The third must do thing - relax.It's funny we travel to relax, but that is the last thing, especially Indians do when on a vacation.Let go off that must-see , book a nice and chic Caldera view hotel, just sit back in the balcony, and see the island hallucinating you with its various tricks. If you have wine for company, it makes it a serene experience.(Try their local white wine ).It actually works, we have done that for 2 evenings, and I can say they were well spent. The reason on the first was the unexpected showers, and we had to, but the second one was by choice.
Quickies for you:
1. Caldera memories: A beautiful view, a very kind owner Koula, the best site we stayed in. Link here: Caldera Memories
2. Tholos: This was our last moment spot, and was Oh so beautiful, right behind my friend Scaros. They give complementary wine and fruits too.Ask them for the jacuzzi room. Link here: Tholos
3. Ask your hotel to book a cab for your pickup and drop from Thira port.
4. There is a fair chance ferries will be cancelled due to strikes in the current situation, so be prepared with a Plan B.We had to stay one more night in Santorini for the same.
5. Scuba diving at Santorini is supposed to be an amazing experience, try it.
6. Do eat at Taverna Tasos, at Imerovigli and say hello to Theodore.He will make super customized desserts for you, and he knows no English, that is the fun. The other yummy eat outs are Mama Thira, Meli and Thymary at Kamari ans Ambrosia at Santorini for fine dining and lovely sea food.
If Santorini gives you the feeling, ' I have seen the most beautiful place on this planet ', scratch that. Milos, is virgin beauty. Not touched much, a bus terminal like airport, far distanced houses, less money minded people, and the best of all, pure, turquoise, virgin waters. I'm sure Milos will be one of the few untouched islands in Greece. Sadly, as I mentioned about the ferry strikes in Greece because of its economic condition, our 2 days Milos stay came down to 4 hours. Can you imagine the frustration? 4 hours before we had to catch our flight to Athens. So what does one do?
D'Mitri to our rescue (this name there is like Rahul in India, every 3rd person has it). He is a 65 plus, jolly, talkative(even with cute broken Greek English) cab driver. He is working even now. We told him, we have about 2 hours to cover Milos, to which he responded so positively with his jolly gestures,"Sit, I will take you". So off we were on the D'Mitri ride. His talks included so much innocence and experience at the same time, doesn't take time to trust a guy like him. He proudly has 4 children, and when asked about his age, his response, was," Ahhhh noooo!!!! D'Mitri.. Boom...grave..down down..", apparently anything bad for him in English is 'Boom'.
He took us to without doubt the most beautiful beach I have seen in my life so far: Sarakiniko. It was just us there, and the blues. It's not a sand beach.The bone white beach is formed from volcanic rocks shaped by wind and wave, imagine Nature's poetry. It is perfect filming or photography spot, with all the calm you need. I just wanted to stay there, never come back. The pictures do no justice, trust me.