Wednesday, September 10, 2014

OIA IN SANTORINI



The ferry of Hellenic Seaways left on time to Santorini, where we arrived at 11:50 am. We disembarked quickly to catch the first bus out to Fira and not to have to wait in the port of Athinios for the next bus. The bus was crowded. We arrived at the bus station of Fira after 20 minutes drive. It was a bit chaotic because of the arrival and departure of many buses and the amount of people there. 

Ferry of Hellenic Seaways
Highspeed ferry which led us from Creta to Santorini


Our hotel was in Firostefani. At the hotel, the manager, Angeliki, told us all we had to know: restaurants, places to visit, supermarkets, bus stops. We went to the restaurant Aktaion 5 minutes from the hotel.


Aktaion restaurant in Santorini
Aktaion restaurant in Santorini



Greek Salad in Santorini
Greek salad we ordered in Aktaion restaurant


Skaros rock in Firostefani
Skaros rock from Aktaion restaurant in Santorini



After having dinner we took a bus to Oia to enjoy the sunset. The bus was very crowded and we couldn't sit down. It was mid-September and we realized that buses were usually really crowded. In August it would be horrible. After 30 minutes drive we arrived at Oia, where many people had already arrived before us. We didn't walked around the town. Instead we went right to find a place to enjoy the sunset. It really was wonderful in spite of the amount of people everywhere. After the sunset, we decided to take only a short walk and catch the first bus back to Firostefani, which of course was full.



Oia in Santorini
Street in Oia


Oia in Santorini
White houses beside the caldera in Oia, one of the beautiful villages in Santorini


Caldera of Santorini from Oia
View of the Caldera of Santorini from Oia


Oia in Santorini
White Houses and blue domes in Oia



Santorini in the Greek Islands
Typical greek churches in Santorini, white with their blue domes in Oia


Windmills in Oia
Windmills in Oia





Sunset in Santorini from Oia
We were in place on time to enjoy the sunset from Oia in Santorini



Sunset in Santorini from Oia
The sunset from Oia in Santorini has just begun



Sunset in Santorini from Oia
Beautiful colors on the horizon of Santorinni during the sunset we enjoyed from Oia




Sunset in Santorini from Oia
The sun viewed from Oia reflected in my sunglasses





Sunset in Santorini from Oia
The sun beyond the houses of Oia and the Caldera about to dive in the horizon 



Oia in Santorini
There were many people enjoying the sunset from Oia in Santorini


Greek churches in Oia
Typical blue domes of the greek churches in Oia


Caldera in Santorni from Oia
From Oia in Santorini you can see Fira, Firostefani and Imerovigli behind the caldera



Greek churches with their blue domes in Oia
Two greek churches with their blue domes in Oia. Behind them you can see the towns of Fira, Firostefani and Imerovigli


I think the sunset in Oia has been mythologized, perhaps because from this town the sun is visible until the moment it dives into the horizon. However it was so crowded that we almost had to struggle to find a point from where we could see the sunset quietly.

In the following days we saw the sunset from Firostefani and from Fira and from these towns they are as beautiful as the one from Oia and without so many people. So personally I liked them more.

We had dinner in Mama's House, one of the restaurants Angeliki recommended us and located near the bus station of Fira.  We really enjoyed our meal.


This was our trip route from Crete and the Greek Islands to Athens:



Day 1 - Crete: Chania

  • Beach of Agios Apostoli
  • Venetian Port
  • Splantzia (Turquish Quarter)
  • Jewish Quarter


Day 2 - Crete




Day 3 - Crete: Rethymnon and Heraklion

  • Venetian Port in Rethymnon
  • Loggia, Rimondi fountain and streets of the old town of Rethymnon
  • Fortress of Rethymnon
  • Venetian Port of Heraklion


Day 4 - Crete




Day 5 - Santorini

  • Hellenic Seaways ferry from Heraklion to Santorini
  • Sunset in Oia


Day 6 - Santorini




Day 7 - Santorini



Day 8 - Mykonos

  • Hellenic Seaways ferry from Santorini to Mykonos
  • Mykonos Town
  • Windmills and Little Venice


Day 9 - Mykonos

  • Delos Island
  • Paraportiani Church in Mykonos Town
  • Beach of Agios Ioannis
  • Little Venice


Day 10 - Mykonos



Day 11 - Mykonos Town



Day 12 - Athens

  • Acropolis
  • Ancient Agora
  • Hadrian's Library
  • Temple of Olympian Zeus
  • Panathenaic Stadium
  • Monastiraki District


Day 13 - Athens

  • Roman Agora
  • Plaka District


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