We came back to Fira and started exploring the restaurants and shopping area. The cliff side restaurants are amazing. We opted for outdoor seating and enjoyed the Fira sunset and amazing Greek food and red wine. A perfect romantic dinner on our honeymoon!
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I reached Santorini with an early morning boat from Crete, a mere two-hour-and-twenty-minute journey that led me to another world. It wasn't exactly cheap (55€), but if there was one island that I really wanted to visit it was Santorini.When you get off the boat you'll find yourself at the bottom of a very high cliff and you'll necessarily have to take a bus (€2,20) to tackle the long hairpin road to the main town, Fira (also spelled Thira or Thera).
Romance is another name for Santorini, for if you will not fall in love with this beauty, you will not fall in love with anything else. Dramatic cliff tops, overlooking the striking blue Aegan sea and the sparkling white architecture make this volcanic island the coolest place to be for honeymooners.
As soon as someone hears the name of Santorini, what flashes in front of the eyes are the monochrome picture of this beach town bathed in white and blue. Only here santorini is mentioned because of its historical significance and the Akrotiri Excavations it boasts of. The excavations at Akrotiri have uncovered one of the most important prehistoric settlements of the Aegean. The volcanic materials had enveloped the entire island and the town itself when it erupted long ago. These materials, however, have been protected up to date the buildings and their contents, similar to Pompeii and attracts throngs of avid historians.
Therasia -Start early morning so that you can come back at least an hour before the sunset. To reach Therasia, you have to take a boat from the old port. We first went to an uninhabited island inside the caldera known as Nea Kameni. We actually walked on the volcanic formations to climb to the top of the volcano. From the top, the view was breathtaking. We then went to Therasia and were given 2 hours by the boat operators to explore the place on our own. We sat on a beach for a while and walked around the island. The food here was very expensive and the taste was not that great. If you are visiting Santorini then a volcano trek at Nea Kameni and a visit to Therasia is a must. The boat dropped us in Oia to see the sunset. This is the best place to watch the sunset in Santorini. To read more about the Santorini sunset and watch a video visit - Best Places to Enjoy The Santorini Sunset.
Atlantis Books E.E.
Another pastime could be browsing through the bookshelf of Atlantis Books in Oia. It was opened by two friends who were on holiday in Santorini a few years ago and ran out of books to read. Upon finding out that Santorini had no bookshop, they decided to open one. It's an inspiring place, where books are cherished, recommended, and always treated with love. Check out the name of that box of used books: pre-loved books, isn't it lovely? Inside it's cosy, with literally pyramids and piles of books, quotations from famous writers, Greek classics and a lovely but uncomfortable staircase that you have to climb to reach the terrace.
Porto Fira Suites
You'll feel like you're dreaming when you look out over the water and the magical views that you get at Porto Fira Suites. A luxurious place to enjoy all that Santorini has to offer. The breakfasts are divine and the sunsets make you stop everything and gaze in awe. Put a glass of Greek wine in your hand, and that's the perfect Santorini evening!
This spot is so very, authentically Greek -- in the best way. It's super social and full of locals and visitors alike, all to the soundtrack of terrific Greek music. They've got great traditional meze dishes and a great offering of vegetarian options, too (skip the sub par pizza, which I didn't even try, despite the fact that they call it "the best in the world"). You can't beat its seaside location and it's long list of Greek wines.
As a part of the Volcano Tour that we had taken, they make a stop at Therasia which is an island with population of 130 people, and ate the best Moussaka for lunch ever at Capt. John's !We finished off the day by sailing to Oia ( pronounced - Ia) which is at the other end of the Santorini Island to witness sunset. A climb up 300 steps from the port to the town of Oia leaves you breathless. Alternatively one can take a ride up on a mule.The typical Greek Island - white houses, blue domes and purple and orange skies - yes that's Oia ! The haze from the Volcano lends a vibrant purple hue to the picturesque sunset that thousands of tourists gather to watch each evening.
Museum of Prehistoric Thira
One thing that I want to recommend is to visit the Museum of Prehistoric Thira in the main town of the island. Here you can find the frescoes found in Akrotiri. There are two museums almost one in front of the other: the other is the Archeological Musuem, which is rather small and somehow unimpressive. The frescoes on display in the Museum of Prehistoric Thira are truly astonishing, and they give an idea of the sophistication of the civilization. Historians and archaeologist are not yet sure if Akrotiri was an independent settlement with contacts with the Minoans or if it was an entirely Minoan colony.
Ancient Thira - Ancient Thira is an antique city on Messavouno Mountain. It is close to Kamari beach. Even if you are not interested in the Archaeological remains at Ancient Thira, you must visit this place for the panoramic view and the long drive to the top of the mountain.
In order to catch the best view of the sunset, you need to go early to camp there because it will be so crowded! The architecture is amazing and is highlighted by the stark white of the buildings and the contrasting colorful doors and window shutters. The characteristic classic view of the village of Oia is the bright white and blue of the church contrasting with the deep blue of the Aegean Sea in the background.