On our last day on Santorini we started the day with a visit to the archaeological site of the prehistoric village of Akrotiri. The port city with its impressive buildings was captured in time by the layers of pumice and volcanic ash from the eruption of the volcano in the late 1600's BC. This model shows the ongoing discoveries made in this working museum.
We were very impressed by the facility. They've done a wonderful job of making the site accessible and interesting to see.
After our time there, we headed to the nearby Red Beach to explore - now that I had better footwear on. To reach the beach, you have to climb down a bit of a precarious path.
The sign at the top says that the path is closed and too dangerous to walk on, but then there is a rope to guide you with advertising for a snack shop at the bottom. We didn't feel like we took too much of a chance going down there!
The beach takes its name from the red cliffs of volcanic rocks that encircle the beach, although the beach is filled with all shades of black and gray rocks with some reds ones, too.
It's very striking with the jarring red rocks, but not a great beach to spend time on.
The church near the entrance is very striking, too, with the stark white against the red rocks.
We decided to head back to the Theros Wave restaurant at Eros Beach for lunch. Remember, you drive down this dirt road for about a mile...
Until you come to this delightful spot at the end of the road...
The risotto was delicious!
That evening we drove to the northern tip of the island to the village of Oia to see the sunset.
The views are stunning!
You have to park and walk into the main part of the village. The stone paved "roads" are lined with shops.
Of course, there are cats...
LOL - you can even rent a cat from this charming book store...
Even though they are guarded by a dog!
This guy was just laying on the sidewalk, watching the people go by...
As you can see, we weren't the only ones there to see the sunset! I managed to wiggle my way up to a good spot to take a few quick photos and then scooted out of there!
As we were walking back and looking for a restaurant with a good view of the sunset, we heard some music and all of a sudden there was a parade of donkeys going by through the narrow street!
The moonglow over the sea was breathtaking!
Oia is much more pleasant when the buses of people leave and the streets are emptier! I would definitely go back there early in the day, before the crowds arrive, to see more in the daytime. It's a very unique place.
The next photo is blurry but shows the blues of all the pools on the hillside. It's very pretty!
We were up early the next morning to fly to Athens for the last two days of our vacation. We fell in love with Greece and would return to see more for sure! Photos from Athens up next.
Have a great weekend!
Just a little note...
Just a little note**
Registrations are continuing for my day of classes in the San Jose area in northern California. You can find all the information in the link in the sidebar of my blog. Hope to see you there!