was like. She really did mis out).
Santorini from the volcano is beautiful, like white little crystals on the Red and black rocks.
From the volcano we went on the boat to the hot springs. As we approached we were told that if you wanted to go in the hot springs, you must swim to them. This was only for approx 50m. It was well worth it!! we all jumped laughing at each other.
As we swam, the water became more orange.( It stains your bikini, so dont ware a white one or your favourite one!!!)
As we got further in, the water became warmer!! people were chatting to each other and generally having fun as those on the boat were watching ( wishing they had joined in the fun).
We then were called back to the boat, to go onto Therisa. I personally did not enjoy Therisa. The bottom at the port was full of cafes, which were there to get the trade from the visiting boats. This area was small and did not resemble the feeling of the rest of the island. People did walk to the top, but it was steep and i was saving my energy to get up to the top at the next drop off in Oia. ( I do wish that I had walked up to the to, part of me feels that I will do it again when I visit santorini again)
We then got on the boat to Oia, where we got off at the port to walk up 290 ish steps to the top. This was not an easy walk!!! If you could not make it up the volcano, you would nver make it up to Oia.
You can go up by Donkey, but that looked too easy. When you get to the top you are really in for a reward for your efforts!!!
We went to the most northerly point to watch the sunset. This is the best point to watch it from. We sat by the windmill, and sat and watched the sun set. We were there with thousands of other eyes all waiting and enjoying the beautiful sun set into the sea. We sat chatting with american back packers, couples from Germany, and a group of friends from Holland.
This was our favourite day!!!!! ( what else were you planning on doing) this is definitely not a waste of a day!!!. for 28 Euro, you can judge for yourself.