Fira is the main town/capitol of Santorini. Part of the town is sitting on steep cliffs and it is one of the most picturesque spots in all of Greece. Fira has the most restaurants, shops, and hotels and is the center of Santorini’s nightlife. Firostefani is a suburb of Fira, lying between Fira and Imerovigli. It is on the crest of a hill and thus has one of the spots with the best view on the island and especially looking back down to Fira.
Then afternoon was our journey to Red beach. On the way to Red beach , we saw a local corn stall and my husband started pretending he is a chef and asked to take pictures. Locals were very friendly. We came to location but we were not able to see any beach near us. So we asked a local and he told it is a hike. To get to Red beach is a small hike. Climbing a huge rock and climbing down gets us to beach. We started climbing the rock and mid way , we were fascinated to see. It was a very huge red rock infront of us with a small white patch in the middle and beach was almost invisible. We saw many small moving objects down and confirmed it as beach. As we headed down, we were amazed. This is a red sand beach. There were shacks for rent. We took two and rested. We were totally in very clear water swimming and playing around. Spent almost 2 hours there. Very beautiful beach. It does not seem like a beach until you go near because of huge red rock. After a very satisfying day, we headed to hotel.
Chania is a modern cosmopolitan city but unlike Athens, which has had periods where it was all but deserted, it has been continuously inhabited since Minoan times.In other words for at least 5000 years people have been living in this city, one civilization following another from Minoan, to Mycenaean, to Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine, Venetian, Turkish all the way up to its present day inhabitants some of whom share the blood of all these groups. Yes, there could be Minoans walking around the streets of Chania. Unlike Athens which lay dormant for centuries and basically began again from scratch in the mid 19th century, Chania has had a flourishing culture and in the 18th century was an international center of commerce(thanks Wikipedia and our local guide ;)). Chania, a town with a sophistication that would allow them to view Athens as somewhat provincial.
Head to the Santorini airport for boarding your flight to Athens. The journey to Athen from Santorini by flight takes only 50 minutes and the prices start at ₹1,200 onwards. Board your departure flight to India via Athens.When to goThe best time to visit the islands and beaches of Greece is from late May to early October when the weather is not so hot and there’s little to no rain. If you are planning on visiting anytime from June through August, make your reservations months in advance as these are the busiest and most expensive months. Also if you are interested in arts and culture, Athens and Epidaurus Festival is celebrated from June to August, when several theatre performances happen at historic venues. You can plan to visit Greece during winter as this is off-season and prices are relatively very low.Getting aroundThe cheapest way to get around in Athens is to use public transport. Regular tickets for metro, suburban trains, trams, trolleybuses or buses start at €1.40 or ₹100 for one and half hours. You can also buy a pass for €4.50 or ₹350 valid for 24 hours that also includes a metro ride to and from the airport. Avoid taking taxis to save money.Mykonos is one of the smallest of the Cyclades Islands and is best explored on a scooter. You can book it here and it cost €10-22 or ₹770-1,694 for a day. You can also get around by bus, taxi, car, scooter, ATV or boat.In Santorini, you can use the public bus service to go around in the city. The ticket cost starts from € 1.60 or ₹120.Flying to the Greek Islands on Aegean Airlines or Ryanair can save time over long ferry rides. You can book ferry tickets online from home a few weeks ahead, or in person.CostsFlight from Mumbai to Athens: ₹29,500One-way ticket on ferry: ₹1,200Stay: Starts from ₹711 on airbnb.A meal: ₹600With proper planning, your dream to travel to Europe on a budget can become a reality. What are you waiting for? Start planning your trip to Greece now!Have you been to Greece? Share your story with the Tripoto community of 25+ millions travellers.
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