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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The beach bar
Day 6: Spend the day at Perissa beach! Akrotiri is a good base to explore the pretty beaches of Santorini-Red Beach, While Beach, Black beach (Perissa beach) and Perivolos. We used the good old KTEL bus but you can always hire a car. While in Santorini, its a good idea to explore one of the traditional villages like Emporio, Pyrgos, Megalochori etc. We explored Emporio and loved its bougainvillea laded houses with blue doors and grape vines with bunches of juicy grapes.
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.