I'm almost done sharing our vacation in Greece - just a couple more posts. Someday, when I scrapbook this trip, I'll have these posts to refer to when the memories fade. I also hear from readers who tell me that they use my posts to help them plan trips - I love that! (You can use the search box on the side to search for a place or topic and those posts will come up.) I shared about Syros and Mykonos on the previous few posts, if you missed those and want to look back.
After our time on Mykonos, we took the ferry to the island of Santorini. As we approached the island, we could see a line of white buildings atop the cliffs - that would end up being the town where we would stay - Fira.
The tiny port in Santorini is at the bottom of the cliffs...
It's crazy when you get off the boat with the other thousands of people! Thankfully we spotted a man holding a sign with our name for the shuttle transfer to our hotel.
We were VERY glad to have our experienced driver winding our way up the hairpin turns to the top!
Our hotel was wonderful, set just a couple streets off the main street of Fira, just far enough to feel peaceful! We stayed at the Anatoli Hotel - I highly recommend it! Our room opened out to the pool.
The kitty enjoys the shade too!
After a little relaxing at the pool, we walked to the main streets of Fira where we found the shops and swarms of people... Ugh... not our favorite part!
By going just a little further along the streets, we quickly got out of the crowds and followed the path along the rocky cliffs with great views of the city behind us.
The colors are divine!
Following the path up and up...
Waiting for the sun to set...
Like everywhere in Greece, the cats are plentiful! This was one of the few fluffy cats we saw along the path...
As the sun was going down, the view walking back to Fira was even prettier with the lights coming on...
The next day we rented a cute little convertible Fiat 500 and set out of see more of the island.
Our first stop was the village of Pyrgos. I mixed up my horses and mules in Syros, but I know this is a donkey!
A donkey selfie?
The narrow streets wind up and up...
This is a typical interior of the Greek Orthodox churches that we saw...
The views were beautiful! The blue domed roofs are always churches...
Lots of piles of rocks...
We saw these men drawing water from a well at the top of the village for a lady's wash bucket...
We enjoyed a coffee at a cafe and watched the people before heading back down and continuing our adventure - now up to the highest point on the island at the top of Moni Profitou Iliou.
There is a weather station and a monastery up there.
After exploring up there, we headed down to the black beaches of the southern coast of the island. The black lava stones are such a contrast to the white sand beaches we know in Florida!
It was very difficult to walk on these stones because you sank with every step!
The best thing is to find a chaise and enjoy the beach from there. We found two and enjoyed a snack.
I spy... a cat! :)
Further along the coast we stopped and walked at another one of the black beaches. The cliffs along the edge are so interesting with the formations on them. As we walked further along the beach, we noticed that more and more people were nude - oops! Time to turn around!
As we drove along the coast to the next beach, we saw signs for Eros Beach that wasn't on our map and thought we'd see what it was like.
The road to get there feels like a set for a Star Wars movie or something. No tourist crowds here!
At the end of the road, we found a beach and a restaurant, the Theros Wave restaurant, that was truly an oasis! We ended up coming back here again another day, we enjoyed it so much.
We had lunch at the restaurant overlooking the beach. It was delightful!
Next along the coast is Red Beach, aptly named for the red rocks that surround the beach. The only way to get there is down a rocky path along the cliffs and since I didn't have on good shoes for climbing, we decided to come back here another day.
Right nearby we found this cute little family restaurant on the water.
We had the most delicious fresh fish I've ever had! What a difference when it is caught and served the same day!
We went to the lighthouse on the southwest tip of the island to watch the sunset. On the way there we passed an interesting display (we actually saw this type of thing a couple times on the island) where they used giant stuffed animals to make a statement - not sure what the statement is but it was unusual!
Far in the distance, on the top of the cliffs, we could see our town of Fira...
The sunset was gorgeous, of course!
It was a great day - we loved finding ways to explore and avoid the crowds! One more day in Santorini on my blog tomorrow...
Thanks for following along! xoxo