|Santorini at Dawn|
We spent 3 nights in Santorini, 3 in Naxos and 3 in Athens. If we hadn't have come in on such long flights 2 nights probably would have been enough for Santorini but I really wanted to ensure we saw Akrotiri and that involved a day trip which I didn't want to do on our first day on Santorini. I was up at the ass-crack of dawn the first few mornings getting adjusted to the time change and the island was equally beautiful at that time.
Fish Vendors on Side of the Road
Even though Santorini is very touristy regular life still happens as we saw at this busy roadside vegetable and fish stand. This was right in Fira right in the most touristy part!
|Vegetables for Sale on Side of the Road|
|Windy but amazing view!|
Part of the reason I loved where we stayed was the fabulous view of the rock formation below which is known as Skaros rock. You can actually climb up to the top if you are so inclined and have the right footwear.
|View out of the restaurant - Skaros Rock|
|Archeological Museum in Fira housing items from Akrotiri|
After doing extensive research on getting to Akrotiri rather than taking public buses and hoping a guide would be available to show us the site we decided to do a tour of the southern part of Santorini that included a professional guide at the site. I am glad that we did. We ended up seeing so much more of Santorini. Below is the ancient town of Megalochori. Very pretty, and only motorbikes can drive through as the streets were not made for cars. Fortunately you can park at one end and walk through the small town in about 10 minutes.
|Ancient town of Megalochori|
|Excavations of Akrotiri|
|Staircase showing damage from the earthquakes|
|Perissa beach - black Volcanic Sand|
|The best salad we have ever eaten - Santorini Salad|
We paid about $250 Canadian a night for this family owned guest house(Smaro Studios-Andreas suite-booked 6 months in advance)which is cheap for Caldera view as many run in the $400-$1000 night range. On the other side of the island at Perissa you can easily find hotels for less than $100 a night but they don't have this view so a definite splurge for us and one I don't regret. Up next was our ferry ride to Naxos!