I've stayed in Caveland for 6 days, after 2 months working in Halkidiki, and I must say that was lovely! It was my first stay in an hostel and I think I won't find better.
Once we arrived really late, we had a welcoming letter and our room key in the reception door, plus Goofy - one of the 4 dogs from the hostel - waiting for us and letting me hug him ahah. Nabil was very helpful and a nice guy that even took us to Kamari beach! He is so nice that he tries to speak your language if he can and if not we will try to learn! It was so easy to meet people at breakfast and have a good talk, that I think I should have stayed a bit longer, instead of wasting my time in Athens.
The only con I found in this hostel was the communal kitchen closing at 9 pm, even though sometimes Nabil stayed a lot longer there so we could enjoy dinner a bit later. But I bet they don't pay him for that, so we have to appreciate it even more.
As a dog lover, I felt home waking up with the dogs barking and running around the hostel, playing for hours with them and even seeing one of them jumping into the pool and swim to come to us (she didn't feel like walking around the pool so she went straight to us ahah). Even if you are afraid of dogs or don't like them you will fall in love with these because they behave so well and are so sweet... I hope Goofy already went to the vet because of his leg, it was really really bad and I felt sad seeing him hurt for so long!
I went to the volcano tour. For 19€ you visit the volcano, swim in the hotsprings, have lunch in Thirassia and visit Oia. I highly recomend it because it was a great experience to climb an active volcano and feel the heat in some spots there. Then the hotsprings were amazing too and the lunch we had delicious. Don't go on this tour with sandals or flip flops, neither with white bikini or one you love more than your life - it will be brown after the hot springs. Oh, and be aware of the rocks in the hotsprings , because you can't see them. I dind't have any problem because I was walking slowly and feeling all that peace there, but if you swim you can hurt yourself. In Oia you choose if you want to get out of the boat and finish the tour right there to see the sunset or if you prefer going back to Fira (where you actually take the boat). I'd advise you to go back to Fira because the boat stop at some spots interesting before finish the tour and to go to Oia I think you should give it a full afternoon (and visit the most amazing bookstore - Atlantis Books - and get lost in it).
Santorini is not that expensive if you know how to look for cheap places to go and if you're not a shopping addict. It is a place where you can spend a lot of money but also a place where you can spend not so much. For a portuguese person buses are way cheaper and Santorini is not more expensive than Algarve.
The hostel has great value! We stayed 6 nights in a 6 bed dorm and we payed 204€ for the two of us. If you want to relax, to get inspired, to meet travellers, come here!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Caveland is nested in an old 18th-century winery. We are situated in the best spot of Santorini island, right in its heart. We are just 20 minutes walk or 3 minutes drive from a beautiful and atmospheric capital of the island Fira Town in one of the most picturesque and traditional villages of the island called Karterados. Our complex consists of 8 traditional caves and numerous terraces with a big pool area and a bar. Daily organized dinners help you to meet fellow travelers. Swimming pool, yoga classes or tennis court will keep you in shape even on your holidays! Breakfast and wireless internet everywhere included. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Caveland Santorini, Greece