Looking north over Thirasia from near Kera

If you are on Santorini for a vacation, take the time to visit Thirasia, and not just with the tourist boats if you can. It is like stepping back in time as long as you get out of the port of Korfos where all the tourist boats stop. Walk up to Manolas and it is like stepping back in time. I first visited Santorini 38 years ago and on Thirasia, nothing has changed. Stop in t the Panorama restaurant and enjoy the best traditional food that you can  have had on the islands. If you just want to have something to drink, Yiannis, the owner and cook has no problem with that. Just sit there and enjoy the fantastic view. It is not called Panorama for nothing.

There is another way to get to the island other than the tourist boats. You can take a small ferry from the port of Amoudi (Oia) over to the port of Riva nad take the bus up to Manolas. It goeas at 08:00 and 12:00 and the last one back is at 05:00. It costs €1.00 each way. 

While doing a book on Thirasia and needing to spend one night on the island, I stayed at 'Zacharo Rooms For Rent', better known as 'Jimmys'. It is the only hotel on the island. Jimmy and Roula are two of the nicest people you can ever ever meet and the peace and quiet at night will lead to one of the best nights of sleep you can ever have. The sunsets and sunrises on Thirasia are fantastic. If you spend a whole day there, you can walk to some of the 21 churches on the island. Walk to Kimissi Monastery at the southern tip of the island. The views over the caldera are fantastic and give you a very different perspective of the island group. On the way back, stop off in the abandoned town of Kera and climb up to Profitis Ilias. The view from the top is breathtaking. There is a lot to see, but make sure you have good walking shoes and lots of water.