Thursday, September 11, 2014

FIRA AND THE VOLCANO IN SANTORINI


We got up early to visit Fira before the tour to Nea Kameni and the Volcano. The day before we bought the tickets of the tour at the hotel with no extra cost.



Sunrise in Santorini
Sunrise in Santorini from our hotel in Firostefani


We had breakfast comfortably on the terrace of our room. I truly liked this moment on our little terrace. Before I had gotten up at 6am to enjoy the sunrise since our room was facing to the east. Among this sunrise and the sunset, we visited:


  • Fira
  • Nea Kameni and the crater of the volcano
  • Hotsprings in Palea Kameni
  • Perissa Beach
  • Imerovigli
  • Firostefani


We arrived at Fira walking through a path next to the Caldera enjoying fantastic views in the morning. This walk takes usually 10 minutes from Firostefani, but we needed half an hour because we stopped several times and took many pictures of the beautiful views.



Firostefani in Santorini
Firostefani in Santorini


Caldera in Santorini
Behind the Skaros rock you can see Oia beside the Caldera of Santorini


Skaros rock beside Imerovigli in Santorini
Skaros rock beside Imerovigli in Santorini


Fira



Catholic cathedral of Fira
Catholic cathedral in Fira in Santorini


Orthodox cathedral in Fira
Orthodox cathedral in Fira


We wandered through the streets of Fira among shops of souvenirs, We visited two churches (both for free) and enjoyed the views of the caldera from Fira.

About 10:15 am we began to descend the 500 steps to the old port where the boats to Nea Kameni leave. The first leg we passed donkeys waiting for customers. It's early in the morning and is not hot yet but the area already smells a bit. Enjoying the views we went downstairs until we reached the port.



Stairway from Fira in Santorini to the Old Port
Stairway (500 steps) from Fira to the Old Port


Donkeys in Santorini
Donkeys going upstairs from the Old Port to Fira



The boat journey is nice and in 30 minutes we were in Nea Kameni. We walked about 20 minutes with our guide to reach the crater that smokes at some point. It's advisable to bring trainers, water and a hat or cup because of the heat. The guide told us that the temperature in the crater is about 100 degrees celsius. We had 30 minutes to walk around the crater and for taking some pictures. From this point we saw Oia, Fira, Firostefani and Imerovigli behind the Caldera.

The tour to Nea Kameni is interesting because of the boat journey, the views of Santorini from Nea Kameni and the curiosity of seeing a steaming crater of a volcano.




Fira and Firostefani in Santorini
Fira and Firostefani from the Caldera in Santorini



Nea Kameni and the Volcano



Santorini from Nea Kameni
Path in Nea Kameni which led us to the crater of the Volcano with Santorini in the background




Santorini in the Greek Islands
Walking to the crater of the Volcano in Nea Kameni near Santorini





Crater of the Volcano in Santorini
People around the crater of the Volcano in Santorini


Crater of the Volcano in Santorini
Crater of the Volcano in Santorini


Crater of the Volcano in Santorini
The crater of the Volcano of Santorini still smokes


Oia in Santorini from the crater of the Volcano
Oia in Santorini from the crater of the Volcano




We came back to the boat for sailing to the hot springs of Palea Kameni, an adjacent island where we enjoyed a bath in sulfur rich thermal waters for about 30 minutes. The tour finished after coming back to Santorini, where we arrived about 2pm.



Boats which took us from Santorini to Nea Kameni
One of these boats took us from Santorini to Nea Kameni, Palea Kameni and back to Santorini


Hotsprings in Palea Kameni



Hot Springs of Palea Kameni near Santorini
Hot Springs of Palea Kameni near Santorini


We had lunch in the restaurant Nikolas in Fira and then we took a bus to Perissa, where there is one of the black beaches of the island. There We enjoyed a nice, relaxing and sunny afternoon on the Perissa Beach with calm water.



Saganaki cheese
Saganaki cheese is a typical dish of the Greek Cuisine



Perissa Beach



Perissa beach in Santorini
Calm water of Perissa beach in Santorini


Perissa beach in Santorini
Black sand of Perissa beach in Santorini


Perissa beach in Santorini
Umbrellas on Perissa beach in Santorini


Perissa beach in Santorini
Perissa is one of the black beaches of Santorini




In the evening, after a relaxing shower and a pleasant walk to Imerovigli, we enjoyed the sunset from Firostefani and then we had dinner pretty well in Simos tavern.



Imerovigli



Imerovigli in Santorini
Imerovigli in Santorini from Firostefani


Firostefani



Firostefani in Santorini
Firostefani in Santorini



Agios Nikolaos monastery in Santorini
Blue dome of Agios Nikolaos monastery located between Firostefani and Imerovigli



Sunset in Santorini from Firostefani
Sunset in Santorini from Firostefani


Windmill in Firostefani
Windmill in Firostefani


Restaurant in Firostefani
Restaurant in Firostefani


Simos Tavern in Santorini
Simos Tavern in Santorini, where we 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

  • Fira
  • Excursion to Nea Kameni and Volcano
  • Beach of Perissa (black beach)
  • Sunset in Firostefani



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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