I always start my European reviews with…Don’t take Travelers Checks to Europe they will be a nightmare to cash and if you do find someone to cash them (good luck) they will charge you a small fortune. The Efterpi Hotel is in a great location on the caldera, the views down to the water, across to the volcano and the sunsets are to die for. The hotel is very clean and Taki (Hotel manager) is great, he is so helpful. Along with the 2 cleaning staff whose names slip my mind. The breakfast is good even though it can get monotonous after a few days (we were there for 5 nights) The hotel is an easy 10-15min walk to Thira (downhill), the walk back is a bit tougher as it is up hill. But you will do it as the views are breath taking and you must do it day and night. The taxi ride from the airport to the hotel cost 20 euro including a 2 euro tip, but it is the quickest and easiest way to get there. The only complaint I have about Efterpi is the bloody power lines in front of the hotel which in certain views just get in the way. There is a mini mart just around the corner from the hotel which selld all types of things along with the most important WATER and reasonably priced, not as cheap as a super market but far cheaper than the touristy shops. Behind the hotel and on the main street is bus stop which can take you anywhere on the island along with all the cheaper eateries which are away from the caldera so no views. You will have read in many reviews that if you go back a couple of streets from the main drags things are cheaper, well in Santorini this is a given, anything on the caldera with views is super expensive and the food is not necessarily that great. My suggestion is to eat away from the caldera and then buy an ice cream and walk or sit by the caldera admiring the views and sunset. It will work out much cheaper and I guarantee you will have a much nicer and more traditional Greek meal. Getting around on Santorini is basically by bus, taxi (very expensive) or hire scooter or car. We hired a car as there were 4 of us and it is much safer. In my opinion you need a car as the island is very long and there are many places to see (Red Beach, Kamari Beach (aka Black Beach, Oia, lighthouse, ), Perissa Beach…nb all these beach charge for deck chairs and umbrellas ranging from 6-12 Euro per set of 1 umbrella and 2 deck chairs). There is also the lighthouse at one end of the island and Oia at the other, sure you can get around by bus but it takes forever. We hired our car from Cars 4 U corny name but really good price 142 euro including insurance for 5days (ask for George he is the owner), and he drove us to the airport on the last day saving us 20euro. When driving around the island make sure you stop at the remote restaurants to experience real Greek home made food, it is magnificent and way cheaper than in the touristy places. You also have to go to Moni Profitou Illia which is the highest point on the island and has panoramic views of the entire island. Oia is the place to go and see the sunset, get there early cause the vantage points fill quickly. This is a must see, don’t miss it you will be amazed by its beauty (we missed it the first time we went). Dining is very expensive in Oia unless again you move away from the caldera and the views. Oia also has some very exclusive shopping and the streets with all the shops are just beautiful. You also need to go down to the port via the cable car and I recommend coming up on the donkeys (if you can handle the smell ..), don’t do it the other way. We were in Santorini 21 years ago and to say it has changed is an under statement, Santorini is much more commercialised now so for me it wasn’t as enjoyable as the first time (I was most likely star struck the first time, as I am sure you will be) but that is not say it is not one of the most beautiful places on earth, our teenage daughters thought so. It is definitely a honeymoon island as most of the people here are couples.
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