If part of the allure of travelling for you is getting to experience the culture of the place you are staying, then Giorgis Apartments is for you!! If you like a 'North American travel experience', then you're better off staying in Fira with the hordes of tourists. We just stayed at Giorgis and can't recommend it highly enough. We were greeted at the ferry port by the owner and received complimentary shuttle service to the parking lot of the "traditional settlement" of Finikia. Finikia has no roads - charming passageways connect the community and a donkey carried our luggage up to the apartments. I'm mid 50s and had no trouble, but the setting wouldn't be suitable for people with mobility issues. We arrived before check-in time, but were warmly greeted and offered coffee and cake before being taken up to our apartment. Our apartment (the studio for 2) had a private balcony facing the sea, a large, comfortable bed, a small fridge and hotplate, cooking utensils and dishes, a kitchen table, and a day bed/couch. It was a place where you could feel/be as connected or as disconnected to the world as you would like - from donkeys to having Wi-Fi in your room. The pool was a really nice amenity to come home to, and a place to meet other guests. My husband went up to the pool (Giorgis apartments is built on different levels) after an incredible day sightseeing. The owner brought out a bottle of homemade wine which led to a lovely evening with hotel guests chatting over the shared bottle of wine. Breakfast was very good by European standards - bread, jam, honey, yogurt, egg, cake, juice, coffee/tea, and the service was great. Amazing value for the money - we paid only 70Euros per night, through booking.com.
If you're concerned about the lack of a caldera view - the view is maybe 10 minutes walk away. We like to be out and about seeing everything when we travel, so it wasn't a big deal for us to appreciate the view while out walking or sitting at one of the many tavernas situated through Oia that have the panoramic caldera view.
We were only there for two days, but made the most of it - we rented a convertible Smart Car one day and drove to Ancient Thira - remarkable ruins with a series of rather remarkable switchbacks taking you to the top where the hike begins. Saw the red volcanic beach and the black volcanic beach and spent time in some small villages. Spent the other day exploring Oia which is a short walk away. An amazing weekend -
could have easily stayed a week.....or more. We were actually hoping that the volcanic ash problem from Iceland would result in our airport being closed so that we could be 'stranded' there :=)
So, if you like to support the local economy and appreciate family-run businesses with great warmth and hospitality, this could be your dream vacation.
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- Also Known As:
- Georgis Apartments Hotel Oia
- Georgis Apartments Santorini/Oia, Greece